LEWICKI AND CHUPP SCORE TWICE AS FERRIS TOPPLES BRONCOS
Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) and Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) scored a pair of goals apiece as the Ferris State men's ice hockey team registered a 5-2 victory over Western Michigan Saturday (Oct. 25) night in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) weekend home-and-home series finale at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
Ferris State built a 3-0 in the opening period as Lewicki tallied back-to-back goals for the Bulldogs, who are now 2-2-2 overall and 1-0-1-0 in the CCHA to date this season. The junior forward cracked the scoreboard just 59 seconds into the contest by pushing the puck between the pads of WMU goaltender Jerry Kuhn. Lewicki would then notch his third lamplighter of the season at the 3:05 mark as the FSU skater deked Kuhn and his backhander found the back of the Broncos net to Kuhn's stickside. The goal was set up after senior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) stole the puck in the neutral zone and fed a nifty cross ice pass to Lewicki for his second assist of the game.
The Bulldogs would add their third goal of the first frame with 9:14 remaining on junior right wing Cody Chupp's power-play tally. Chupp, FSU's team captain, posted his second goal of the year as a result of redirecting the puck in front of the WMU goal off a one-timer by sophomore defenseman Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake).
|Casey Haines netted a short-handed goal in the Bulldogs' 5-2 home league triumph over Western Michigan Saturday (Oct. 25) evening. (Photo by Sandy Gholston)|
Junior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) accounted for the second period's lone goal as he netted a short-hander with 2:38 left to go in the stanza. Haines wristed a shot from above the right circle over the blocker for his second of the season.
Ferris pushed its lead to 5-0 just 1:20 into the third period on Chupp's second goal of the night and his third of the campaign. WMU would get on the board at 7:12 on a Chris Clackson goal and then added another score with 10:20 remaining in the encounter.
FSU concluded the game with 36 shots on goal to Western's 31-game total. The Bulldogs were one-of-six on the power play while the Broncos were unsuccessful in seven such opportunities.
Sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) earned the win with a 29-save effort in improving his record to 1-2-1 this season. Jerry Kuhn (0-3-1) made 31 stops for Western Michigan, which drops to 1-4-1 overall and 0-1-1-1 in the CCHA with the setback.