BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Fourth-ranked Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team suffered its first loss of the 2014-15 campaign as St. Lawrence salvaged a weekend split with the Bulldogs by taking a 2-0 win on Saturday night in Canton, N.Y.
The Saints scored an early goal for the second-consecutive night in the opening period, but unlike Friday’s come-from-behind overtime triumph, the Bulldogs could not rally back in Saturday’s weekend series finale.
With the loss, Ferris State fell to 2-1 on the season while St. Lawrence improved to 2-2 on the year.
The Saints’ Mitch Eden scored the first goal of the night off a feed from Drew Smolcynski only 4:30 into the contest. It marked the second night in a row in which the hosts produced the opening goal less than five minutes into the first stanza.
The 1-0 lead stood up until the final period as neither team could find the back of the net in the reminder of the first or the entire second period.
In the third frame, the Saints pushed their lead to two goals on Patrick Doherty’s score 12:08 into the period. Justin Bruckel assisted on the tally.
The score proved pivotal as the Bulldogs fought back and made a charge in the final period, but could not find a way to put a goal on the board.
Overall, the Bulldogs were outshot 37-33 for the evening, but had 15 chances in the third period to 14 for the Saints.
Neither team was able to capitalize on the power play as FSU finished without a goal in six tries and the Saints were held scoreless in four opportunities with the man advantage.
Ferris State was called for four penalties totaling 11 minutes with SLU tabbed six times for 12 minutes in the box.
Bulldog senior goaltender CJ Motte made 35 saves for Ferris State in the losing effort as he dropped to 2-1 overall this year. Meanwhile, St. Lawrence’s Kyle Hayton picked up the win to move to 2-2 this season by stopping 33 Bulldog shots.