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Monday, November 18, 2013

Ferris State bowls over Falcons

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

A scare from Bowling Green State on consecutive nights wasn't enough to fend off the No. 14 ranked Ferris State Bulldogs, who spurred comebacks in both contests to nab three of four points and stay atop the WCHA standings.

In Friday's game, Ferris State held a 1-0 lead at the end of two periods, thanks to a short-handed goal by freshman forward Chad McDonald with just 2:20 elapsed in the middle frame.

From there, momentum shifted the way of the Falcons, who rattled off a trio of goals within a 10 minute frame in the third.

With under two minutes remaining in regulation, senior forward Garrett Thompson fired the puck past Bowling Green netminder Tommy Burke, with assists being credited to Justin Buzzeo and Scott Czarnowczan.

Coach Bob Daniels' decision to add an extra skater in the final minute paid huge dividends, as senior forward Corey Kane found the back of the net with nine seconds left to force overtime. Buzzeo and Czarnowczan both earned their seconds helpers of the night on the game-tying goal.

Junior goaltender C.J. Motte fended off 37 of 40 shots faced, while Burke finished with 28 saves on 31 opportunities.

The Falcons looked for the upset once again in the series finale, holding a 2-0 advantage for nearly two entire periods before the Bulldogs were able to respond.

Freshman forward Kyle Schempp cut the deficit in half with his fifth goal of the campaign at the 18:03 mark.

Ferris State strung together a dominant third period that saw them net three goals to produce a come-from-behind victory.

Following a short-handed marker by sophomore forward Kenny Babinski at 5:37, classmate Matt Robertson lit the lamp nearly 11 minutes later while on the power play for the game-winning goal.

With 1:01 left in the game, Thompson provided the Bulldogs some cushion with an unassisted empty-netter.

Motte recorded 30 saves en route to improving to 8-0-1 as a starter.

Taking the loss in net for Bowling Green was Tomas Sholl, who had 25 stops to his credit.

Ferris State (8-2-1 overall, 5-0-1 WCHA) wraps-up their six-game homestand this Friday and Saturday night when they play host to Alaska.

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