The Bulldogs were left scoreless on the road as Lake Superior State took a weekend sweep over the 20th-ranked Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs started strong in the first period of the second contest of the weekend series, as they outshot the Lakers 11-5, but were unable to capitalize with a score.
The second period did not favor Ferris either, as a minute into the second period the Lakers scored. But the Lakers didn’t score just once in that period; less than a minute after their first goal the Lakers scored yet again and Ferris fell behind 2-0.
As the second period continued, the Bulldogs watched the Lakers continue to add to their lead; the Lakers scored twice more, taking the 4-0 win and leaving the Bulldogs scoreless.
Although they lost, the Bulldogs outshot the Lakers 33-21 in the game. Senior goaltender Pat Nagle had 12 saves and was relieved by junior goaltender Taylor Nelson in the third. Nelson stopped all shots on goal.
“I didn’t think we played as poorly as a four-nothing game would indicate,” said Ferris head coach Bob Daniels. “I thought it wasn’t that lopsided of a game. I did think it was that lopsided in a short amount of time in the second period and they made us pay for that.”
The Bulldogs had much of the same result in the first game of the series on Friday, as the team was again scoreless and lost the series-opening game 1-0.
“In the second period I definitely thought the Lakers had the edge, but in the third period I’d give us the edge,” Coach Daniels said.
The only goal of the game came on a power play when the Bulldogs were unable to keep the puck from their own territory. Ferris had over a seven-minute power play chance in the end of the game to tie it up.
Although they had shots on the goal, they were all saved by the Lakers goaltender. They were outshot in the game 33-30.
“We have work to do and every week is a different week,” said Daniels. “Come Monday, we will work on things and put this one behind us and look forward to next weekend.”
The Bulldogs will try to make a comeback next weekend as they host 17th-ranked Western Michigan in a two-game home series at Ewigleben Ice Arena, with both games slated to start at 7:05 pm. n