Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally 17th-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team fought back from a two-goal deficit to pull out a 3-3 overtime tie before falling in a shootout to Michigan on Saturday (Dec. 1) night before a sellout crowd at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids.
The Wolverines captured a 3-2 win in the shootout to pick up an extra point, but the Bulldogs still managed to receive four of a possible six points on the weekend following Friday's 5-0 home triumph in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series.
Saturday's game, which marked FSU's final home contest of the 2012 calendar year, was played before a sellout crowd of 2,490 fans in Big Rapids and marked the final meeting between the two schools as CCHA members in regular-season play at Big Rapids. FSU will visit Michigan for a two-game set to wrap up the regular-season in early March.
The Bulldogs started off right where they finished on Friday night as the Bulldogs struck first only 42 seconds into the contest on sophomore defenseman Jason Binkley's first goal of the campaign, which was assisted by junior wing Justin DeMartino.
However, the Wolverines came back to notch three goals over a three-minute span in the opening period to build a 3-1 edge over the Bulldogs. The first UM goal was posted by A.J. Treais for his 10th of the year at 6:58 off an assist by Lindsay Sparks.
The Wolverines added their second goal at 9:18 when Cristova Nieves was able to light the lamp on a goal assisted by Luke Moffatt. The goal was his third of the campaign.
Michigan's final goal came only 29 seconds later as Sparks notched his fourth goal of the year off a Kevin Lynch feed to pus the edge to two goals at the end of one period.
Ferris State scored the only goal of the second frame when senior wing Kyle Bonis found the back of the net for his seventh goal of the year at 8:12. The goal was assisted by senior forward Travis Ouellette, which was his seventh assist of the season, along with freshman defenseman Sean O'Rourke, who notched an assist for the second consecutive night after being held scoreless to date this campaign.
Bonis tied up the contest 6:27 into the third period with his eighth goal overall and second of the night with senior Garrett Thompson notching the assist. Neither team was able to score the rest of the way or in five minutes of regulation.
In the shootout, both teams managed to put one in the net during the first round and neither could convert in round two. Both teams scored again in the third round before Moffat put his in the net during the extra round and the Bulldogs could not answer.
Michigan posted a 42-39 edge over the Bulldogs in total shots and held a slim 5-4 edge in the extra session. Michigan outshot FSU in the opening frame, but the Bulldogs responded with a 15-8 advantage in the second period before UM totaled 14 shots in the third to eight for Ferris State.
Sophomore goaltender CJ Motte finished with 39 saves for the Bulldogs while playing the entire 65 minutes. Michigan's Steve Racine netted 36 saves for the Wolverines.
FSU finished 0-of-3 with the man advantage on the power play with Michigan failing to score in four chances. UM totaled four penalties for eight minutes with the Bulldogs called for five penalties for 10 minutes.
After the overtime tie, the Bulldogs now own a 7-4-3 overall record this season and are 6-3-1 in league action. The Bulldogs were attempting to sweep the Wolverines in a weekend series for the first time since 1985.
Saturday's home game also featured the annual "Teddy Bear Toss" with stuffed animals collected to go directly to benefit needy children in the area for the Christmas
Ferris State will visit Western Michigan next weekend (Dec. 7-8) to face the rival Broncos with action both nights at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo starting at 7:05 p.m. (ET).
The Bulldogs' next home game at the Ewigleben Ice Arena will be against the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 5:05 p.m. (ET) and tickets are currently on sale.
Tickets for all 2012-13 Bulldog home regular-season hockey games can be purchased in advance by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. The FSU Athletics Ticket Office's normal hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) weekdays. The ticket office will also offer extended hours until 7 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday's throughout the season and be open on hockey home game Saturday's at 12 p.m. (ET).
Single-game tickets may also be purchased by contacting Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737 or online at Star Tickets website: www.startickets.com. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance and can save money over the normal gameday rates.