Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team made a late bid to tie, but fell 6-4 to the Michigan Tech Huskies on Tuesday (Feb. 2) at Ewigleben Ice Arena in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play.
Ferris State senior forward Coale Norris and junior forward Jake Transit each had a goal and an assist in the effort, while junior forward Ethan Stewart added a pair of assists in the contest.
The Huskies took a lead 34 seconds in when Justin Misiak scored in close for a 1-0 MTU lead.
Early in the second period, Ferris State cashed in on a power play when senior forward Marshall Moise found a puck that had hit Blake Pietila's glove and dropped behind him. Moise scored his first of the year from Finner (8) and sophomore defenseman Blake Evennou (7) to tie the game at 1-1.
Michigan Tech scored three straight to take a 4-1 lead following Moise's goal. First Colin Swoyer connected on the power play at 5:13, followed by Tristan Ashbrook at 6:07 of the second period at even strength. Alec Broetzman tipped a puck in on the power play at 8:06 of the second period to finish the run.
Ferris State scored back-to-back goals to get back into the game. Norris scored his fifth of the year from Stewart (5) and Transit (5) on a one timer during a two-on-one break to cut the MTU lead to 4-2.
In the third period, Transit finished on a one-time shot from the bottom of the left wing circle where Stewart set him up for his sixth assist of the year. Norris (7) also added a helper on the play making it 4-3 Michigan Tech.
At 12:41 of the third, Arvid Caderoth hammered in a power play goal on a five-on-three advantage for a 5-3 Huskies lead.
Less than six minutes later, freshman forward Mitch Deelstra tipped in freshman defenseman Drew Cooper's (2) shot from the point the pull Ferris State back within one on his seventh goal of the year at 18:22.
The Huskies scored from 160 feet on the empty net when the Bulldogs pulled it for the extra attacker, when Jake Crespi added the insurance marker at 18:46 for the 6-4 final.
In goal, Ferris State got 17 saves in relief from freshman goaltender Logan Stein, who allowed two goals. Junior goaltender Roni Salmenkangas made 10 stops and allowed three in the start. MTU goaltender Blake Pietila made 15 saves in the win for Michigan Tech. Ferris State finish 1-5 on the man advantage, while the Huskies capitalized 3-5 times in the win.
Ferris State takes on Bemidji State in WCHA play Friday and Saturday (Feb. 5-6) at 7:07 pm ET inside Ewigleben Ice Arena.