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FERRIS STATE HOCKEY CLAIMS THIRD PLACE BY WINNING SHOOTOUT

Aaron Lewicki
Aaron Lewicki netted the deciding goal in Ferris State's shootout win over Colgate as the Bulldogs captured third place at the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup.
The Ferris State hockey team placed third at the 13th annual Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup as the Bulldogs prevailed 2-1 in a shootout against Colgate after both teams tied 3-3 in overtime in Saturday's (Jan. 3) consolation game at Burlington, Vt.

Junior center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) tallied the deciding goal on the Bulldogs' third and final shootout attempt as he scored above the gloveside shoulder of Colgate goaltender Alex Evin. The Raiders started the NHL-style shootout by scoring on their first attempt and Ferris State would follow as junior right wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) connected on a top-shelf wrister. Neither team was able to score on their second attempt and a nice save by Bulldog goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) on the Raiders' last attempt set up the opportunity for Ferris to win the shootout.

Ferris State started out the contest scoring twice in the opening period with a pair of power-play goals. Junior center Casey Haines tallied his fifth of the year on a deflection just 2:03 into the game to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. FSU would add another score at the 7:40 mark when freshman center Derek Graham's (Schoolcraft) shot in the slot found the back of the Raiders' net. Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) picked up his second of three assists in the game on the Graham goal and would earn the game's first star.

Late in the first period, Colgate would storm back as the Raiders' David McIntyre scored back-to-back goals within the final 1:13 of the opening frame. McIntyre, who helped Colgate post a 35-34 shots on goal edge in the contest, tied the game at 2-2 with 24 seconds in the first period on a power-play lamplighter.

The teams would exchange a goal apiece in the second 20 minutes with Ferris snapping the 2-2 tie with a power-play goal by sophomore left wing Mike Embach (Orland Park, Ill.) at 4:59 of the period. Embach skated uncontested into the slot area of the Raider zone and wristed the puck between the five-hole of Alex Evin, who finished with 31 saves. The goal represented Embach's third of the season as Blair Riley and Zach Redmond were credited with an assist.

Colgate tied the game with 4:47 left in the second frame as Francois Brisebois hustled to a loose puck behind Nagle and scored the game-tying goal during a Raiders' power play.

Pat Nagle (5-6-2) would conclude the game with a 32-save effort, which featured 14 second-period stops.

Zach Redmond was Ferris State's lone representative on the six-member all-tournament team.



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