Ferris State runs streak to six

BIG RAPIDS — For all of the penalties, skirmishes and game misconducts that took place in the second period alone, it doesn’t take away from the fact the Ferris State hockey team is now 6-0.

The Bulldogs skated to a 2-0 victory over Miami (Ohio) to keep their record perfect on the season. Ferris State also is 2-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

CLOSING THE GAP: Ferris State's Nate Milam (15) skates in on Miami's Reilly Smith during Saturday night's hockey action. (Pioneer photo/Bob Allan)

“(Six points) is big, but we have only 24 more games to go,” Ferris State coach Bob Daniels said about the two wins to open CCHA play. “It’s awesome to start with six points, but we can’t get overly excited.”

The second period was especially testy with both teams combining for 11 penalties and three game misconducts — including a pair by the Red Hawks. Miami’s Garrett Kennedy was given a game misconduct for kneeing, while Curtis McKenzie received one for facemasking.

Ferris State’s Matthew Kirzinger also was whistled for contact to the head and a game misconduct.

For the second period alone, the two teams combined for 11 penalties and 55 minutes.

Because most of the second period was played with special teams, it wore down teams on both sides.

“When it gets out of hand, certain players don’t play, but it was the same for both teams,” Miami coach Enrico Blasi said. “I don’t think it was frustration (from our part), it was a good hockey game. Both teams played their hearts out.”

After a scoreless first period, Ferris State finally got on the board just past the midway point of the second period on a power-play goal by Travis Ouellette. It was his sixth goal of the season.

“I got hit good in the corner and (Chad Billins) gave me a good pass and I was lucky enough (to score),” Ouellette said.

The score remained 1-0 until the final two minutes of the contest as Cory Kane tipped in a shot from Billins that went between the pads of Miami (Ohio) netminder Connor Knapp for the 2-0 lead.

For the game, Ferris Sate was 2-for-8 on the power play, while the Red Hawks were 0-for-3. For the weekend, Miami (Ohio) was held scoreless with the man-advantage in eight opportunities.

“Ultimately, it comes down to goaltending and both goalies (Motte and Taylor Nelson, who played Friday), were good for them,” Blasi said.

CJ Motte recorded his second straight shutout in net for the Bulldogs, making 27 saves, but was hardly tested.

“The defense and the team do a good job of blocking shots,” Motte said.

Ferris State will take its unbeaten streak to Michigan for a two-game set beginning on Thursday.

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