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U.S. Hockey Hall Of Fame Game – Streaking Ferris State Skunks Michigan State


In a tightly-checked contest during which the two teams combined to generate a total of only thirty-eight shots on target all evening long, the streaking visitors grabbed the first goal with the game not even ten minutes old and then added a critical second strike on the power play less than six minutes into the middle period as high-flying FERRIS STATE completely shut down host MICHIGAN STATE 2-0 in the 2013 edition of the U.S. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME.

Ferris State, who have to rate as one of, if not THE biggest surprise of this 2013/14 NCAA season so far, are currently ranked # 4 in the entire country by both as well as USA Today / USA Hockey in their respective polls and pushed their commendable mark this term to an impressive fourteen wins against just two losses with three draws following the positive result in East Lansing last night. The eye-opening Bulldogs, who finished with an overall record of 16 wins against 16 losses with five ties skating in the old Central Collegiate Hockey Association last term, have not tasted defeat even one single time on their last fifteen outings (twelve wins and three ties in that span) this fall. This amazing string of uninterrupted success, which comes under the direction of 25th-year head coach BOB DANIELS, ties a standard of excellence achieved twice before (initally during the 1990/91 season and then again over the course of the 2011/12 campaign) by the little-know school which is, for the record, located in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Ferris State do not, at present, have any players on their roster who have been drafted by National Hockey League clubs but obviously remain undaunted by that situation, as confirmed by the Bulldogs’ deserved 2-2 draw on the road at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor opposite the # 3 ranked University of Michigan (a squad that have no fewer than a dozen NHL draft picks on their roster this season) earlier this week. The backbone of this Ferris State team, without question, is reliable goaltender C. J. MOTTE, the homegrown junior from St. Clair who posted very strong numbers (2.19 goals-against-average, .927 save percentage) after appearing in 35 contests as a workhorse sophomore last term. Motte, whose younger brother, Tyler, was the fourth round choice (# 121 overall) of the Chicago Black Hawks at the 2013 NHL Draft this past summer and is now lacing his skates for the intra-state rival Michigan Wolverines, has now started all but two of the Bulldogs’ matches this season (17 ga, 2.15 avg, .927 svpct) while remaining personally unbeaten between the pipes porting the mark of fourteen wins and three ties for Ferris State this season.

The pivotal point in this intra-state clash of former CCHA rivals came when Michigan State left wing MATT DEBLOUW, the homegrown sophomore from Chesterfield who was the seventh round choice (# 186 overall) of the Calgary Flames at the 2012 NHL Draft, was assessed a five-minute major penalty for boarding a little more than three minutes into the second period with the Spartans already trailing by a goal. Michigan State actually killed off the first two minutes but, alas, this was not a minor penalty and, after having passed on a few good opportunities to clear the puck, conceded when Bulldogs center GERALD MAYHEW, the homegrown freshman from Wyandotte, fed Canadian legionnaire JUSTIN BUZZEO, the junior left wing from Windsor, Ontario, who is the second-leading scorer on the Ferris State team this term, for a tap in goal. With the entire visiting squad doing yeoman’s work to both clog the passing lanes as well as block a total of twenty-four shots attempted by Michigan State, the Bulldogs goaltender Motte actually had very little to do in registering his second whitewash this season.


Michigan State’s imported right wing VILLIAM HAAG, the promising 20-year-old freshman from Gothenburg, Sweden, who has totaled five goals and eight points in his first 15 NCAA contests in the United States, managed to put three shots on target against nationally ranked Ferris State but, like the rest of his unproductive Spartan teammates, failed to score in the U.S. Hockey Hall Of Fame Game at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.

December 14, 2013
Munn Ice Arena – East Lansing, Michigan
Attendance : 5,737


09:21 … FSU – McDonald (Babinski)
25:34 … FSU – Buzzeo (Mayhew, Lowney) – ppg

shots-on-goal : Ferris State 22 ( 7 + 7 + 8 ) – Michigan State 16 ( 6 + 3 + 7 )

penalties : Ferris State 12 – Michigan State 9

MICHIGAN STATE : Hildebrand – J. Chelios, Krygier ; Boyd, Draeger ; Gatt, Holland – Keller, Wolfe, Berry ; D. Chelios, Ferrantino, Cox ; MacKenzie, Ebbing, Haag ; DeBlouw, Hoomaian, Darnell

FERRIS STATE : Motte – Czarnowczan, White ; Anselmini, Binkley ; Dorer, Lowney – Robertson, Schempp, Thompson ; Buzzeo, Babinski, McDonald ; Huff, Schlueter, DeMartino ; O’Rourke, Mayhew, Van Wormer

Note — the Spartans were without Canadian legionnaire LEE REIMER, the creative senior center from Landmark, Manitoba, who is tied for third on the Michigan State scoring chart with nine points (two goals) this term and has 41 assists in 89 NCAA games the past two-plus seasons … Bulldogs, meanwhile, were minus the services of CORY KANE, the experienced senior center from Irvine, California, who is the sixth-leading scorer for Ferris State this season with 11 points (five goals, six assists).


Michigan State right wing JOE COX (21), the homegrown freshman from Chelsea who has scored four goals while skating in all fifteen of the Spartans’ contests this season, has an unsuccessful shot on capable Ferris State netminder C. J. MOTTE (30) during the U. S. Hockey Hall Of Fame Game at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Ohio State Oust Ferris State In OSU Ice Rink Finale

Ohio State right wing CHRIS CRANE (33), the homegrown junior out of West Chester who was the seventh round selection (# 200 overall) of the San Jose Sharks at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, shields the puck from Ferris State’s Canadian legionnaire TRAVIS OUELLETTE (9) during the CCHA quarterfinal round at the tiny OSU Ice Rink in Columbus.

Making a dramatic last stand at a historically loyal ice facility that is slated for retirement, suitably-inspired OHIO STATE rallied after falling in the opener to oust visiting FERRIS STATE, the surprising runners-up at the annual NCAA tournament last season, two games to one at the quarterfinal stage of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.

The Buckeyes have been hosting all their home games at the Value City Arena / Schottenheimer Center ever since the modern facility with a capacity for 17,500 ice hockey fans was completed in 1998. But the little OSU ICE RINK, which was built in 1961 and can hold a maximum audience of one thousand hardcore spectators, has been called out of retirement by the men’s ice hockey team four times now in the past half dozen years. Ohio State’s comeback against Ferris State closes out the recent CCHA playoff record of the Buckeyes at the half-century old OSU Ice Rink in proper style :

2007 … lost ….. Lake Superior State
2009 … won …. Bowling Green
2010 … won …. Notre Dame
2013 … won …. Ferris State

It almost did not come to be after Ferris State, who entered the CCHA quarterfinal series in Columbus sporting a positive record of fifteen wins against fourteen losses with five ties, dumped Ohio State 4-2 in the first contest on Friday night. Canadian legionnaire KYLE BONIS, the senior left wing from Lindsay, Ontario, who leads Ferris State with both 19 goals and 27 points this season, and right wing JUSTIN DEMARTINO, the homegrown junior from Macomb, each bagged a pair of goals for the Bulldogs while netminder C.J. MOTTE, the homegrown sophomore from St. Clair, turned aside 28 shots for the visitors, as well. Ohio State senior goaltender BRADY HJELLE, in sharp contrast, did not have a particularly sharp match and made only 18 saves before being lifted for an extra attacker in the closing stages.


Ferris State goaltender C.J. MOTTE (30) sprawls to make the save as Ohio State forwards ANTHONY GRECO (19), NICK ODDO (15) and RYAN DZINGEL (18) swarm the net during the CCHA quarterfinals at the OSU Ice Rink.

With their backs pressed firmly to the wall, Ohio State appeared at the tiny OSU Ice Rink for, perhaps, a final time on Saturday night and promptly surrendered a goal to Ferris State’s Canadian legionnaire TRAVIS OUELLETTE, the undrafted senior by way of Windsor, Ontario, only three and a half minutes into a critical elimination game.

Hjelle, the 22-year-old transfer from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, would not be beaten for the rest of the evening, however. And Ohio State captain RYAN DZINGEL, the sophomore from Wheaton, Illinois, who was the seventh round pick (# 204 overall) of the Ottawa Senators at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, pulled a goal back on the breakaway to level matters roughly ten minutes later. A second period strike from left wing MAX MCCORMICK, the sophomore from De Pere, Wisconsin, and sixth round selection (# 171 overall) of the Ottawa Senators at the 2011 NHL Draft, along with a late empty net tally from sophomore checker NICK ODDO brought the Buckeyes back to level terms with the Bulldogs.

And so this CCHA quarterfinal playoff would require one final official NCAA contest at the old OSU Ice Rink. Ohio State started well enough when McCormick scored his third goal in as many games only a minute and a half into the rubber match with Ferris State. But, once again, the Bulldogs seemed intent on spoiling the Buckeyes’ going away party and seized the lead with a pair of goals inside of a minute.

Ohio State were not prepared to let the occasion be ruined, though, and Canadian legionnaire CURTIS GEDRIG, the junior defenseman from British Columbia who was the seventh round choice (# 204 overall) of the New Jersey Devils at the 2009 NHL Draft, equalized before the end of the first period. Ferris State laid absolute siege in the second and third periods but were repeatedly frustrated by Hjelle, who finished with a career high 47 saves and did more than enough to hold the Ohio State fort. An early third period strike from ANTHONY GRECO, the diminutive 18-year-old freshman from Fairbault, Minnesota, broke the deadlock and booked the Buckeyes (16-16-7) a place in the CCHA semifinals at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.


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