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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Bulldogs open season with a pair of wins

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

Ferris State made it through their first weekend series of the season relatively unscathed, sweeping St. Lawrence on the road by the scores of 4-2 and 5-1.

The Saints appeared the have the upper hand early on Friday night, grabbing a 1-0 lead with seven minutes remaining in the second period on a Jordan Dewey goal.

Nearly three minutes later, the Bulldogs evened-up the score on a power-play marker from freshman forward T.J. Schlueter. Earning helpers on Schlueter's first collegiate point were junior Eric Alexander and senior Chad Billins.

Junior forward Travis Ouellette finished off a pass from Schluter to give Ferris State their first lead of the game with 3:21 elapsed in the third, which came while on the man-advantage.

Later in the frame, junior Kyle Bonis netted an unassisted marker to extend the Bulldogs' lead to two, but St. Lawrence's Kyle Flanagan quickly responded with a goal of his own.

With the Saints' net empty in the final minute, Ouellette put the game out of reach by netting his second marker of the contest with 12 seconds left.

Senior netminder Taylor Nelson finished with 23 saves, while counterpart Matt Weninger was credited with 17.

On Saturday, Cory Kane and Bonis helped Ferris State jump out to a 2-0 lead before St. Lawrence's Chris Martn cut the score in half with a power-play goal midway through the second period.

Not to be outdone, Ouellette finished off a pass from Alexander with less than six minutes remaining in the frame to tally his third lamp-lighter of the campaign.

The Bulldogs added to their 3-1 lead late in the third period with insurance goals from Bonis and senior Jordie Johnston.

In his first collegiate start, freshman goaltender C.J. Motte stopped 16 shots to earn the decision for the Bulldogs.

At the other end of the ice, Robby Moss had 30 saves for the Saints.

Ferris State (2-0) wraps-up their non-conference schedule this weekend when they play host to RPI. Puck-drop for both contests is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

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