Ferris hockey sweeps Alaska

Ferris’ Coale Norris goes after the puck against Alaska.

BIG RAPIDS — Nate Kallen couldn’t have picked a better game in which to score twice from his defenseman’s position.

The Ferris sophomore notched two goals in Saturday’s home Western Collegiate Hockey Association 5-3 win over Alaska, extending the Bulldogs’ win streak to three.

“I saw a lot of determination,” Ferris coach Bob Daniels said. “I thought Alaska came out and played extremely hard. That’s not a surprise at all. We’ve talked about how hard it is to sweep in this league. We can cherish these kind of wins. It was hard fought. We had to earn it and I thought the guys did.”

Ferris (5-6-1, 2-3-1) fired out to a 2-0 lead and never trailed against the Nanooks (3-6-2, 1-3-1-1).

Kallen’s second goal of the season, assisted by Mitch Maloney and Corey Mackin, was the only first-period goal. Joe Rutkowski scored at 5:15 of the second period for his first goal of the season, assisted by Lucas Finner. Less than two minutes later, Tayler Munson’s goal got Alaska on the board. Craig Pefley put in his first goal at 8:23 on the power play, assisted by Cameron Clarke and Rutkowski.

Kyler Hope scored for Alaska to cut it to 3-2 in the second. But Kallen later in the period had his third goal of the year, assisted by Coale Norris and Jasen Fernsler for a 4-2 lead going into the third.

The Bulldogs and goalie Justin Kapelmaster were shutting the Nanooks down until less than seven minutes to play when Nikolas Koberstein scored and cut it to 4-3.

Shortly after the Nanooks pulled their goalie Maloney scored in the open net for his seventh goal of the year, assisted by Andrew Dorantes and Mackin.

Alaska had a 34-32 shots advantage but Kapelmaster collected 31 saves compared to 27 for Martinsson. Alaska was 0-of-6 on the power play.

“Justin played very well,” Daniels said. “We’re starting to see where we’re scoring goals on the power play now. Our penalty kill has improved.”

Ferris won 3-2 on Friday.

“It was a little bit looser game tonight than Friday,” Daniels said. “There were lot of good opportunities to score for both teams. I thought our guys competed really hard. We cut our penalties down about half from Friday, which is good.”

Ferris puts its three-game win streak on the line at Michigan State on Friday.

“You try to get it to a point where you’re winning games and you don’t need a lucky bounce to win it,” Daniels said. “There’s improvement to be had. But certainly, I like where we’re at now a lot better than last Thursday night when we were 2-6-1. Now we’re 5-6-1. Eight days, what a difference that makes.”

 

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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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