Bulldogs jump to third in conference

Sweep of BGSU moves Ferris ahead of Miami, Alaska

After sweeping Bowling Green in a road series over the weekend, the nationally No. 20-ranked Ferris hockey team moved into third in the CCHA standings.

Ferris improved its record to 11-8-4 overall and 8-6-3-2 in the conference. The Bulldogs jumped nationally No. 7-ranked Miami in the CCHA standings after the RedHawks were swept by Ohio State during the weekend. However, Ferris has played more conference games than any other team in the CCHA.

Ferris returns to the ice on Jan. 14 against nationally No. 8-ranked Michigan in Ann Arbor at 7:35 p.m. The team will host Michigan the following night in the series finale at 7:05 p.m. The Wolverines are second in the CCHA standings with a 10-4-1 conference record.

Ferris tallied in a 3-1 win over BGSU in the series finale on Saturday. Falcon freshman Bryce Williamson scored the game’s first goal 6:22 into the first period. That would be the lone goal scored by Bowling Green as Bulldog senior goaltender Pat Nagle stopped 16 of 17 shots on net.

FSU Senior captain Zach Redmond tied the game midway through the first period. After a scoreless second period, Bulldog sophomore Travis Ouellette broke the 1-1 tie with 4:39 left in the game. Junior Jordie Johnston added an empty-net goal with two seconds remaining.

The Bulldogs earned a 4-1 victory on Friday night after trailing 1-0 through two periods of play. Ferris tallied three even-strength goals in the first 7:10 of the third period to take control of the contest. Sophomore forward Kyle Bonis scored twice for the Bulldogs in the victory, including an empty-net goal in the game’s final minutes. Senior Todd Pococke and sophomore Matthew Kirzinger also scored for the Bulldogs.

Nagle stopped 15 of 16 Falcon shots on net. He lowered his goals against average to 1.76, which is best in the CCHA. Nagle also leads the conference with a .930 save percentage. He has played more minutes in net than any other goalie in the nation.