EMBACH'S HAT TRICK LEADS FERRIS TO ROAD WIN AT WESTERN MICHIGAN
Mike Embach (Orland Park, Ill.) netted his first career collegiate hat trick as the Ferris State menís ice hockey team earned a 4-2 victory over the Western Michigan Broncos Saturday (Jan. 10 ) evening in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) weekend home-and-home series finale at WMUís Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.
|Mike Embach's hat trick propelled Ferris State to a 4-2 win at Western Michigan Saturday (Jan. 10) evening as the Bulldogs gain a weekend series split with the Broncos.|
The win improves Ferris Stateís record to 10-10-4 overall and 7-7-2-0 in the CCHA this season. The two league points gives the Bulldogs 16 to date for the campaign as FSU gains a split in its weekend two-game set versus Western Michigan.
Ferris State seized a power-play opportunity and converted for the contestís initial score at 9:44 of the opening period. Sophomore left wing Mike Embach tallied his fifth goal of the season as the Bulldogs led 1-0 after the first 20 minutes of play. For Embach, the tally marked the third straight game in which the Bulldog forward has recorded a goal. Freshman defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville) took a shot from above the slot toward the WMU goal which was redirected into the net by Embach. Senior right wing Corey Couturier (Traverse City) also picked up an assist to extend his current points streak to three games. Ferris, which outshot the hosts 15-6 in the first, had two shots hit off the Broncosí goal post.
The Bulldogs maintained their slim lead all thru the second period as sophomore goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) stopped all 16 WMU shots in the frame. A potential game-tying goal by Western midway through the period was waved off and a Bronco shot late in the stanza narrowly missed the Bulldog goal. Embach would strike again in the third period for Ferris Stateís second goal of the night with a blast from above the left circle. Embach produced his sixth lamplighter of the campaign on a two-line pass up the ice by senior defenseman Evan Case (Grosse Pointe Woods). Chad Billins also played a role in the scoring pass by earning the second assist. Western would eventually get on the board with 8:55 left in the game as J.J. Crew put one in past Nagle at point-blank range to close within 2-1.
Embach would notch his third score of the contest and seventh of the season with 6:51 to go during a five-on-three man-advantage for the Bulldogs. He put the puck into the WMU net from the right crease on a rebound after sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) fired a shot on Bronco netminder Riley Gill to make it 3-1. Less than 24 seconds later, Evan Caseís slapshot from inside the blueline gave the Bulldogs a 4-1 advantage. For Case, the goal represented his first of this campaign. Western would get one back on a Chris Frank marker 10 seconds after Caseís score.
Besides Embach, Chad Billins generated multiple points with three assists while Corey Couturier dished out a pair of helpers. Embach and Billins received the game's first and second stars, respectively as a result of their noteworthy performances.
Pat Nagle (6-7-2) turned away 32 shots in claiming the win while Riley Gill made 30 stops for the Broncos. Both team concluded the game with 34 shots on goal apiece.
For the regular season, Ferris State finished with a 2-1-1 record in its four meetings against Western Michigan.