BIG RAPIDS, Mich. - The Miami University ice hockey team fell to Ferris State University, 3-0, Friday night at Ewigleben Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
The Bulldogs (3-2-2, 2-1-0-0 CCHA) capitalized on two of their five power-play chances and held Miami scoreless thanks to a great effort by goalie CJ Motte. The sophomore had 25 saves.
Ferris State defenseman Brandon Anselmini netted the first goal for the hosts, taking advantage of a Miami crosschecking call with 11:36 to go in the first period. The freshman found the back of the net on a long shot from the blue line. The hard wrister snuck past the right pad freshman goalie Jay Williams, who finished with 28 saves on 31 shots.
The Bulldogs entered the game with the top power play unit in the league, scoring on 40 percent of their chances.
The RedHawks (4-2-1, 1-2-0-0 CCHA) were outshot by the Bulldogs 12-4 midway through the first period, but captured the momentum late, finishing the frame with several quality scoring opportunities.
Miami came out in the second, controlling the puck again for most of the first 10 minutes, but couldn't get anything past Ferris State's Motte.
After seven combined penalties in the first, Miami tallied the lone whistle in the second, a tripping call. MU finished with seven penalties for 25 minutes, while Ferris State had seven for 14 minutes. The RedHawks trailed the Bulldogs in shots 20-16 at the end of the second.
Ferris had a goal waived off five minutes into the third period, but capitalized only minutes later. Justin Buzzeo beat Williams on a nifty wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle.
Ferris tacked on its third and final goal, another power play score, with just less than nine minutes to play. Bulldogs' Connor Schmidt scored in close on a wrist shot after beating two Miami defenders.
Prior to the goal, the RedHawks and FSU were both charged with facemask penalties, but Miami's was a 5-minute major, while Ferris State's was two-minute minor.
Sophomore forward Blake Coleman and freshman forward Alex Gacek led MU in shots with four apiece. Freshman defender Matthew Caito and senior forward Curtis McKenzie both finished with three shots on goal.
The RedHawks return to action Saturday night, as they round out their two-game road series against Ferris State. Game time is 7:05 p.m.