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FERRIS STATE HOCKEY LOSSES SHOOTOUT TO EIGHTH-RANKED REDHAWKS

Aaron Lewicki
Junior forward Aaron Lewicki tallied his team-high fifth goal of the season in Friday's league matchup versus nationally eighth-ranked Miami (Ohio).
For the second time this season, the Ferris State men's ice hockey team came out on the short end of a shootout as the Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 decision to nationally eighth-ranked Miami (Ohio) Friday (Nov. 7) night at MU's Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio.

Miami's Pat Cannone, who tallied the game-tying goal with 13:31 left in regulation, would account for the lone lamplighter in the shootout. Cannone, the first shooter for either team, connected past FSU freshman goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan). For Ferris, sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City), senior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta), and junior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) were unsuccessful in their chances against RedHawks' goaltender Cody Reichard.

Earlier this season (Oct. 24), the Bulldogs skated to a 1-1 overtime tie at Western Michigan in their CCHA opener but lost in a three-skater shootout by a 1-0 margin.

Sophomore defenseman Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake) put the Bulldogs up 1-0 in the first period as he netted his second goal of the season on the power play. Freshman defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) notched his third assist of the year on the FSU goal. However, Miami would counter with a power-play marker of its own as Justin Mercier scored less than three minutes later to knot the game at 1-1 after the initial 20 minutes of action.

The game remained tied until just 31 seconds left in the second period when junior center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) produced his team-leading fifth goal of the season with an assist from senior right wing Justin Lewandowski (Naperville, Ill.) to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation. The Bulldogs held a shots lead in both the first two periods - 10-7 in the first and 12-10 in the second.

In the third frame, the RedHawks turned up the offensive pressure by generating a 12-4 shots on goal advantage and recorded the equalizer on Cannone's fifth goal of the year at 6:29 into the period. Neither team was able to convert in the five-minute overtime as Miami posted a 4-to-2 edge in shots.

Ferris State, which was outshot 33-to-28 for the game, picks up a point in the CCHA standings as a result of the tie while Miami receives two with the tie and shootout win.

Taylor Nelson (1-0-2) received the starting assignment and responded with a 31-save performance. Cody Reichard (1-2-2) made 26 stops for Miami. between the posts.



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