NAGLE AND JOHNSTON TEAM UP IN PROPELLING FERRIS TO SERIES SWEEP
Behind Pat Nagleís (Bloomfield) 33 saves and Jordie Johnstonís(Rosetown, Saskatchewan) game-winning goal, the Ferris State menís ice hockey team downed the Northern Michigan Wildcats by a 2-1 score in Saturdayís (Nov. 29) Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series finale at NMUís Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich.
|Junior right wing Blair Riley's second-period goal gave Ferris State the lead for good as the Bulldogs would go on to a 2-1 win at Northern Michigan Saturday evening.|
The win improves Ferris State's record to 7-6-3 overall on the season while the Bulldogs are now 6-4-2-0 in the CCHA. FSU extends its winning streak to two as well as a result of the Bulldogs completing the league weekend series sweep. The two victories over NMU marks the first time since the 1998-99 season that Ferris swept a series from the Wildcats. FSU skated to a 2-0 and 4-2 decisions back on Nov. 20-21, 1998 on the 'Cats home ice.
The Wildcats had number of scoring opportunities in the first period but were unable to get one past sophomore Pat Nagle, who saved all 11 shots in the frame. Ferris State didnít record a single shot on goal despite acquiring a five-minute power-play opportunity on a NMU major penalty in the later stages of the opening period.
Despite not picking up its first shot of the game until 1:12 into the second period, Ferris State was able to get on the board first nevertheless. Junior right wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) netted his fifth goal of the season with 8:36 to go in the period to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. FSUís five-on-three power-play lamplighter came as a result of sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) firing a shot on goal between the circles which bounced off NMU goaltender Devan Hartiganís pads to Riley outside the crease. Riley alertly was there to pop home the rebound.
|Freshman center Derek Graham battles a Wildcat skater for possession of the puck in the Bulldogs' victory over NMU.|
The Bulldogs held their one-goal lead until 2:31 remaining in the period when Nicholas Kosinski netted one for the Wildcats to even the count. But, Ferris State would regain the upper hand just nine seconds later as freshman center Jordie Johnston recorded his first collegiate goal to make it a 2-1 game entering the third period. Proceeding the NMU goal, the Bulldogs won the faceoff at center ice as junior left wing Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) gained control and skated to the goal line of ĎCats zone where he threw the puck toward the Northern goal. Johnston was there on doorstep to the opposite side and directed the puck into the net.
For the game, Northern Michigan outshot Ferris State 34-12. Pat Nagle (4-5-1) earned the win for Ferris State with a complete-game 33-save performance while Tyler Hartigan (1-3-0) turned away 10 shots in taking the loss.