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FERRIS STATE SKATES TO DECISIVE WIN OVER NEBRASKA-OMAHA

Justin Menke
Sophomore Justin Menke accounted for one of Ferris State's two short-handed goals in the Bulldogs' 7-1 league home decision over Nebraska-Omaha Friday evening. (Photo by Scott Whitney)
Seven different Ferris State skaters scored a goal and six produced multiple points as the Bulldogs skated to a decisive 7-1 victory over the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks this Friday (Jan. 30) night in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series opener between the two teams at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

The league decision was a key one for Ferris State, who maintained its hold on seventh place in the current CCHA standings with 19 league points to date. The Bulldogs are presently 11-11-5 overall and 8-8-3-0 in the CCHA with the league victory.

A power-play goal by Nebraska-Omaha's Nick Von Bokern early in the opening period put the Mavericks up 1-0, but the lead was short-lived as Ferris State tied the game at 1-1 with 10:30 remaining in the period on a one-timer by sophomore defenseman Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake) during a FSU power play.

Ferris State would score twice in the second period to increase its lead at 3-1 entering the final period of action. Senior right wing Corey Couturier (Traverse City), who has notched seven points (1-6=7) in his last six outings to date, scored his seventh goal of the year at 4:11 into the second frame off an unselfish pass from sophomore left wing Mike Embach (Orland Park, Ill.). Sophomore center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) put the Bulldogs up by two goals (3-1) with 3:32 left in the period as he tallied the second short-handed goal of his career. Menke's unassisted lamplighter represented his second goal of the year.

The Bulldogs would explode for four goals in the final 20 minutes of the contest with freshman center Derek Graham (Schoolcraft) striking at 9:33 into the third period for his third of the season. Minutes later, senior right wing Justin Lewandowski (Naperville, Ill.) would net a short-hander with 6:29 remaining to make it 5-1 as the shortie marked his eighth marker of the campaign. Mike Embach would score the Bulldogs' sixth goal at 15:27 to increase his career single-season best goals output to eight. The final goal would occur with 3:52 remaining as senior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) blasted one past into the UNO net for his sixth of the season.

Taylor Nelson and Tommy Hill
Ferris State held UNO in check throughout the game due to the efforts of freshman goaltender Taylor Nelson and freshman defenseman Tommy Hill. (Photo by Scott Whitney)
The seven-goal output by Ferris State marked the most by the Bulldogs since Jan. 13, 2007 when FSU skated to a 7-3 non-league decision over Wayne State in Detroit, Mich. Ferris State's goal total also represented a tie for the most by the Bulldogs in an all-time series contest against UNO as FSU produced a 7-2 decision on the Mavericks' home ice back in the 2001-02 campaign (Nov. 23).

Pacing FSU in multiple points were Brendan Connolly and sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) with three points apiece. Connolly recorded two assists to go along with a goal while Redmond dished out three assists in the contest. Corey Couturier along with Mike Embach and Justin Lewandowski all tallied a goal and an assist while junior center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) picked up a pair of assists on the night.

In the game, Ferris State compiled 37 shots on goal while Nebraska-Omaha recorded 31 shots. The Bulldogs managed a 19-9 first-period advantage.

Freshman goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchwewan), who improved his record to 5-3-3 this season in net, gained 30 saves in the game and was selected the second star of the game with Connolly claiming top honors. Jeremie Dupont charted 30 stops for Nebraska-Omaha, which is now 13-10-5 overall and 8-8-5-3 in league action this campaign as a result of the setback.



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