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Monday, November 21, 2011

Bulldogs split weekend series in Alaska

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

The No. 6 ranked Bulldogs experienced some fierce competition over the weekend from perhaps the unlikliest of foes - Alaska.

Going into the series, Ferris State stood tied for second place in the CCHA standings, while the Nanooks resided at very bottom with Bowling Green.

Much to the Bulldogs dismay, Alaska grabbed their first conference win of the season on Friday in quiet fashion with a 2-0 decision.

With under six minutes left in the opening period, Carlo Finucci and Cody Kunyk helped set-up Colton Beck's game-winning goal against Ferris State netminder Taylor Nelson.

It wasn't until the 6:26 mark of the third that the Nanooks would strike again, this time with Finucci lighting the lamp, courtesy of a Nik Yaremchuk pass.

Alaska's Scott Greeham finished with a slight advantage in the saves department over Nelson, 25-21.

The Bulldogs bounced back in the series finale with a 3-2 victory, despite a strong effort on the Nanooks' end.

Sophomore Andy Huff tallied an unassisted marker at the 12:28 mark of the first period, only to see Andy Taranto even-up the score a mere 23 seconds later.

Prior to the end of the frame, Ferris State recaptured their lead on a power play goal from Aaron Schmit, which came off a feed from junior Travis Ouellette.

In what turned out to be the only goal of the second period, Jarrett Granberg gave Alaska's offense a shot in the arm by scoring his fourth of the campaign to make it a 2-2 affair.

With 4:30 left in regulation, Huff staved off overtime by picking-up his second marker of the evening.

Freshman goaltender C.J. Motte stopped a career-high 31 shots for the Bulldogs, while Greenham was credited with 17.

Ferris State (10-3-1 overall, 6-3-1-0 CCHA) is idle this week and will return to action on December 2-3 with a home-and-home series against Western Michigan.

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