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Monday, November 05, 2012

Bulldogs split series with Miami

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

For the second week in a row, Ferris State came out of the weekend with another split series, this time sharing a pair of games with No. 4 ranked Miami.

On Friday, the No. 19 ranked Bulldogs knocked off their No. 4 ranked counterparts with the help of two goals late in the third period en route to a 3-0 win.

Freshman defenseman Brandon Anselmini scored a power-play goal off a pass from junior forward Justin DeMartino at the 8:24 mark of the opening period, which would turn out to be the game-winner.

Ferris State sat on their 1-0 lead until sophomore forward Justin Buzzeo netted his first goal of the campaign at 7:36 elapsed in the third, with helpers being credited to classmate Nate Milam and freshman Zach Dorer.

A game misconduct penalty levied against the RedHawks' Marc Hagel just shy of the midway point of the frame helped pave the way for the Bulldogs' final marker. Finding the back of the net this time was freshman defenseman Connor Schmidt, thanks to a nifty set-up pass by sophomore forward T.J. Schlueter.

Bulldogs' netminder C.J. Motte secured his first shutout of the season with 25 stops, while counterpart Jay Williams had 28 saves to his credit.

In Saturday's series finale, Ferris State was unable to secure the sweep, losing a 4-2 decision.

Sophomore Justin Buzzeo evened-up the score 1-1 with less than two minutes remaining in the first, but Miami would reclaim their lead in the ensuing stanza on a Sean Kuraly power-play goal.

Austin Czarnik chipped in a pair of goals for the RedHawks in the final period, with a Travis Ouellette lamp-lighter sandwiched between.

Motte held a 36-24 advantage over Williams in total saves.

The Bulldogs (3-3-2 overall, 2-2-0 CCHA) venture to Sault St. Marie this weekend for a series against Lake Superior State (4-4-0 overall, 2-2-0 CCHA).

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