Ferris State shrugged off a 2-0 St. Lawrence lead with five straight goals and gained a split of the weekend series between the two teams with a 5-3 win at Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, MI on Saturday.
The Saints started strong and had a significant edge in shots on goal, but Ferris State took advantage of its power play opportunities and some odd-man rushes to overcome the Saint lead and build a 5-2 advantage in the third period before SLU got one back late for the two-goal final margin.
St. Lawrence, now 3-1 on the year, started well, outshooting Ferris State 12-8 in the first period and scoring the game's first goal when rookie defenseman Eric Sweetman scored his first collegiate goal on a power play shot along the ice which beat Bulldog goaltender C.J. Motte, clanging in off the far post with Brian Ward assisting at 9:16 of the first.
Matt Carey scored his first collegiate goal just 32 seconds into the second period, taking a pass from his brother Greg and rifling a shot in off the crossbar from the center slot with Jeremy Wick also assisting for the 2-0 lead, but things started to slide from that point on.
Ferris senior Garrett Thompson found himself all alone at the side of the net on a power play and took Justin Buzzeo's pass and one-timed it past Saint goalie Matt Weninger at 2:07 to make it a 2-1 game and Buzzeo finished off a three-on-one break with Thompson and Justin DeMartino with a tap in at the opposite post as Thompson threaded a goal mouth pass, tying the game at 11:04.
Weninger didn't get a lot of help to start the third period as the Bulldogs opened it up with a breakaway and then tacked on a pair of power play goals to break the game open. Corey Kane scored on the breakaway as he took a lead pass from Andy Huff and walked in on Weninger, putting the shot just inside the post 1:27 into the third. Seth Adams then scored in a power play scramble in which Weninger appeared to have the puck covered before it was eventually poked into the net, but video review upheld the original call of a goal and Ferris led 4-2 at 8:53.
Andy Huff scored his first of the year on the next Ferris power play, one-timing a pass from Scott Czarnowczan past Weninger at 8:53 for the 5-2 lead.
Freshman Tyler Parks made his first collegiate appearance in goal and made one save in 9:57 of playing time. The Saints cut it to 5-3 as freshman Woody Hudson scored his first collegiate goal at 18:29 just after a power play had expired from Pat Raley and Gavin Bayreuther and the Saints pulled Parks for an extra attacker for the final 1:10, but could get no closer.
Motte finished with 31 saves for the Bulldogs, now 3-2 on the season while Weninger made 16 in 48:53 to go with the one for Parks. The Saints had a 34-22 edge in shots on goal, but Ferris was three for five on the power play while the Saint scored once in five tries.
SLU will return to action at Appleton Arena next Friday as it hosts Northeastern as part of Hockey Alumni Weekend.