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FERRIS STATE SHOUTOUT AT MICHIGAN IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE

Matt Case
Junior defenseman Matt Case and Ferris State ended the regular season with a 4-0 loss at nationally-ranked Michigan in Saturday's series finale.
A three-goal second period by Michigan proved insurmountable for the Ferris State menís ice hockey team to overcome as the nationally third-ranked Wolverines posted a 4-0 regular-season finale victory over the Bulldogs Saturday (Feb. 28) evening in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) matchup at UMís Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.

With the loss to Michigan and Western Michiganís home victory over Bowling Green State, the Bulldogs will be taking to the road in first-round 2009 CCHA Playoff action at Nebraska-Omaha. The best-of-three post-season series will be held from March 6-8 at UNOís Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.

For Ferris State, the setback was the teamís fifth straight as FSU drops to 12-17-7 overall and 9-14-5-2 in CCHA play this season.

The opening period was a scoreless one as Michigan received three power-play opportunities to Ferris Stateís two. Shots on goal were 8-4 in favor of the Wolverines.

Michigan went on to dominate the second period as the Wolverines tallied three unanswered goals to take a 3-0 lead following 40 minutes of play. Robbie Czarnikís goal at 2:06 into the frame broke the scoreless deadlock and UM would proceed to add two more lamplighters just over a minute apart. Matt Rust connected for the Wolverines with 4:10 left in the period on a tip in front of the Bulldog net and then 1:10 later, Mark Mitera scored on a wrist shot from high above the left circle after Michigan won the faceoff. The game was a physical one and level of intensity increased as both teams were assessed a combined 106 minutes in penalties in the second period alone.

The Wolverines would tack on one more with 37 seconds left in the game on a power-play goal by Brandon Naurato as UM held the Bulldogs scoreless for the first time since Oct. 29, 2004 in a 3-0 home decision. A positive for Ferris in the final 20 minutes was outshooting the hosts by a 9-1 margin.

Evan Case
Defenseman Evan Case and goaltender Taylor Nelson spent a busy night in their zone trying to defend against the Wolverines' high-powered offense.
Ferris State would conclude the series finale tilt and CBS College Sports televised contest by being outshot 36-to-14 by the Wolverines. Freshman goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) turned aside 32 shots on goal for Ferris State while UM netminder Billy Sauer earned the shutout win for Michigan with a 14-save performance.

The win for Michigan completed a weekend home-and-home series sweep of Ferris State, which suffered its ninth loss in the last 10 meetings with the Wolverines. UM has now prevailed in its last six home encounters against the Bulldogs.



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