Blair Riley
Blair Riley prepares to fire a shot at the Nebraska-Omaha goal in Friday's CCHA Playoff First-Round opener.
The scoring woes continued for the Ferris State men’s ice hockey team as the Bulldogs were shutout for the second straight contest in a 3-0 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Playoff First-Round opening-game loss to Nebraska-Omaha Friday (March 6) evening at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

For Ferris State, the loss drops the Bulldogs’ record to 12-18-7 overall this season.

The Bulldogs’ offense was unable to get in gear despite registering 24 shots on goal for the game. The shutout came on the heels off a 4-0 regular-season finale loss at Michigan last Saturday (Feb. 28) as Ferris State has now totaled a combined five goals in its six outings to date.

Nebraska-Omaha would get all the scoring need in the second period with a pair of goals as the Mavericks would go on to snap a 14-game non-winning streak. Before tonight’s triumph over Ferris State, the last UNO victory occurred Jan. 9 with a 4-3 home league triumph over Northern Michigan.

J.T. Dahlinger
J.T. Dahlinger tries to deke Nebraska-Omaha's Mark Bernier during the Bulldogs' 3-0 league playoff loss to the Mavericks.
The teams were scoreless after the opening 20 minutes as both the Bulldogs and Mavericks posted eight shots on goal apiece. Ferris’ best scoring opportunity came with just over seven minutes to go in the period when a shot by freshman left wing Jordie Johnston (Rosetown, Saskatchewan) in the slot was denied by UNO goaltender Jerad Kaufmann.

Nebraska-Omaha would open the scoring at 5:28 into the second period on a goal by Alex Hudson. The UNO skater deked sophomore defenseman Scott Wietecha and then wristed the puck into the far corner of the net. The scoring play for UNO was set up as a result of Hudson picking up the loose puck in the Bulldogs’ zone and skating into the slot area where he fired the puck past the glove side of freshman netminder Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan). The Mavericks would extend their lead to 2-0 at little over four minutes later on J.P. Platisha’s short-handed goal at the 9:55 mark of the second frame.

Platisha netted his first of the season after getting the puck through a sliding Nelson’s five hole from the inner edge of the left circle. Prior to Nebraska-Omaha’s second marker, the contest was penalty free up until the 12:51 mark when a pair of penalties were assessed to a player on each squad. UNO would close out the period with a 14-7 shots advantage over Ferris State.

The final margin of victory for UNO in the post-season league match would come 1:21 into the third period of play as Matt Ambroz connected on the Mavericks’ lone power-play opportunity with a shot from the left edge of the Bulldog goal crease.

Taylor Nelson (5-8-4) turned away 29 saves in taking the loss for Ferris State while Jerad Kauffmann stopped all 24 FSU shots in a winning performance.

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