ALASKA HOLDS BULLDOGS SCORELESS TO COMPLETE SERIES SWEEP
A dominant goaltending effort from Alaska's Chad Johnson and a timely third-period goal was all the Nanooks would need in a 2-0 decision over the Ferris State hockey team Saturday (Nov. 22) evening at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
The win gave Alaska a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) weekend series sweep of Ferris State, which drops to 5-6-3 overall and 4-4-2-0 in the league this season as a result of the loss.
Johnson turned in a stellar performance for Alaska with 30 saves in a complete-game decision to receive game first-star recognition. The Nanooks' netminder stopped 11 shots in the second period and then turned away all 10 Bulldog shots in the finale frame to improve his mark to 5-4-1 this campaign. Alaska also totaled 20 team blocked shots while Ferris State compiled nine blocked shots.
The teams skated to a scoreless opening 40 minutes of play before Alaska registered the initial score just 34 seconds into the third period. Justin Brossman netted his first of the season on a one-timer in front of the Ferris goal as the puck bounced off the back board to the freshman right winger who fired one past FSU sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield). The Nanooks would add an insurance marker with 11 seconds remaining in the contest on Derek Klassen's first goal of the season. Klassen swiped the puck away from a Bulldog skater and measured up a shot from Ferris' blueline which slid in between the posts of the FSU net.
Ferris State, which managed to outshoot the visitors 30-27 in the game, received a 25-save performance from Pat Nagle (3-5-1). The Bulldogs received seven power-play chances while the Nanooks had four man-advantage opportunities.
Alaska continued its recent series dominance over Ferris State as the Nanooks are now 9-0-2 in their last 11 meetings with the Bulldogs, which includes a 5-0-2 ledger on FSU's home ice.
Ferris State will have an opportunity to avenge the pair of losses to the Alaska in late February 2009 with a pair of league outings at Fairbanks, Alaska.