Robert Morris edges Ferris St.

UP THE ICE: Ferris State’s Nate Kallen (right) corrals the puck against Lake Superior State in hockey action this weekend. (Photo/Ferris State Athletic Department)

UP THE ICE: Ferris State’s Nate Kallen (right) corrals the puck against Lake Superior State in hockey action Nov. 19. (Photo/Ferris State Athletic Department)

Bulldogs fall 1-0 to Colonials in second game of Three Rivers Classic

By Ferris Athletics

PITTSBURGH — The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team returned to action following the holiday break this week as the Bulldogs make their first-ever appearance in the prestigious Three Rivers Classic hosted at the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, PPG Paints Arena, in Pittsburgh.

The Bulldogs (7-12-1) squared off against host Robert Morris (Pa.) on Thursday in the second game and lost 1-0
After a scoreless first period, Robert Morris (10-6-3) got a 1-0 lead at 4:01 of the second on a goal by Daniele Leavens, his first of the season, assisted by Brady Ferguson.

The third-place and championship games of the tournament are slated for Friday starting at 4 and 7:30 p.m., respectively. Quinnnipiac defeated BC 3-1 in the first game. Boston College plays Ferris today in the consolation game.

Ferris State is visiting Pittsburgh for the first time in program history as the Bulldogs catch up with esteemed alum and current Pittsburgh Penguin Chris Kunitz.

Kunitz, a three-time Stanley Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist headlined for the Bulldogs from 1999-2003. In his four years in Big Rapids, he racked up 175 career points to finish sixth all-time in program history. In 2003, Kunitz led the Bulldogs to a 31-win season with 79 points (including 35 goals) to capture the CCHA Championship and punch Ferris State’s first ever NCAA Tournament Ticket.

Ferris State owned a 2-1-1 all-time record against the Robert Morris Colonials in four prior meetings. Ferris State last saw Robert Morris at the beginning of the 2009-10 season when the Bulldogs swept the Colonials with a 5-4 overtime victory in which Casey Haines netted the game-winner for the Bulldogs on Oct. 23, 2009, followed by a 4-1 win on Oct. 24.

The Bulldogs have seen the Boston College Eagles three times in program history and have an 0-1-1 record, including the 2012 National Championship game against the Eagles.

Ferris State and Quinnipiac have not met as Division I opponents.

Generally known for penalty kill prowess, this installment of Ferris State hockey hits the halfway point of the 2016-17 season tied with Michigan Tech for the most power play goals in the WCHA with 20. Ferris State has netted a power play goal in all but three games this season and is riding a six-game streak of power play goals.

The Bulldogs have also maintained two other five-game power play goal scoring streaks in the young season, and sit third in the WCHA at 18.5 percent.

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