|(Updated 11:40 p.m.) Ferris completes sweep of BGSU hockey (11-17-12)|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 17 November 2012 21:24|
Unfortunately for the Falcons, they had a difficult time solving Ferris State goalie C.J. Motte.
The sophomore made 29 saves to lead the 20th-ranked Bulldogs to a 3-1 win in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game. BOX SCORE
His goaltending enabled Ferris to complete a sweep of the series on a night it was out-shot by a 30-15 margin.
He had 11 saves in the first period, and nine stops in each of the final two periods.
Kyle Bonis and Travis Ouellette each had one goal and one assist for the Bulldogs, who never trailed to move to 6-4-2 overall and 5-3 in the CCHA.
The Falcons (2-8-3, 1-5-2-1) have scored just 23 goals in 13 games, including eight games with two or fewer goals.
“We’re getting chances, but we need to capitalize and take that momentum and build off of it,” said forward Bryce Williamson, whose rebound goal 2:07 into the third period brought BG within 2-1.
But Ferris clinched the win on Ouellette’s empty-net goal with just 30 seconds to play.
Scoring wasn’t expected to be a major issue for BG, which averaged 2.9 goals per game only the last 10 games last season. All of BG’s top forwards from last season returned.
“We’re just not bearing down around their net,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “C.J. Motte’s a good goalie, but we’re not bearing down. I don’t think we’re that offensively challenged. I just don’t think we have any idea what it means to be intense, at least not enough, and that comes back to me.We’re getting opportunities. It’s just a matter of making it happen.”
Motte stopped 62-of-66 shots in the series to improve his goals-against average to 2.20 and save percentage to .928. He stopped 33 shots in Friday’s 4-3 overtime win.
Ferris, which never trailed in the two games, helped Motte by blocking 36 of BG’s 123 total shot attempts in the series.
“He was really good all weekend,” Williamson said. “We had quite a few good chances to get leads, but we just weren’t able to do so. He always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.”
“It was just a great weekend for him,” Ferris coach Bob Daniels said.
BG was decent during parts of the first two periods and so-so in the third period Saturday.
Ferris took a 2-0 lead on goals from Andy Huff at 14:12 of the first period and Kyle Bonis at 17:57 of the second period.
“We were way too inconsistent. Consistency is something we’ve struggled with,” Bergeron said. “We paint ourselves into a corner and then we start fighting. That’s too late. Our margin for error is so small and teams like Ferris State expose you.”
The teams played a physical game that was nasty at times.
“We got timely goals,” Daniels said. “I don’t think either team had as many scoring chances as we saw Friday. Even though we were out-shot, I felt better about tonight’s game. We made some strides tonight.”
“It seems when we have a chance, we don’t score and it comes right back down and (the other team) scores,” Williamson said.
The BG power play was 1-of-5, while Ferris was 1-of-4.
The Bulldogs’ power-play goal came after a poor BG line change.
BG’s Tommy Burke made 12 saves as he split starts with Andrew Hammond for the second straight weekend.
“Just the rotation and ... (Burke) had played well enough to deserve to play,” Bergeron said of why Burke started.
Bergeron also said Hammond didn’t play because he’ll start Wednesday at No. 13 Michigan, BG’s third game in six nights.
|Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2012 09:29|
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