FERRIS DOWNS ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE IN SERIES FINALE TO WRAP UP 2008
Senior Corey Couturier (Traverse City) scored twice to help lead the Ferris State men's ice hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Alabama-Huntsville Saturday (Dec. 13) night in a chippy non-conference tilt at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
|Aaron Lewicki and the Bulldogs conclude 2008 on a winning note. (Photo by Scott Whitney)|
Couturier was one of four Bulldog skaters to tally a goal in the contest, which featured a combined 81 minutes in penalties. Ferris State, which improved to 9-8-3 overall this season with the victory, went 2-for-6 on the power play while holding the Chargers (2-9-1 overall) to a 0-for-10 showing on the man-advantage. Shots were 33-28 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Junior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) put FSU on the board first with his sixth goal of the season off a rebound shot at 10:51 into the game. The Ferris State captain positioned himself on the left edge of the crease and was able to sneak the puck past UAH netminder Cameron Talbot for the 1-0 Bulldog lead.
In the second period, Ferris increased its margin to 2-0 when Corey Couturier netted his fifth marker of the year on a wrist shot at the 3:18 mark. The Chargers would erase the two-goal deficit within a two-minute span with back-to-back lamplighters at 3:58 and 5:44, respectively.
The eventual game-winning goal would come with 3:28 remaining in the second period on a 4-on-3 power play tally by junior right wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia). The Bulldog assistant captain produced his seventh of the year on a one-timer from ithe left circle faceoff dot to give Ferris a 3-2 advantage going into the final period.
Ferris State would add to its lead in the third frame as freshman defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) converted on a 4-on-3 man Bulldog advantage for his second of the year. Sophomore left wing Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchwan) dished out his third assist of the night on the tally. With 3:16 remaining, Couturier chalked up his second goal of the contest and sixth of the season on a breakaway during a delayed penalty. Junior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) picked up his second assist in the process and joined Menke in attaining multiple helpers for the game.
|Corey Couturier (#19), who had two goals in the game, and Mike Embach (#26) anchored a Ferris State forward line which netted four points in Saturday's non-league decision over Alabama-Huntsville. (Photo by Scott Whitney).|
Couturier was tabbed as first star of the game for the second straight night as the right winger finished the two-game series with a combined four points on three goals and an assist. Menke was chosen as the contest's second star as a result of chalking up three assists in the Bulldogs' final 2008 appearance.
Freshman goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) turned in complete-game 26-save performance for Ferris State in improving his season record to 4-2-2. The Bulldog netminder made 13 of his 26 saves in the second period. Cameron Talbot made 28 stops, including 14 in the second period, in the loss for Alabama-Huntsville.