Zach Redmond
Zach Redmond scored the winning goal in a 2-1 shootout decision over Nebraska-Omaha Saturday night as the Bulldogs picked up their first league shootout victory of the season.
Zach Redmond (Traverse City) scored on Ferris State's final shootout attempt against Nebraska-Omaha as the Bulldogs registered their first Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regular-season shootout win Saturday (Jan. 31) in a weekend series finale at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

The game will officially be recorded in the record books as a 1-1 tie although the Bulldogs earned two league points as a result of the overtime deadlock and shootout decision. Ferris State, which improved to 11-11-6 overall and 8-8-4-1 in the CCHA to date this season, is now 3-1-1 in its last five outings and has compiled a current seventh-place 21 league points total. The Bulldogs earned all of a possible four league points in this weekend's two-game set against Nebraska-Omaha, which began with an impressive 7-1 win in Friday's series opener.

In the shootout, Nebraska-Omaha was unsuccessful on its initial attempt due to a nifty glove save by freshman goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan). Senior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) would connect on FSU's first attempt as he deked UNO netminder Jerad Kaufmann and scored on on a backhander. Nelson would come up with a pad save on the Mavericks' second attempt while the Bulldogs misfired in their second opportunity. The third and final chance for UNO was successful as John Kemp deked Nelson from left-to-right and beat him to the right side of Ferris goal. The Bulldogs made the most of their final chance as Redmond faked left with the puck before firing into the top right shelf on Kaufmann's glove side for the winning tally.

The shootout decision was the first for Ferris State in CCHA play this season and the second such win of the 2008-09 campaign as the Bulldogs won a 2-1 shootout over Colgate in the third-place game of the TD Banknorth Catamount Cup earlier this season (Jan. 3).

Ferris State Hockey
Casey Haines (#6) and Mike Embach (#26) along with Corey Couturier (#19) helped the Bulldogs register four league points in the weekend series against Nebraska-Omaha. (Photo by Scott Whitney)
Ferris State fell behind 1-0 with 2:04 remaining in the opening period as UNO's Rich Purslow tallied on a five-on-three man advantage for the Mavericks, who went on to outshoot the Bulldogs 35-31 in the contest.

The visitors would hold their slim lead until 12:27 of the second period when Ferris State scored on a power-play opportunity of its own. Brendan Connolly would knot the score at 1-1 with his seventh goal of the season after driving home a slapshot by junior defenseman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.) which caromed off a UNO skater's skates to Connolly on the right edge of the crease. Connolly quickly seized the opportunity to put the puck into the short side of the Maverick goal for the equalizer. Senior defenseman Evan Case (Grosse Pointe Woods) along with Matt Case each notched an assist on the Connolly goal.

Just seconds after the FSU goal, Nebraska-Omaha had a golden opportunity to regain the lead but Taylor Nelson made a spectacular save on a breakway by the Mavericks' Alex Hudson. Nelson, who was tabbed the game's first star following a 34-save performance on the night, rolled over on his back and stuck his glove out to deny a potential UNO lamplighter.

The Bulldogs finished the game going one-of-seven on the power play while the Mavericks made good on one-of-six opportunties. Jerad Kaufmann totaled 30 saves for Nebraska-Omaha and was afforded the game's third star.

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