Great Games of Bulldog Hockey
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February 2, 2013 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 2, Western Michigan 2 (OT) [Ferris wins shootout, 2-1]
Before a standing room only crowd, the Bulldogs overcome two major penalties to set the stage for captain Kyle Bonis, who scores the tying goal with 42 seconds remaining. Ferris goes on to win the shootout, 2-1, and claim an extra point in the CCHA standings against the first place Broncos. Also scoring for Ferris was Matt Kirzinger at 14:47 of the first period. Bonis scored the deciding goal in the shootout while goalie CJ Motte made 23 saves during the game and two more in the shootout. Western popped home a pair of power plays goals, one with a 2-man advantage, to take a 2-1 lead in the third period. The two teams combined for 33 penalties and 115 penalty minutes in a battle that raged on throughout the night before a wild crowd of 2,537 fans. Sixteen infractions were called in the third period alone and three players were disqualified from the contest. The game marked the final regular-season matchup between the two rivals as FSU departs for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and WMU moves to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) next season.
-contributed by Matt Yeoman, who mentioned it was one of the greatest games he has ever seen.
January 18, 2013 at East Lansing, Mich. -- FERRIS 2, Michigan State 1
Before a Fox Sports Detroit television audience and a crowd of 6,011 at MSU's Munn Arena, the Bulldogs win a dramatic 2-1 battle to start their final regular season CCHA series against the Spartans. Bulldog goalie CJ Motte (27 saves) out-dueled MSU goalie Jake Hildebrand (33 saves), making several spectacular saves, including a point-blank Spartan shot with three seconds remaining in the game. Corey Kane scored for Ferris in the first period and Travis Ouellette notched the game-winner at 2:56 of the third period. Ferris went on to win 5-2 the following night in Big Rapids to cap a weekend sweep.
November 30, 2012 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 5, Michigan 0
The Bulldogs break open a scoreless tie in the second period to rout Michigan in the final weekend trip to Big Rapids for the Wolverines as a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Simon Denis scored what proved to be the game-winner at 6:23 of the second period. Also scoring for Ferris were Eric Alexander, Matt Robertson, Dakota Klecha and Garrett Thompson (shorthanded). Goalie CJ Motte posted the shutout with 27 saves. Michigan, along with Michigan State and Ohio State, will join a newly formed Big 10 Hockey Conference for the 2013-14 season. The Bulldogs will leave the disbanded CCHA and join the WCHA in 2013-14.
April 5, 2012 at Tampa, Florida -- FERRIS 3, Union 1
Down 1-0 at the NCAA Frozen Four semi-finals with under three minutes to play in the second period, the Bulldogs tie the game on a goal by senior forward Aaron Schmit. Junior forward Kyle Bonis adds the game-winner at 15:17 of the third period to back a clutch 27 save effort by senior goalie Taylor Nelson. Schmit scores into an empty net with 55 seconds remaining for his second goal of the night and sends Ferris into the NCAA Division I Championship game. The Bulldogs fall 4-1 to Boston College in the Finals but return home with the Second Place trophy from the Frozen Four, matching the 1989 Bulldog wrestling team and the 2006 women's golf squad for the highest team finish in school history.
March 24, 2012 at Green Bay, Wisc. -- FERRIS 2, Cornell 1
Ferris gains its first-ever trip to the NCAA Frozen Four with a 2-1 win over Cornell in the Regional Final. Senior forward Jordie Johnston scores the game-winner and also assists on the opening goal by sophomore forward Garrett Thompson. Taylor Nelson, named the Regional's MVP, adds 22 saves to the winning effort.
March 23, 2012 at Green Bay, Wisc. -- FERRIS 2, Denver 1
The Bulldogs are selected for the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history and quickly respond with a victory over WCHA power Denver in the Midwest Regional Semi-Finals. Senior forward Jordie Johnston gets the Bulldogs on the board and freshman defenseman Simon Denis scores his first collegiate goal to furnish the scoring for FSU. Senior Taylor Nelson kicks away 25 saves to propel Ferris into the Regoinal Championship game.
March 13, 2010 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 3, Nebraska-Omaha 2 (OT)
The Bulldogs qualify for the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena for only the fourth time in school history on the strength of Casey Haines' goal just 23 seconds into overtime. Ferris wins the best-of-three series (2-0) to improve its all-time CCHA home playoff record to 12-0. Blair Riley, who set up the game-winner, scored in the first period and FSU's other goal came from Aaron Lewicki in the second period. With the scored tied 2-2, the two teams battled to a scorless third period to set up the overtime heroics. It marked the final CCHA game for Nebraska-Omaha, which jumped to the WCHA starting with the 2010-11 season.
January 23, 2010 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 3, Michigan 2
Defenseman Zach Redmond's goal with 23 second remaining in the third period sent the sell-out crowd into a frenzy as Ferris topped Michigan, 3-2. The Wolverines had tied the score just a minute and 26 second earlier to quiet the crowd (for the moment). Also scoring for Ferris were Casey Haines and Matt Case.
November 21, 2009 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 6, Ohio State 5 (OT)
The Bulldogs overcome a 5-2 third period deficit to pull out a 6-5 overtime win with some last minute heroics. Cody Chupp's second goal of the game with 50 seconds remaining in regulation capped the three-goal third period rally and sent the game into overtime, where Casey Haines scored the game-winner with only 22 seconds left.
November 14, 2009 at Oxford, Ohio -- FERRIS 1, Miami 1 (OT) (Ferris wins in shootout)
Goalie Pat Nagel stops Miami a conference-record 11 consecutive times in the overtime shootout to deliver the CCHA win for the Bulldogs. It marked the second straight night Ferris had beaten top-ranked Miami in a shootout. Defenseman Chad Billins scored the decisive shootout goal while Aaron Lewicki scored during regulation time for the Bulldogs.
October 27, 2007 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 3, Notre Dame 0
Defending CCHA champion Notre Dame is blanked by the Bulldogs behind a 37-save effort by goaltender Mitch O'Keefe and flawless 10-for-10 penalty killing. Ferris scores twice while shorthanded on goals by Matt Frank and Justin Menke -- both set up by Matt Case. An empty-net goal by Adam Miller capped the shutout. O'Keefe made 18 saves in the third period and survived a wild 6-on-3 Notre Dame advantage in the final minute with the Irish pulling their goalie in a 5-on-3 situation.
-contributed by Jane Hendrickson.
February 25, 2006 at Ann Arbor, Mich. -- FERRIS 4, Michigan 3 (OT)
Down 3-0 in the third period, the Bulldogs rally for a huge victory and silence a raucous Yost Arena crowd. Zac Pearson's goal just 42 seconds into overtime capped the dramatic comeback. Third period goals by Mark Bomersback, Corey Couturier and Matt Frank sent the game into the sudden death session, ultimately ending FSU's six-year winless streak at Yost.
October 30, 2004 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 1, Michigan 0 (OT)
Nationally fourth-ranked Michigan can't beat Bulldog goalie Mike Brown as Ferris earns a rugged 1-0 shutout win over the Wolverines. Matt Rutkowski's goal, at 1:52 of overtime, was a fluttering shot from the left wing that found the net. Though Ferris was out-shot 33-20, Brown was perfect in goal for the Bulldogs with 33 saves.
-contributed by Stanley "Statman Stan" Gustafson.
March 28, 2003 at Minneapolis, Minn. -- FERRIS 5, North Dakota 2
In their first trip to the NCAA Playoffs, the Bulldogs beat North Dakota in the semi-finals of the NCAA West Regionals. Derek Nesbitt, Simon Mangos, Jeff Legue, Greg Rallo and Trevor Large take care of the goal-scoring for the Bulldogs. CCHA Player-of-the-Year Chris Kunitz adds 3 assists while fellow All-American Mike Brown makes 44 saves in the Bulldog goal. Ferris, which went on to drop a 7-4 game to Minnesota in the Regional Finals, finished its best season in school history at 31-10-1. Head coach Bob Daniels was recognized as the American Hockey Coaches Association's Division I Coach of the Year following the storybook season.
March 21, 2003 at Detroit, Mich. -- FERRIS 4, Northern Michigan 2
In the CCHA Semi-Finals at Joe Louis Arena, Chris Kunitz scores twice while Jeff Legue and Phil Lewandowski also score to break a 2-2 tie and send the Bulldogs to the CCHA Finals for the first time since 1980. Ferris won the CCHA's regular season championship with a 22-5-1 league record and advanced to the "Joe" with consecutive 6-1 wins over Lake Superior in the first round of the CCHA Playoffs. The win marked the 12th straight for Ferris, a new school record.
March 7, 2003 at Bowling Green, Ohio -- FERRIS 4, Bowling Green 2
Matt York and Greg Rallo score just 17 seconds apart in the opening 1:22 as the Bulldogs waste little time in securing a 4-2 win and their first-ever CCHA regular season championship. After the Falcons rally to tie the game at 2-2, Bulldog captain Troy Milam scores the championship winner at 11:51 of the third period and Jeff Legue salts it away with an empty net goal a 19:37.
February 1, 2003 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 4, Michigan 3
The Bulldogs, after a 6-4 loss at Michigan the night before, explode for a 4-0 lead and hold off Michigan. The win proves pivotal en route to the Bulldogs capturing their first CCHA regular season championship. Chris Kunitz, who was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, scores twice, while Jeff Legue and Simon Mangos (game-winner) also score.
October 18, 2002 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 10, Bowling Green 1
The Bulldogs make a statement in their CCHA opener by routing the Falcons. Chris Kunitz bags six points on 2 goals and 4 assists as Ferris begins its drive toward a CCHA regular season championship.
March 1, 2002 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 3, Michigan State 2
Ferris falls behind 2-0 before scoring three unanswered goals in a 3-2 win that costs Michigan State the CCHA's regular season championship. Phil Lewandowski's third period goal proves to be the game-winner for FSU. Freshman goalie Mike Brown makes 26 saves to outduel reigning Hobey Baker winner Ryan Miller, who finished with 24 saves. Retiring MSU coach Ron Mason, in his final appearance at the Ewigleben Ice Arena, watches the Bulldogs snap a 15-game Spartan unbeaten streak on Ferris ice (10-0-5) that stretched over 11 years.
December 8, 2000 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 0, Michigan State 0 (OT)
A sellout crowd of 2,450 at the Ewigleben Ice Arena witnesses the only scoreless tie in Bulldog hockey history. The Bulldogs outshot the top-ranked Spartans 21-16, but it came down to a battle of the goalies -- Hobey Baker winner Ryan Miller of MSU and second team All-CCHA star Phil Osaer of FSU. Ferris killed seven MSU power plays and carried the play for most of the game.
-contributed by Pat Moore.
November 11, 2000 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 5, Michigan 4
FSU jumps to a 5-1 lead and holds on to nip Michigan before a rowdy, packed house at Ewigleben Arena. Five different Bulldogs score, with Derrick McIver claiming the game-winner on his first collegiate goal. Michigan's fourth goal, at 18:52 of the third period, sets up a wild finish, culminated by a scuffle at the final horn that resulted in 94 minutes in penalties for the two rivals.
-contributed by Don Kissick.
February 5, 2000 at Ann Arbor, Mich. -- FERRIS 4, Michigan 2
Michigan, coming off a 4-2 win over the Bulldogs a night earlier in Big Rapids, jumps to a 2-0 lead before a boisterous crowd of 6,579 at Yost Arena, only to see the Bulldogs post a 4-2 victory of their own on the heels of three third period goals. Brian McCullough, who set up the first Bulldog goal in the second period, scores the game-winner in the third and adds a shorthanded (empty net) goal in the closing moments to wrap it up. Chris Kunitz scored the game-tying goal while Vince Owen collected 31 saves in the Bulldog net.
-contributed by Mike Woronko.
January 15, 1999 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 4, Michigan 0
The Bulldogs blank heavily-favored Michigan behind the shutout goaltending of Vince Owen, who makes 28 saves. With just 1:36 remaining in the game, a frustrated Wolverine team is whistled for 69 minutes in penalties (to 19 for Ferris) in a wild finish at sold-out Ewigleben Arena. Kevin Swider scores twice for Ferris, including the game-winning goal in the first period.
-contributed by Don Kissick.
October 28, 1994 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 3, Michigan 2
Gary Kitching, Tim Christian and John Duff score early goals and the Bulldogs jump to a 3-1 lead over the Wolverines with nearly two full periods to play. Goalie Rich Nagy makes 36 saves and blanks Michigan in a wild third period to preserve the victory.
-contributed by Ryan Luther. It was the first game he attended at FSU.
March 5, 1994 at Ann Arbor, Mich. -- FERRIS 6, Michigan 2
In the regular season finale, the Bulldogs ambush the nation's top-ranked Wolverines by bursting to a 3-0 lead against future NHL goalie Steve Shields. The upset, before a Senior Night crowd of 7,485 at old Yost Arena, equaled the worst loss of the year for Michigan, which went on to claim both the CCHA's regular season and tournament championships. Six different Bulldogs scored goals, with Andy Roach claiming the game-winner. Ferris, behind 32 saves by Craig Lisko, played without All-America defenseman John Gruden, who suffered a shoulder injury in the first period.
-contributed by Stanley "Statman Stan" Gustafson.
February 25, 1994 at East Lansing, Mich. -- FERRIS 6, Michigan State 4
February 19, 1994 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 6, Ohio State 1
Doug Smith, after missing nine games with a injury, scores 4 goals at home in a 6-1 win over Ohio State and then adds 3 goals in his next game at Michigan State to lead Ferris to a 6-4 win in his hometown of East Lansing. Smith's successive hat-tricks also ties a school record.
-contributed by Rich Hearns.
March 20, 1993 at Detroit, Mich. -- Miami 4, FERRIS 3 (OT)
The Bulldogs spark a wild celebration at Joe Louis Arena in the CCHA Semi-Finals by pulling their goalie and tying the game with an extra attacker with only five seconds remaining in regulation time. Kevin Moore scored the tying goal, much to the delight of 12,144 fans, many from rival schools Michigan and Lake Superior. However, Miami, the regular-season CCHA champion, salvaged the victory with an unassisted goal at 6:11 of overtime by Kevyn Adams. Pat Mazzoli made 37 saves for the Bulldogs, who finished with a 21-16-4 record during the rookie season for head coach Bob Daniels.
-contributed by Kurt Mergener.
March 19, 1993 at Detroit, Mich. -- FERRIS 3, Michigan State 2
In the CCHA Quarter-Finals at Joe Louis Arena, the Bulldogs burst to a 3-0 lead and stun the Spartans. MSU makes it close with a pair of third period goals, but goalie Craig Lisko slams the gate and finishes with 28 saves. Kevin Moore and Gary Kitching score in the second period for Ferris and Brad Burnam's third period goal proves to be the game-winner. The win was the first-ever Bulldog victory at the "Joe."
March 5, 1993 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 1, Miami 1 (OT)
Miami, needing a win to clinch its first regular season CCHA championship, is sidetracked by the Bulldogs in an overtime thriller at Ewigleben. Mike May's goal with 6:31 remaining in the third period forges the tie for Ferris while goalie Pat Mazzoli holds down the fort with 36 saves, including 5 in overtime.
January 2, 1993 at Minneapolis, Minn. -- FERRIS 6, Minnesota 4
The Bulldogs storm to 5 first period goals and shock the host Gophers at old Mariucci Arena in the first round of the Mariucci Classic. Six different Bulldogs score, paced by Mike Kolenda, with the game-winning goal and an assist. Goalie Pat Mazzoli is the big star of the game, turning away 38 shots and assisting on the go-ahead goal. Minnesota out-shot the Bulldogs 42-22 before a stunned crowd of 7,092.
-contributed by Rex "Cool Hand Rick" Smith (FSC '82).
March 2, 1991 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 3, Bowling Green 2 (OT)
Daniel Chaput's goal at 9:23 of overtime, set up by a headman pass from John DePourcq and a crushing check by Rod Taylor, sends the Bulldogs to Joe Louis Arena and the CCHA Championships for the first time in school history. The overtime heroics capped a 2-0 series sweep over Bowling Green. Taylor's 41st goal of the season at 5:32 of the third period sent the game into overtime. Pat Mazzoli kicked out 44 saves in goal and defenseman Dan Rolfe scored his first goal of the season for rookie coach Bob Mancini and the Bulldogs.
January 11, 1991 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 2, Illinois-Chicago 1 (OT)
The Bulldogs overcome a bench penalty against their MASCOT at the start of overtime to pull out a 2-1 win over UIC. Justin LaFayette's goal at 0:55 of overtime saves Ferris from an unlikely pratfall.
-contributed by Stanley "Statman Stan" Gustafson.
March 4, 1988 at Bowling Green, Ohio -- Bowling Green 5, FERRIS 4 (4-OT)
In the opening game of the CCHA Quarter-Finals, freshman goalie Marc Felicio sets a Bulldog record with 61 saves, including 38 in regulation and 23 in 4 overtimes. Matt Ruchty's game-winning goal clangs off both goalposts before eluding Felicio to end the marathon after 92:10 of elapsed play. The game stands as the longest in Bulldog history and the longest in CCHA Playoff history.
December 12, 1987 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 1, Michigan State 1 (OT)
The Bulldogs pull their goalie for an extra attacker and Andy Black tips in the tying goal with 44 seconds left in the third period to deadlock the score and frustrate the Spartans. MSU outshot Ferris 46-18, but Bulldog goalie Mike Williams was nearly unbeatable with 45 saves. A night earlier in East Lansing, Williams stopped 34 shots and the Bulldogs rallied for 4 third period goals to steal a 5-4 victory.
January 18, 1986 at East Lansing, Mich. -- FERRIS 9, Michigan State 9 (OT)
During the free-wheeling reign of interim coach Peter Esdale, the Bulldogs rally for 5 third period goals for a remarkable overtime tie at sold-out Munn Arena. Paul Lowden's second goal of the game at 19:04 of the third period, on a assist from twin brother Peter Lowden, seals the deadlock. Gilles Grondin scored goals 28 seconds apart to open the scoring in the first period for Ferris. Phil Kaske set up both Grondin goals and scored his own goal in the third period to close the gap to 9-8. Glenn Raeburn weathered the storm and went the distance in goal with 18 saves.
-contributed by Patrick Hardigan.
January 4, 1985 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 9, Michigan 7
Wolverine head coach Red Berenson, in his first year behind the Michigan bench, watches in disbelief as the Bulldogs score seven third-period goals to rally from a 7-2 deficit and capture a 9-7 victory. Peter Lowden sets a Bulldog record with a 7-point game, bagging 4 goals and 3 assists, including 1 goal and 4 assists in the third period alone. The following night, Ferris completes the series sweep with a 9-0 win over Michigan, with Lowden adding a goal and 3 assists to boost his weekend point total to 11. His twin brother, Paul Lowden, enjoys a 10-point series against the shell-shocked Wolverines.
November 7, 1981 at East Lansing, Mich. -- FERRIS 4, Michigan State 3 (OT)
Ferris State invaded Munn Ice Arena to visit new CCHA member Michigan State, and the Bulldogs captured a win by twice beating the clock. Ferris trailed 3-2 late in the game, but Jim Baker scored with 1:11 remaining on a feed from Randy Strong to send the game into overtime. Strong followed with the game-winner with 17 seconds left in OT. Goalie Rob Hughston had 34 saves and out-lasted MSU All-American Ron Scott, who also stopped 34 shots. Steve Ross and Bob Poirier scored early goals to put Ferris on the board and in position to steal the win.
-contributed by Tom Rea.
February 7, 1981 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 5, Northern Michigan 4 (OT)
Tom Rudrud's goal on a rink-long rush at 1:50 of overtime gives head coach Rick Duffett his 100th career win. Northern had pulled its goalie for an extra attacker and tied the game at 4-4 with only 20 seconds remaining in regulation time.
March 8, 1980 at Columbus, Ohio -- FERRIS 8, Ohio State 4
The Bulldogs stun the Buckeyes on their home ice to win the CCHA playoff series by a 12-8 advantage in total goals. Ted Ykema was named the CCHA's "Player of the Week" with 73 saves in the two-game series. Ferris, in its first official year at the NCAA Division I level, advanced to the CCHA Finals at Northern Michigan. The Bulldogs finished at 26-11-1 after losing the series to the NCAA runner-up Wildcats.
December 8, 1979 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 4, Michigan State 3 (OT)
In MSU's first-ever trip to the FSU Ice Arena, the Bulldogs capture an overtime thriller on a goal by Jim Baker at 4:17 of sudden-death. The Spartans seemingly had victory in hand in regulation time, but a last-second rink-long rush by Rocki Smith led to the game-tying goal, also by Jim Baker. A then-record crowd of 2,826 witnessed the victory, which wrapped up an astounding weekend for the Bulldogs, who had posted a 6-3 win a night earlier at Munn Arena in East Lansing.
-contributed by Carma Burcham. It was the first hockey game she had ever attended.
February 6, 1978 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 16, Illinois-Chicago 2
Steve Banonis becomes the first and only Bulldog in school history to score 4 goals in one period to lead the rout. His offensive barrage spanned 10:50 of an 8-goal second period for Ferris.
January 26, 1977 at Big Rapids, Mich. -- FERRIS 8, Chicago State 7 (OT)
Neal Leonard scores with 4 seconds left in regulation to send the home crowd into a frenzy and force overtime. At 8:42 of OT, Jim Capy scores the game-winner for the Bulldogs. Dave Swierpel makes 58 saves in the Bulldog net, including 7 in OT.