Hockey Sweeps Connecticut With 6-1 Win In Saturday's Series Finale

Matt Case produced a goal and an assist to earn the game's first star. (Photo by Brad Klosner of The Pioneer)
Matt Case produced a goal and an assist to earn the game's first star. (Photo by Brad Klosner of The Pioneer)

Six different skaters tallied a goal for the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team as the Bulldogs picked up their first sweep of the 2009-10 season with a 6-1 non-conference decision over Connecticut this Saturday (Oct. 17) night at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

Ferris State, which posted a 2-1 win in its home opener on Friday, is now 3-1-0 overall this season with the win.

The Bulldogs would account for the game's initial three scores with the first two coming in the opening period of play.  Senior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) gave Ferris State an early 1-0 lead at 9:35 into the game with his first goal of the season.  Riley chipped the puck into the Huskies' goal off a rebound.  FSU would then go up 2-0 with 1:31 remaining in the first frame as junior right wing Todd Pococke (Saginaw) picked up the puck behind the UConn net from sophomore center Derek Graham (Schoolcraft) and proceeded to tuck the puck just inside the near side post for his first lamplighter of the year.

Ferris State continued its scoring prowess in the second frame as senior defenseman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.) carried the puck from zone-to-zone and slide the puck into the Huskies' net during a power-play situation at 12:55 for his first of the campaign.  Connecticut would then strike for the first time in the contest about four minutes later on a Sean Ambrosie goal to draw within 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.

However, Ferris would add three more scores in the third period with the first occuring 42 seconds into the stanza as senior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) converted a power-play tally.  Sophomore defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) and freshman left wing Matthew Kirzinger (Leroy, Saskatchewan) also were able to located the back of the UConn net at 11:49 and 17:57, respectively.

Junior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) earned the win with a complete-game 22-saves performance while Jeff Larson duplicated his Bulldog counterpart's saves output but in a losing situation.

Chupp, Billins, Pococke, Case, Riley, and Graham all notched multiple games for Ferris State, which would hold a 28-23 shots on goal to end the game.

The Bulldogs continue their non-league homestand next weekend, Oct. 23-24, as Robert Morris will pay its first visit ever to FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena.  The series opener on Friday (Oct. 23) will take place at 7:05 p.m. (EDT) and Saturday's (Oct. 24) contest will get underway at 5:05 p.m. (EDT).  Tickets may be purchased by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or online at

NOTES: Derek Graham finished the two-game set against Connecticut with a team-high four points on a goal and three assists.  Graham's four points (1-3=4) in three outings this season already represents half of his eight points (3-5=8) total in 31 contests a season ago . . . Pat Nagle's 22 stops in tonight's win moves him to within 28 saves of recording the 1,000th in his career and would own the distinction of being the 15th player in Bulldog hockey history to reach the plateau . . . Seven different FSU skaters accumulated at two points or more in this weekend's series . . . With an assist in this evening's tilt, Pat Nagle has now tallied a helper in each of his three seasons to date and has currently amassed a career four assists total.  The Bulldog netminder picked up two assists during his freshman campaign in 16 appearances and garnered a helper in 22 contests as a sophomore this past 2009-09 season.