WIETECHA AND NAGLE LEAD FSU TO CCHA ROAD WIN AT BOWLING GREEN
Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake) scored the game-winning goal and Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) made 34 saves to lead the Ferris State men’s ice hockey team to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Bowling Green State Falcons Friday (Feb. 13) night in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) tilt at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio.
|Todd Pococke tries to fend off Bowling Green's Kevin Schmidt for the puck in Friday's 3-2 Bulldog victory. Pococke would net his first goal of this season in the weekend CCHA series opener between the two teams.|
The win earned Ferris State two league points as the Bulldogs now have 25 points in CCHA play to date this campaign. FSU, which is 2-1-3 in its last six outings, evens its overall record to 12-12-7 and 9-9-5-2 in CCHA competition this season.
The contest started out as if Bowling Green State would end its five-game losing skid. For the opening 20 minutes of action, BGSU controlled play as the Falcons would post a 13-10 shots on goal first-period advantage. The Bulldogs had a prime opportunity to put the first digit on the scoreboard with 3:20 remaining the period on a two-on-one breakaway but sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond’s (Traverse City) shot on net was denied by BGSU goaltender Jimmy Spratt’s pad save.
The game remained scoreless until 1:46 remaining in the second period when Ferris State netted the first lamplighter as freshman center Jordie Johnston (Rosetown, Saskatchewan) poked in the puck into the BGSU net on Spratt’s stick side. Senior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) took a Redmond pass along the right side of the boards and skated into the right circle where he dished a cross ice pass to just above the crease. The pass deflected off a Falcon skater’s stick and went directly to Johnston, who prompty scored past a sprawling Spratt for his third goal of the season. For Johnston, the tally snapped a five-game scoreless streak and was his first marker since Jan. 16 versus Ohio State.
The Bulldogs’ one-goal lead was short-lived as Bowling Green would strike 30 seconds into the third period as Brandon Svendsen converted on the near right-side post to knot the contest at 1-1. Ferris would break the deadlock with 9:45 to go on sophomore right wing Todd Pococke’s (Saginaw) first of the year. Junior defenseman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.) fired a shot from high in the right circle which deflected off Pococke's facemask past Spratt and into the Falcon goal to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. However, BGSU erase the deficit as the Falcons took advantage of back-to-back Bulldog penalties about a minute later to even things up at 2-2. Svendsen struck again for BGSU as the forward connected on his second marker of the game just inside the the bottom half of the left circle. But, Friday the 13th would prove lucky for Ferris as the Bulldogs FSU regained the upper hand for the third and final time to go ahead 3-2 with 5:52 left in the contest. Sophomore defenseman Scott Wietecha’s one timer off from above the left circle off a cross-ice pass from Redmond, sailed past the glove side of Spratt for the game winner.
In the waning moments, Bowling Green pressured the FSU goal for the equalizer but Nagle came up with some key saves to preserve the Bulldog victory. Dan Sexton’s point-blank shot right before the buzzer was denied by Nagle.
Bowling Green would outshot the Bulldogs by a 36-28 count for the game. Nagle, who improves his record to 7-8-3 this season with the decision, would turn in a noteworthy performance by totaling 34 saves and was tabbed as the game’s first star. Spratt registered 25 stops for the Falcons, who are now 3-6-0 in their last nine matchups against Ferris State.
Redmond recorded his fifth multiple-point game performance of the season with a pair of assists and now has eight points (2-6=8) in his last eight appearances to date.