The 2014-15 hockey season is off to a great start for the #9 Bulldogs of Ferris State as they took down the University of Michigan 4-3 on Saturday evening.
The Bulldogs (1-0) jumped out to an early two nothing lead, scoring the two goals just a minute and three seconds into the first period.
Sophomore and assistant captain Kyle Schempp opened the scoring just 27 seconds into the game off of a feed from junior left wing Matt Robertson. Chad McDonald, sophomore right winger, then followed suit with a goal of his own.
Ferris State added one more goal in the opening period at freshman forward Mitch Maloney found the net on the power play and was assisted by sophomore defenseman Ryan Lowney and senior goaltender CJ Motte.
The #8 Wolverines (0-1) tried to fight back into the game early in the second period, scoring just ten seconds into the period off the stick of Tyler Motte, brother of Ferris’ own goaltender, CJ Motte. After a lengthy review, the goal would stand, bringing the game to 3-1 in favor of the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs would add another goal in the period, again from McDonald that pushed the game to a 4-1 score heading into the third period.
Michigan tried to fight back late in the third period with two goals off their own off the sticks of Travis Lynch and Evan Allen. The Bulldogs managed to hold off the Wolverine comeback, despite Michigan ending the game with a 6-on-4 power play after a tripping penalty on Lowney.
Motte was strong for the Bulldogs in net, recording 34 saves on the night and picking up his first win of the season. Schempp and Maloney took the second and third stars of the game, respectively, and McDonald picked up the number one star of the game after recording two goals on the evening.
The Bulldogs next game is scheduled for October 10 as they face Wilfred Laurier at home in Ewigleben Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:07 p.m.