Ferris State Edges Michigan Tech, 3-2
Senior forward Jared VanWormer scores goal and assist for Bulldogs

Senior forward Jared VanWormer scored a goal and assist for the Bulldogs
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:19  FSU1-0 EV Corey Mackin (10)Jared VanWormer/13, Cameron Clarke/7
1st 17:51  FSU2-0 PP Jared VanWormer (7)Gerald Mayhew/12, Joe Rutkowski/15
2nd 1:03  MTU1-2 PP Alex Smith (6)Gavin Gould/10, Joel L'Esperance/10
2nd 18:09  FSU3-1 EV GW Tyler Andrew (3)Jacob Hetz/3, Cameron Clarke/8
3rd 11:28  MTU2-3 EV Mark Auk (3)Chris Gerrie/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Ferris State  2103
Michigan Tech  0112
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Ferris State  67619
Michigan Tech  14111641
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Ferris State (10-16-4)  1/4 6/12 0
Michigan Tech (16-12-7)  1/6 5/10 0
Ferris State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Justin Kapelmaster (W, 8-2-3)60:002 14101539
Michigan Tech Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Angus Redmond (L, 15-7-5)58:473 46616
Empty Net1:130     

HOUGHTON. Mich. - The Michigan Tech hockey team ran into a hot goaltender Friday night, falling 3-2 to Ferris State to open the annual Winter Carnival series. Bulldog goaltender Justin Kapelmaster had 39 saves to lift the visiting team to the victory.

"We did the things we needed to do, for the most part, tonight," Tech coach Mel Pearson said. "We're having trouble scoring. Things aren't going in as easy as they were early in the season. Until they start going in, we have to play rock solid defensively. Giving up three goals at home is just too many.

"No one's feeling sorry for us. We need to continue on, play better defensively, and maybe get a lucky goal to open the flood gates."

Down 2-0 entering the second period, Alex Smith cut the margin to one with his sixth of the season. Gavin Gould setup Smith for a one timer 63 seconds into the period after FSU was whistled for a too many men on the ice penalty six seconds before. Joel L'Esperance picked up the secondary assist.

Tyler Andrew gave the visitors a two-goal lead again late in the second, putting in a rebound after a shot by Jacob Hetz with 1:51 on the clock. Cameron Clarke was also credited with an assist.

Mark Auk brought the Huskies back to within one, scoring his third of the season 11:28 into the third period. Chris Gerrie carried the puck into the zone and dropped the puck back to Auk. A Bulldog defender screened Kapelmaster, and Auk capitalized to make it 3-2.

The Huskies pressured throughout the third period, taking 16 shots on goal. Alex Gillies was alone in front of the net midway through the period but was too patient to get a quality shot off. Reid Sturos also had a couple chances in front of the net but couldn't jam the puck in.

Corey Mackin opened the game's scoring 2:19 after the initial puck drop with Jared VanWormer and Cameron Clarke assisting.

VanWormer scored the Bulldogs' second goal on the power play 17:51 into the game from Gerald Mayhew and Joe Rutkowski.

Tech outshot FSU 41-19. Angus Redmond had 16 saves for the Huskies, including a penalty shot by Mayhew with 6:05 left in the second period. Kapelmaster had 14 saves in the first, 10 in the second, and 15 in the third.

"I think we weren't doing a good job getting in front of him (Kapelmaster)," senior captain Cliff Watson said. "He was seeing a lot of pucks tonight, and he scrambled well when he needed to. We just need to bear down a little bit when we have our scoring chances."

"We take a lot of pride in our defense," added Watson. "It's frustrating when that's not working. We just got to get back to the simple things and make the basic plays."

"We've got to find a way to salvage the weekend," Pearson said. "We need to stay positive and be ready to go tomorrow."

Tech held a moment of silence for Jeff Sauer before the game. Sauer's association with the WCHA spanned six decades, including a 31-year tenure as Wiscoonsin's head coach that included two national championships and a league-record 665 wins. He spent the last 14 years with the WCHA League Office, and was inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014.

State Representative Scott Dianda was on hand to drop a ceremonial first puck for the second Winter Carnival in a row. Dianda, a native of Calumet, was reelected to represent Michigan's 110th House District in November. He serves Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, as well as Powell and Ishpeming Townships in Marquette County.

The two teams are back on the ice Saturday (Feb. 11) to wrap-up their only meeting of the season. Puck drop is set for 5:07 p.m. at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

The MacInnes Cup will be awarded after Saturday's game to the team that scores the most goals on the weekend. A Winter Carnival MVP will also be named.