Ferris hockey team edges UAA 2-1

FERRIS HOCKEY: Ferris State goaltender Justin Kapelmaster and his teammates will be eyeing more wins in upcoming games. (File photo)

FERRIS HOCKEY: Ferris State goaltender Justin Kapelmaster and his teammates will be eyeing more wins in upcoming games. (File photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team skated past the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves with a 2-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory on Friday at the Ewigleben Ice Arena.

The Bulldogs (11-17-4, 10-12-3-2) outshot the Seawolves (17-18-5, 6-13-5) 27-3 in the final 40 minutes of play to stifle Alaska-Anchorage.

Sophomore forward Trevor Recktenwald netted the game-winning goal for Ferris State in the second period.

Through 20 minutes of play the contest was even, but Ferris State sophomore forward Corey Mackin scored his career-best 11th goal of the season on the power play from senior forward Chad McDonald (7) and senior defenseman Ryan Lowney (14).

McDonald took a wrist-shot from the top of the zone on the power play that Mackin tipped past UAA goaltender Olivier Mantha for a 1-0 lead. UAA’s Jarrett Brown evened the contest at 8:46 of the second period.

Recktenwald’s goal came during 4-on-4 play. Freshman defenseman Joe Rutkowski wrapped around the back of the net and threaded a pass to freshman forward Taylor Fernandez. Fernandez saw Recktenwald driving towards the net and hit him with a touch pass that Recktenwald slid beneath Mantha for a 2-1 lead.

Kapelmaster took the win, making 10 saves on 11 shots.

The win puts Ferris State alone in fifth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings with 35 points.

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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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