FSU EDGES EIGHTH-RANKED MIAMI BEHIND HAINES AND NAGLE
A game-winning short-handed goal by junior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) combined with a 30-save performance from sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) led the Ferris State hockey team to a 2-1 victory over nationally eighth-ranked Miami (Ohio) Saturday (Nov. 8) evening in a weekend Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series finale at MU's Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio.
|Pat Nagle stopped a season-high 30 shots to earn game first star honors in Saturday's 2-1 league triumph over nationally eighth-ranked Miami (Ohio).|
The win improves Ferris State's record to 4-3-3 overall and 3-1-2-0 in the CCHA to date as the Bulldogs earned three league points in this weekend's two-game set.
Ferris State went up 1-0 in the first period of play as senior right wing Justin Lewandowski (Naperville, Ill.) scored his fifth goal of the season at 10:47 into the frame. Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) notched his sixth assist on the Bulldog goal with a lengthy pass up the ice to Lewandowski.
The game-winning tally would come just 1:45 into the second period on Haines' short-hander. A penalty on the Bulldogs put the visitors down a skater, but Haines was able to secure a loose puck following a turnover in the neutral zone and beat RedHawks' netminder Connor Knapp to the glove side.
Miami was able to get on the scoreboard in the third period as Brian Kaufman was the lone RedHawks' skater to get one past Nagle on the night. Kaufman recorded his second goal of the year with 7:02 remaining in the contest. Miami would try to tie the game in the late stages, pulling Knapp for an extra attacker with 1:10 left on the clock but the Bulldogs tightened defensively and kept the RedHawks from scoring the equalizer.
For the game, Miami would claim a 31-25 shots advantage which included an 8-3 lead in the third period. Nagle improved to 3-3-1 this season with the win while Connor Knapp dropped to 3-1-1 this campaign despite making 23 saves.
Nagle wound up receiving the game's first star while Haines garnered second star kudos.