In three home games against the Bemidji State University, the Ferris State Hockey team has scored 18 goals against the Beavers.
Eight of those goals came in an 8-0 rout of the Beavers in game one of the best-of-three WCHA first round of the playoffs on March 14.
Junior forward Justin Buzzeo opened the scoring at 10:47 of the first period when Bemidji junior goaltender Andrew Walsh cheated off of his post. Buzzeo snapped a shot underneath the circle from a bad angle and banked it off of Walsh.
Freshmen forward Kyle Schempp followed suit with his ninth goal of the season at 12:33 of the first when he roofed a shot past Walsh from between the circles off of a DeMartino feed.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the second to increase the lead to 4-0. Junior defenseman Travis White scored on a knuckler that found its way through traffic in front of Walsh at 10:59 of the second, and Buzzeo followed with his second of the evening at 16:15.
In the third, Ferris chased Walsh from the game by scoring four third period goals. The Bulldogs shot 66 percent from the field, scoring four times on six third period shots.
Schempp notched his second of the night at 5:23 off a deflection from a White shot from the point, and then senior forward Cory Kane scored 35 seconds later on the doorstep.
Sophomore Kenny Babinski scored his ninth of the year at 12:37, and senior forward Andy Huff ended the flurry and Walsh’s night at 13:49 in the third period.
Daniels cited goaltending, special teams, and discipline as the three keys to a long playoff run earlier in the week, and got two and a half out of three.
Junior goaltender CJ Motte provided a 26 save shutout, the Ferris penalty kill was three-for-three and nearly provided a shorthanded goal, and the highly penalized Bulldogs only made three trips to the box totaling six minutes. Ferris averaged 18 PIMs per game during the regular season.
The only area the Bulldogs did not hit was on the powerplay. Ferris went 0-3 on powerplay and generated only one shot on goal. The Ferris powerplay came in ranked seventh in the WCHA.
Ferris now leads the best-of-three series 1-0, and can close out Bemidji on March 15 at 7:07 inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena.
If necessary, game three is scheduled for 5:07 p.m. on Sunday.