Derek Graham
Freshman Derek Graham scored his first collegiate goal as the Bulldogs came up just short in a 5-4 opening-round loss to St. Lawrence Friday afternoon at the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup.
The Ferris State hockey team scored the game's final three goals all in the third period but was uable to overcome an early four-goal deficit as the Bulldogs fell 5-4 to St. Lawrence Friday (Jan. 2) afternoon in the first game of the 13th annual Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup at Burlington, Vt.

The Bulldogs, who are now 9-9-3 overall this season as a result of the loss, trailed thoughout the contest as St. Lawrence scored the game's first four goals before a sellout crowd of 4,003 fans at Vermont's Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Saints came out hard in the first period, scoring 1:13 into the frame and then again with 2:56 remaining as SLU outshot the Bulldogs 13-9. St. Lawrence continued its offensive prowess in the second 20 minutes with a pair of special team lamplighters, one a power-play tally at two minutes into the frame and the other on a shortie at 5:46.

Ferris State, which outshot the Saints 34-32, got on the board at 9:21 of the second when junior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) netted his fourth goal of the season to make it a 4-1 game going into the final 20 minutes of regulation.

St. Lawrence began the third period by capitalizing on a Bulldog penalty as the Saints produced a power-play marker at 5:35 into the stanza to go up 5-1. FSU would hold the Saints off the scoreboard from there on out as the Bulldogs reeled off three unanswered goals in the final 11 minutes of action. Freshman center Derek Graham (Schoolcraft) scored his first goal of the year on a power play at 9:11 as Ferris would eventually register a 17-5 shots advantage in the final period.

The Bulldogs would receive another power play opportunity with a little over four minutes to play in the stanza and converted as sophomore left wing Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) connected for his first goal of the season with 2:30 left to be played. Ferris then made it a one-goal game with just 41 seconds remaining in the period when junior center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) generated his team-leading ninth goal of the season. The lamplighter occurred after coincidental penalties as the Bulldogs pulled freshman goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) in favor of the extra attacker. FSU was able to get off two more shots in the time remaining but one was wide and the other was blocked by the Saints.

Sophomore Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) started for the Bulldogs and made 12 saves in 22:36 of play before yielding to Nelson (4-3-2), who took the loss and turned away 15 shots in just under 36 minutes between the posts. Alex Petizian (6-6-1) went the distance for SLU and concluded the evening with 30 saves, including 14 in the third period.

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