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Bulldogs Stifle Tommies For League Home Win

Bulldogs Stifle Tommies For League Home Win

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team allowed just 12 shots on goal en route to a 3-1 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) win over the St. Thomas Tommies Friday (Jan. 14) inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Ferris State junior defenseman Blake Evennou shined in the effort, with two points including the set-up of the game-winning goal, while freshman goaltender Noah Giesbrecht made 11 stops in his first home start as a Bulldog.

After a scoreless first, Ferris State stepped on the gas in the middle frame, outshooting the Tommies 16-5. The Bulldogs broke open the scorless tie at 5:37 of the middle frame when Evennou laced a shot through net-front traffic that beat UST goaltender Peter Thome over the blocker side for his first goal of the season. Senior forward Ethan Stewart (4) and sophomore forward Jacob Dirks (1) earned the helpers on the play for a 1-0 lead.

The Bulldogs netted the eventual game-winning goal at 5:23 of the third when senior forward Liam MacDougall lifted the stick of Tommie defenseman Nolan Sawchuk behind the UST goal. He threw a pass high in the zone to Evennou, who finessed down the inside of the left faceoff circle before lacing a pass to the right goal post where senior forward Marshall Moise tapped in his sixth goal of the season. MacDougall (10) and Evennou (5) picked up the assists on the play, making it 2-0 in favor of FSU.

Then, only 97 seconds later, senior forward Justin Michaelian finished off a pretty cross-zone pass from sophomore forward Mitch Deelstra for his team-leading seventh goal of the year and a 3-0 Bulldog advantage. Deelstra (4) and sophomore forward Stepan Pokorny (9) were credited with assists on the goal at 7:00 of the final frame.

The Tommies busted Giesbrecht's shutout bid at 16:27 of the third, scoring on the power play with an extra attacker for the six-on-four goal to cut the Ferris State lead to 3-1 when Cameron Recchi tallied at the left goal post.

Both teams took six penalties for 12 minutes, though four minutes and two penalties each were whistled at the end of the contest.

Ferris State finished the game on the power play, but went 0-4 on the night while St. Thomas went 1-4. The Bulldogs outshot the Tommies 34-12 on the night. 

In goal, Thome took the loss, making 31 saves for UST. Ferris State's Giesbrecht picked up his first Division I victory on 11 stops for the Bulldogs.

Ferris State looks for the sweep of St. Thomas on Saturday (Jan. 15) with a 6:07 pm ET puck drop inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena to wrap up the regular season series. Tickets are on sale at