BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — A goal from sophomore forward Jared VanWormer in overtime lifted Ferris State to a thrilling 3-2 triumph against eighth-ranked rival Bowling Green on Saturday night before a sellout crowd at the Ewigleben Ice Arena.
VanWormer produced his second goal of the night and third point of the contest on a shot 3:48 into the extra session for his sixth goal of the season as the Bulldogs claimed the win to conclude a four-game stretch against the Falcons in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play.
With the win, Ferris State snapped a seven-game skid and improved to 12-18-1 on the year while the Falcons fell to 18-7-5 overall. The Bulldogs are now 9-13-0 in the WCHA with BGSU dropping to 14-5-3 in league action.
The energetic crowd helped the Bulldogs to a 2-0 advantage before the Falcons rallied back to force the extra period and setup VanWormer’s exciting lamplighter in OT.
VanWormer not only finished the evening in a big way, but he also started the contest off with a bang as he was credited with FSU’s opening goal 1:06 into the opening period on a tip near the net during a Bulldog power play. Senior forward Justin Buzzeo along with sophomore defenseman Ryan Lowney were credited with assists on the tally.
Ferris State added to its advantage at the 10:25 mark of the first period when senior defenseman Jason Binkley recorded his second goal of the year off assists from VanWormer and freshman forward Tyler Andrew, who notched their seventh and third helpers of the year, respectively.
The Bulldogs held onto the 2-0 edge until almost the end of the middle stanza when Bowling Green finally capitalized with a goal from Adam Berkle 17:35 into the period. His sixth marker was aided by Matt Pohlkamp as he picked up his 14th assist of the year.
FSU took its 2-1 lead into the third period and the score stood up until the 13:29 mark of the final frame when the Falcons got the equalizer on Ben Murphy’s 11th goal of the season. Brandon Hawkins produced his 11th assist as BGSU managed to knot the game up at two goals apiece.
In overtime, VanWormer scored on a big shot to produce the win with Buzzeo picking up his 11th assist of the year and second of the night. Binkley also recorded his second point of the evening by notching his ninth assist this season.
Bulldog senior captain and goaltender CJ Motte picked up the win with 28 saves in 63:48 between the pipes while recording his 60th career victory. He’s only three wins shy of matching former standout Mike Brown’s school-best 63 career victories in net. Motte stopped six shots in period one, followed by 15 saves in the second and four in the third. He also made three saves in OT.
On the Bowling Green side, Chris Nell got the start in net and went the distance in dropping to 6-3-2 on the season. He had 13 saves in the first 20 minutes of play before making 14 saves in the second, 10 in the third and one in the extra session.