The Ferris State Hockey team kicked off the home weekend series with a 2-2 tie against the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks, bringing their overall season record to 5-5-3.
A slow-starting first period began to really speed up after Ferris senior defenseman Sean O’Rourke deflected one in with 5:16 to go. The assists came from freshman defenseman Zac Tierney and junior defenseman Ryan Lowney.
The Nanooks answered back with 2:17 to go in the first with a goal of their own from senior right wing Alec Hajdukovich. Josh Erickson and Zach Frye gave the assist for the visitors.
Freshman forward Corey Mackin started the second period off on a high note, putting one in the back of the net with 18:24 to go in the period to give the Bulldogs the lead once again, 2-1. Freshman forward Tyler Andrew and Zac Tierney helped Mackin out on the goal.
Senior defender Josh Atkinson battled back to give the Nanooks another goal with 8:16 to play in the second, making it 2-2 to close the second period. Brandon Morley and Nick Hinz on the assist for the Nanooks.
The third period was scoreless, but did not lack in action, as a defensive battled ensued between the two teams. The contest was then sent into a five minute overtime period. The OT clock ran out, sealing the 2-2 tie.
The Bulldogs and Nanooks both had four power play opportunities apiece on the night, but neither team was able to capitalize on the opportunites.
Darren Smith got the start in the goal, amassing 36 saves on the night.
The Bulldogs are back in action against the Nanooks Saturday, Nov. 21 at Ewigleben Ice Arena at 7:07 pm.