Ferris hockey falls to Bowling Green overtime

Ferris State’s Jacob Hetz (28) gets ready to take a shot against Bowling Green. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — Bowling Green scored 25 seconds into overtime on Saturday to edge Ferris State 4-3 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action on Saturday night at Ewigleben Ice Arena

Alex Barber scored his second goal of the season, assisted by Alex Rauhauser for the 12th ranked Falcons, who improved to 11-3-3 overall and 6-2-2-2 in the WCHA.

Ferris, winless in its last eight games, falls to 4-11-1 overall and 2-7-1-0 in the WCHA.

“Without sounding too soft for a lack of a better word, I really do feel for our guys,” Bulldog coach Bob Daniels said. “That’s three out of four games we’ve gone into overtime.”

Ferris tied Bowling Green 3-3 on Friday but lost in the shootout.

Both teams scored goals in the first period seconds after the opposing team killed off a penalty.

Corey Mackin scored his third goal of the season for Ferris at 7:39, assisted by Cooper Zech and Nate Kallen.

Bowling Green tied it at 16:58 on Lukas Craggs’ 10th goal of the season.

The Falcons scored 21 seconds into the second period by Max Johnson for his ninth goal of the season for a 1-0 lead The Bulldogs scored at 12:31 on Mackin’s second goal and fourth of the season. Kellen and Zech again assisted during a 4-on-4 situation.

At 1:09 of the third period, Ferris scored for a 3-2 lead on a goal by Lucas Finner assisted by Cameron Clarke and Joe Rutowski. But minutes later, the Falcons tied it up 3-3 on Brandon Kruse’s goal.

The Bulldogs killed a power play midway in the third period.

“The guys are playing good hockey,” Daniels said. “I thought we played pretty well on Friday and very well on Saturday. We just need one of those goals to go in for us. We’ve had looks. I hope the guys don’t get too despondent. We are heading in the right direction and the guys are playing pretty good hockey. We’re not getting rewarded for it.”

Ferris had a 27-22 edge in shots. Roni Salmenkangas was the goalie and had 22 saves.

“We played good D zone and kept them to the outside and didn’t let them take those in-the-middle shots and tried to keep them away from the net as much as we could,” Mackin said.

Ferris has a road series at Northern Michigan on Friday and Saturday.

“At this point, we need to concentrate on the details of the game,” Daniels said. “We have to continue to work hard and make improvements. One of the things I appreciate about (Saturday) night is we were able to roll out four lines. It’s difficult when you’re in the midst of a losing streak and you’re playing well but you are not getting rewarded for it.”

 

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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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