Ferris hockey swept by Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey squad fell 4-1 to the University of Alaska Nanooks on Saturday night as the two teams wrapped up a WCHA weekend series at the Carlson Center.

The host team enjoyed a series sweep

Ferris State sophomore forward Lucas Finner scored in the game for the Bulldogs while junior goaltender Darren Smith made 28 saves.

Finner opened the scoring with his fourth marker of the year at 1:49 0f the second period on a redirected shot by redshirt sophomore defenseman Zach Yoder (4). Freshman forward Liam MacDougall (3) also assisted on Finner’s goal.

The Nanooks evened it on the power play when Troy Van Tetering scored from Kylar Hope and Nikolas Koberstein at 6:49 of the second.

UAF’s Colton Leiter scored 26 seconds later for the game-winning goal from Nick Hinz and Zach Frye.

In the third period, the Nanooks picked up a power-play insurance marker from Tayler Munson at 5:19, and an empty net goal by Leiter at 19:25 to account for the 4-1 score.

Alaska’s Anton Martinsson picked up the win, making 18 saves on 19 Bulldog shots, while Smith had 28 on 31 shots.

The Nanooks went 2-5 on the power play while the Bulldogs who had been hot on the man advantage, went 0-6.

Ferris lost 4-2 on Friday.

FSU senior forward Mitch Maloney scored his career-best and team-leading 13th goal of the season while sophomore defenseman Nate Kallen added a power play tally for the Bulldogs in the contest.

Ferris State scored first when Maloney deflected a shot from junior defenseman Ryker Killins past Martinsson for a 1-0 Bulldogs lead at 2:20 of the first on the power play. Killins picked up assist No. 12 on the season for his 20th point, while junior forward Corey Mackin added his 13th assist of the year on the goal.

Alaska scored a power play marker of their own at 5:18 of the first when Munson scored from Chad Staley and Frye to even the game.

Kallen broke the tie on the power play with his fifth goal of the season from sophomore defenseman Joe Rutkowksi (9) and freshman forward Coale Norris (8), giving Ferris State a 2-1 lead at 16:55 of the opening period.

However, the Nanooks scored twice in the second, first Frye at 4:12 and then Munson at 13:54 before later adding an insurance marker at 8:21 of the third when Tyler Cline scored for the 4-2 final.

Ferris State kept its hot power play alive, going 2-for-2 on the man advantage. FSU is now 6-of-10 over the last two weeks with the man-advantage. Alaska went 1-of-6 for the game.

The Nanooks held a 28-25 edge in shots on goal overall for the contest.

Smith made 24 saves in the loss while Martinsson picked up the win on 23 saves for Alaska.

Ferris State has a week off before it travel to Mankato, Minn., on Feb. 16-17 to take on No. 10 ranked Minnesota State Mavericks.

 

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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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