The Ferris State men's ice hockey team opened the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) portion of its 2008-09 schedule Friday (Oct. 24) night by skating to a 1-1 overtime tie against Western Michigan although the Broncos would prevail in the shootout at WMU's Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.

WMU's Cam Watson was the only skater on either team to tally a goal in the three-round player shootout as the Broncos pick up two points in the CCHA standings with the overtime and winning the shootout. The final result will go down in the books as a overtime tie by the NCAA.

The Bulldogs, who are 1-2-2 overall and 0-0-1-0 in the CCHA for the season, scored first at 13:11 of the opening period on a four-on-three power-play goal by junior right wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia). The goal, which was Riley's third of this season, was assisted by sophomore defensemen Zach Redmond (Traverse City) and Scott Wietecha (Wolverine Lake).

Blair Riley
Junior left wing Blair Riley scored Ferris State's lone goal in its CCHA opener Friday at Western Michigan with a first-period power-play lamplighter.
The Bulldogs maintained their one-goal lead throughout the game until the final two minutes of regulation. Western Michigan pulled its goaltender Jerry Kuhn for the extra skater and the decision paid off as Patrick Galivan scored with 1:10 remaining in regulation to force overtime. Neither team was able to score in the five-minute extra session forcing a three-round shootout, which was installed by the CCHA beginning this season. Watson scored on the Broncos' first shootout opportunity while Ferris was unable to get its first two shot attempts on the WMU goal. The final opportunity by junior center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) was blocked by Kuhn.

Sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) recorded 18 saves for Ferris State, which outshot the Broncos by a 40-19 margin for the contest. In fact, FSU held an 11-6 edge in the first period followed by a 20-1 shots advantage in the second 20 minutes of action. Jerry Kuhn turned aside 39 shots on goal for Western to earn first star of the game recognition.

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