Down to the wire

Ferris earns victory, falls in shootout in weekend series

The Bulldogs earned four points in the conference standings this weekend, grabbing a 3-1 victory on Friday against No. 16-ranked Western Michigan before losing a 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday.

Following a sweep at the hands of Lake Superior State the previous weekend, Ferris got back on the winning track in the first contest against the Broncos, snapping Western’s three-game winning streak.

A goal by senior Mike Fillinger gave the Bulldogs to a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the Broncos converted on a power-play opportunity with 5:39 left in the second period to knot it a 1-1.

Junior defenseman Brett Wysopal retaliated with his first goal of the year shortly after to give the Bulldogs the lead going into the final period.

Senior left wing Mike Embach scored a short-handed goal a quick wrist shot in the third period to give the Bulldogs some insurance as they earned victory.

Ferris could not keep the momentum in the final game of the series though, as they battled to a 2-2 tie before losing in the shootout. The Bulldogs have been in three shootouts so far this season, going 2-0 previously against Michigan and Miami (OH).

Fillinger notched his second goal of the weekend to tie it a 1-1 in the second period while freshman left wing Garrett Thompson broke the tie with a goal with 9:16 left in the third period.

The Broncos scored with just 40 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime, where the teams went scoreless to send the contest to the deciding shootout.

The Bulldogs now stand at 6-5-3 overall and 3-4-3-2 in CCHA standings. Ferris will next face off against Michigan State at MSU’s Munn Ice Arena on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. start time.