Marquette, Mich. — A game-winning goal by sophomore forward Andrew Dorantes with just 2:05 remaining helped give the Ferris State Bulldogs (8-7-4, 7-6-2 WCHA) a 4-2 win over the Northern Michigan Wildcats (5-6-6, 4-5-4 WCHA) on Friday night at the Berry Events Center.
Sophomore forward Andrew Mayer and freshman forward Corey Mackin each had a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs in the win, while redshirt junior goaltender Charles Williams made 25 saves to pick up his second straight victory in consecutive starts between the pipes.
The Bulldogs got ahead in the first period with the first score of the game when Drew Mayer deflected in a long shot by freshman defenseman Zac Tierney. Mayer's second of the season made it 1-0 Bulldogs at 15:41 of the opening period. Junior defenseman Ryan Lowney was credited with the second assist on the goal, his sixth helper of the year.
Ferris State led in shots on goal 14-6 at the conclusion of the first and brought their one-goal lead into the middle frame.
The game stayed 1-0 for most of the second period, but a late strike from NMU forward Darren Nowick during a 5-on-3 Wildcats power play evened the game at 1-1 with assists from Dominik Shine and Shane Sooth.
Nowick added his second of the night just 41 seconds into the third, giving Northern Michigan a 2-1 lead.
But Ferris State evened the game at 2-2 on freshman forward Trevor Recktenwald's first career collegiate goal at 8:58 of the final period. The Venetia, Pa. native found a loose puck in front and got his tally with assists from Mayer and senior defenseman Sean O'Rourke. Recktenwald's goal also came with just two seconds remaining in an FSU power play.
Dorantes broke the tie with his fourth of the year from Mackin, before the freshman from Philadelphia scored his seventh of the season with an empty net at the other end and just 45 seconds left on the clock.
FSU led 33-27 in shots on net for the contest, with NMU netminder Atte Tolvanen making 31 stops. The Bulldogs were 1-for-7 on the power play, while Northern Michigan finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Ferris State and Northern Michigan will finish up the weekend series on Saturday night at the Berry Events Center at 7:07 p.m. EST.