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Monday, December 02, 2013

Bulldogs stretch unbeaten streak to 11 games

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

There was no holiday hangover for the No. 6 ranked Ferris State Bulldogs this past weekend, as they gobbled three of four points from Northern Michigan.

The Bulldogs produced plenty of offense in Friday's game, notching two goals on the power-play en route to a 4-1 decision over their counterparts.

Sophomore forward Matt Robertson knocked in a pass from Chad McDonald in front of the net to put Ferris State ahead 1-0 at the 11:41 mark of the opening period.

Just over five minutes later, defenseman Zach Dorer made it a 2-0 affair, with forwards Kyle Schempp and Cory Kane earning helpers on the play.

Tempers flew in the ensuing stanza, as  the Bulldogs' Andy Huff and Northern Michigan's Reed Seckel were both shown the gates after their tussle with under seven minutes remaining in the second. Huff and Seckel were each given a fighting major and disqualification, but Seckel was also assessed a double-minor for roughing. The extra penalties levied toward the Wildcats paved the way for Schempp's power-play marker from just outside the crease with 16:25 elapsed.

An interference call against Northern Michigan to begin the third would also prove costly, as sophomore Brandon Anselmini fired a shot past Wildcats' netminder Mathias Dahlstrom to put the Bulldogs ahead by four. With the game seemingly out of reach, Northern Michigan head coach Walt Kyle removed Dahlstrom and inserted back-up Derek Dun, who stonewalled Ferris State for the remainder of the contest.

The Wildcats were able to end C.J. Motte's opportunity for a shutout bid with 11 seconds to go, as Cohen Adair lit the lamp while on the man-advantage.

Motte picked-up his 11th win of the campaign, stopping 32 of 33 shots faced.

Dahlstrom had 17 saves to his credit, while Dun went a flawless 8-8 in relief.

Saturday's series finale was much more hotly contested, with both squads producing their lone scores via power-play during the second period.

The Bulldogs struck first just before the midway point, with Robertson extending this goal-scoring streak to five games via Anselmini and Schempp.

A tripping penalty against Ferris State minutes later allowed Northern Michigan to produce the equalizer, as Jake Johnson slid the puck past Motte at the 14:17 mark.

Motte finished with a slight advantage over Dahlstrom in the saves department, 23-21.

Northern Michigan (6-6-2 overall, 4-3-1 WCHA) hits the road for their next four games to close out 2013, beginning with a trip to Minnesota State this Friday and Saturday night.

Ferris State (11-2-2 overall , 8-0-2 WCHA) remains in the Upper Peninsula this weekend, as they travel to Sault Ste. Marie for a two-game slate against Lake Superior State.

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