FSU blanks Huntsville in first WCHA contest

Bulldogs score four first period goals in 5-0 win over Alabama-Huntsville

BIG RAPIDS — Four first period goals got the Ferris State hockey team got the Bulldogs started off on the right foot in its inaugural Wester Collegiate Hockey Association game against Alabama-Huntsville.

FSU's Garrett Thompson

FSU’s Garrett Thompson

The Bulldogs dominated scoring chances throughout to defeat Alabama-Huntsville 5-0 on Friday.

Junior goaltender CJ Motte earned the shutout victory to remain unbeaten on the year while the Bulldogs recorded 37 shots offensively en route to the triumph. Ferris State improved to 4-2 overall this season with its second consecutive win.

Junior Dominic Panetta recorded his first goal of the season only 1:40 into the opening frame as the Bulldogs set the tone early. His goal came at even-strength off helpers from freshman forward Kyle Schempp and sophmore defenseman Brandon Anselmini.

Senior Garrett Thompson followed up Panetta’s lamplighter with one of his own at 13:41 of the first frame as he tallied his fourth marker of the season on the power-play. Senior captain Scott Czarnowczan and junior linemate Justin Buzzeo were credited with assists.

FSU’s final two goals of the first period came within two minutes of each other in the final three minutes of the frame. The first was from sophomore Kenny Babinski on the right side at 17:47 off a feed from junior defenseman Jason Binkley.

Then, at 19:40 of the first period, Binkley earned his second assist of the night as Schempp posted his second goal of the year with a hard shot on the power-play. FSU’s Andy Huff also had a helper on the final goal of the frame.

Ferris State tacked on another goal nearly midway thru the second period when Czarnowczan picked up his second goal of the season on a third Bulldog power play marker near the net. Thompson tallied his fifth assist of the season, with senior Justin DeMartino picked up his fourth helper of the year.

Overall, Ferris State held a decisive 37-21 edge in total shots, which included 17 in the opening period. FSU had eight shots in the second and 12 more in the third and final period. Alabama-Huntsville was limited to nine shots in the first frame, eight in the second and four in the third.

Motte ran his record to 4-0 overall this season in net with 21 saves on the Bulldog side while Carmine Guerriero picked up 32 saves for the Chargers.

FSU finished three-of-five on the power play with Alabama-Huntsville being stopped on two opportunities with the man-advantage. It marked the second-straight game in which Ferris State totaled three power-play goals.

The two teams will square off again in the series’ finale on Saturday night in Huntsville with opening faceoff set for 8:07 p.m.

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