The Ferris State Bulldogs earned their first win of the young 2008-09 season this Saturday (Oct. 11) with a 5-2 non-league triumph over Canisius at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

The Bulldogs, who are now 1-1-0 overall this campaign, avenged a 5-2 season-opening loss to the Golden Griffs last night (Oct. 10).

Canisius (1-1-0 overall) took a 1-0 first-period lead on Vincent Scarsella's four-on-three power play goal with 3:43 left in the frame. The Bulldogs wasted little time erasing the lead as junior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) scored his first of the year through the five-hole of Canisius goaltender Dan Morrison with 1:14 remaining in the first period.

Ferris State would break the 1-1 tie in the second 20 minutes of play with the first of two consecutive goals. Junior left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) netted his second goal of the season at 8:12 into the stanza during a FSU power-play chance as the assistant captain tucked the puck into the left corner of the Griffs' net. Junior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) gave the hosts a 3-1 cushion with his first lamplighter of the season on another Bulldog power-play opportunity with 10:31 to go in the period.Brendan Connolly
Senior Brendan Connolly was one of five Bulldogs to register a goal in the 5-2 victory over Canisius last Saturday (Oct. 11). (Photo courtesy of Big Rapids Pioneer)
The Bulldogs would net a pair of special teams goals in the third period with the first coming off the stick of sophomore left wing Mike Embach (Orland Park, Ill.) at the 6:38 mark. Embach scored his first of the season with a power-play tally. Senior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) accounted for the final score with 5:32 to go in the contest by scoring a breakaway unassisted short-hander.

FSU totaled 46 shots to Canisius' 23-game total. The Bulldogs converted four-of-nine power plays while the Griffs made good on two-of-12 such situations.

Freshman goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) earned his first collegiate win with a 21-saves performance, which included 11 third-period stops.

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