The Bulldogs have won four consecutive games and five out of six overall
The Ferris State hockey team has raced out to its best start since the 2002-2003 season with a 5-1 record overall.
Ferris posted a 5-4 over-time win Friday night over the visiting Robert Morris Colonials. Ferris jumped to a quick lead as senior Blair Riley scored 37 seconds into the game. The Colonials responded quickly as they scored twice to take a lead 2-1 after the first period.
In the second period, Riley scored his second goal of the game at the 6:30 mark as he cashed in on a shorthanded opportunity. Senior Aaron Lewicki put the Bulldogs back on top as he scored his second goal of the year to make it 3-2.
Senior Casey Haines lit the lamp for his first goal of the season to give Ferris a 4-2 advantage early in the third period. Robert Morris did not back down as they responded with back-to-back goals to tie the game and force overtime.
Haines scored just 32 seconds into overtime giving the Bulldogs a 5-4 victory.
Sophomore goalie Taylor Nelson improved his record to 3-0 on the season as he stopped 24 of 28 shots on goal.
The Bulldogs continued the trend of outshooting their opponent as they held a 47-28 advantage in total shots. Head coach Bob Daniels was satisfied with how his team performed overall.
“I felt like we played well, but we spent a lot of time in the penalty box, which made it hard for us to gain momentum,” said Daniels.
The Bulldogs controlled the game on Saturday, as they were victorious 4-1. After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for four goals in the second period.
Ferris scored first as junior Todd Pococke lit the lamp at 8:22 of the second period. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Colonials responded quickly with a goal only 23 seconds later. The scoring continued as junior Justin Menke scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 10:03 left in the second.
Sophomore Matthew Kirzinger gave the Bulldogs a two-goal lead at the 12:32 mark. Junior goaltender Pat Nagle made a huge glove save near the end of the period to keep the lead intact.
Robert Morris came out very aggressively in the third period, but Ferris proved to be up to the challenge defensively as they were able to hold them scoreless for the frame.
“The defense has been absolutely phenomenal, making my life easy,” said Nagle.
Senior Aaron Lewicki added an empty-net goal with 21 seconds remaining to seal the victory for Ferris.
“I’m very proud of how well we played in the third period and that the team did not go into a lull,” said Daniels.
Nagle improved his record to 2-1 this season and has only allowed one goal per game in his first three starts.
“We are riding some confidence right now, which we have earned,” said Daniels.