Ferris State hockey returns to action at Michigan Tech

GET THE PUCK: Mitch Maloney (15) and Cameron Clarke (3) work on a play during a recent game. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

GET THE PUCK: Mitch Maloney (15) and Cameron Clarke (3) work on a play during a recent game. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team hits the road this week to face the Michigan Tech Huskies in action on Friday and Saturday.

The puck will drop on Friday night at 7:07 p.m. (ET) with Saturday’s finale at 5:07 p.m. (ET). Both games will be available on a pay-per-view basis via WCHA TV.

In addition, the Bulldog Sports Network and flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM will carry both games live on local radio and online with Harrison Watt on the call starting with the Johnson Automotive Pregame Show a half-hour prior to puck drop each day.

The underdog in the Dog Fight that was Bulldogs and Huskies in the 2016 WCHA Final Five Semi-Final was Ferris State in terms of seeds. Ferris State, the no. 4 seed in the 2016 WCHA tournament, swept Northern Michigan in the opening round to earn a date with regular season Co-Champion Michigan Tech. Despite 27 combined goals in four regular season meetings, this one was a low-scoring affair.

Kenny Babinski’s goal at 11:15 of the third period hit multiple sticks and skipped past MTU netminder Jamie Phillips, standing as the game’s only goal. Ferris State would knock off fellow WCHA regular season Co-Champion Minnesota State the following evening at Van Andel Arena.

Ferris evened the game at 16:16 of the second period. Andrew Dorantes scored at 18:39 of the third period to give Ferris State a late 3-2 lead and the eventual game-winning goal.

As a senior, Gerald Mayhew has netted his fair share of big Bulldog goals, but the milestones for the Wyandotte native are coming in bunches. On Jan. 28, Mayhew netted his 50th career collegiate goal. The goal was Mayhew’s 109th career point, putting him one ahead of longtime AHL star Greg Rallo (2002-06) on the Ferris State’s all-time scoring list. Mayhew later earned his 60th career assist for career point no. 110.

Mayhew is a Hobey Baker nominee, and is looking to become the first since CJ Motte (2011-2015) to finish in the Top 10 nominee round.

The Bulldogs won the season series 3-2 in five meetings last year, splitting both on the road and at home with Tech. The Bulldog wins were all by one goal, and the Huskies won in aggregate scoring 14-13 overall.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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