NMU hockey: Wildcats routed at Ferris State 7-1

BIG RAPIDS – For the second-straight game, special teams failed the Northern Michigan University hockey team and it resulted in another lopsided loss to a WCHA league leader.

First-place Ferris State scored twice on the power play and added another goal shorthanded to rout the Wildcats 7-1 on Friday in Big Rapids less than a week after second-place Minnesota State scored two shorthanded goals in a four-goal win.

The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead on a power play goal by Kenny Babinski 11:13 into the game. Matt Robertson gave Ferris a 2-1 lead on the power play via a turnover by NMU senior defenseman Wade Epp right in front of the NMU net. A shorthanded goal by FSU’s Chad McDonald with 1:13 to play in the second period put the Wildcats down 4-1. The Bulldogs’ Brandon Anselmini, Cory?Kane and Thompson then added three even-strength goals in the third period for good measure.

NMU senior forward Erik Higby tied the game at 1-1 in the first period on the power play by taking a pass from behind the net from junior forward Reed Seckel and one-timing the puck past Ferris State goaltender C.J. Motte.

Motte finished with 29 saves for the Bulldogs, while NMU redshirt freshman goalie Mathias Dahlstrom stopped 21 of 26 shots before getting replaced by true freshman Derek Dun early in the third period. Dun made three saves and gave up two goals in nearly 16 minutes of work.

The Wildcats, who were outshot 31-30, were 1 for 5 on the power play and the Bulldogs finished 2 for 5.

Ferris State and NMU play again at 7:07 p.m. tonight in Big Rapids.