C.J. Motte made his 28th start of the season for Ferris State and ended with 17 saves on 19 attempts. Chris Bergeron called on Tommy Burke to counter, making his 13th appearance of the year and stopping 18 of 19 opportunities.
The Bulldogs scored at 14:47 of the first period while on their third power play of the game. The Falcons attempted to clear the puck out of their zone but turned it over to Simon Denis. Denis passed to Kyle Schempp who found Gerald Mayhew across the crease. The sophomore forward had a wide open net and converted for his seventh goal of the season.
The Falcons skated ruts to the penalty box as they ended the period giving up four power plays to the Bulldogs.
Tommy Burke stopped seven of eight chances he faced in the first period while C.J. Motte stopped eight chances and was called for a late penalty for roughing Matt Pohlkamp while attempting to handle the puck in the corner.
The Falcons scored their first goal of the game on a great individual effort by Ben Murphy at 13:28 of the second period. The puck had been cleared out of the Falcon zone by Connor Kucera. Murphy and a Ferris State skater raced for the loose puck. Murphy got to the puck just before the red line to Motte’s right, chopped down on the puck and beat the Bulldog net minder.
Ferris State only challenged Burke five times in the second period, with the junior stopping every chance. Motte made seven saves on eight attempts.
Drew talked to Ben Murphy after the second period as he came off the ice. Here’s that interview:
The Falcons took their first lead of the game at 8:24 of the third period. Adam Berkle had the puck behind Motte’s net. He delivered a seeing-eye dish to Kevin Dufour who was parked in front of the net. Dufour wound up and delivered a quick one-timer for Dufour’s 13th goal of the season.
A late scrum in front of Burke was the Bulldogs final rush of offense as the Falcons held off the late Bulldog push. The Bulldogs thought they had gotten the puck across the line but Burke was over the puck.
C.J. Motte stopped three of four Falcon shots in the third period while Burke turned aside all six Bulldog chances.
The Falcons and Bulldogs will conclude their series Saturday at 7:07pm.
– Despite giving up a power play goal (FSU was 1/8 on the night) the Falcons still sit at #1 in the nation with a 93.27 kill percentage.
– Kevin Dufour has scored four points in the Falcon’s last five games (3-1-4). He sits in third place in the WCHA with 13 goals. Bryce Gervais (MSU – 18) and Tanner Kero (MTU – 14) sit ahead of him.