Saturday, March 1, 2014

Nanooks Whip Bulldogs in Epic 4-1 Rout

What a game, the 'Nooks looked their best they have played and Ferris State took exception. The Nanooks outhustled, outworked, and outplayed the Bulldogs all over the ice. Some have said the shots on goal tell a different story, but I disagree. Despite being outshot 2-1, the Bulldogs had very few quality scoring chances. The Nanooks physical play took Ferris State out of their element, and forced the Bulldogs into bad choices.

Nanooks came out of the gates hot and firing tonight. Right out of the gates, Colton Beck hit the wing and sniped one over the left shoulder of CJ Motte just 36 seconds into the game. Then Sean Cahill went into beast mode as Ferris State started upping the pressure. 13 shots for the Bulldogs in the 1st, but Cahill stopped every one of 'em.

Into the 2nd, the Nanooks had a big 5 on 3 penalty kill to push through, but after killing it off they generated some serious offensive pressure and got things going. Nolan Huysmans buried the 2nd and Tyler Morley the 3rd in almost identical plays. Snipes over the left shoulder. 3 goals past Motte in the same fashion.

Ferris would eventually break the goose egg on a goal from Andy Huff on the power play with Hochhausen in the box for high sticking. But into the 3rd, the Nanooks would seal it with a beautiful 2 on 1 chance with Tyler Morley dishing the sauce to Perry on the right wing for the 4th and final goal of the night. Although the fireworks were far from over...

Several players got into heated confrontations in the closing minutes of the 3rd, with a few getting early showers. Shane Frederick from the Mankato Free Press said it best "Ferris State hasn't lost much this season. But when they have, they haven't handled it very well." Which is crazy, I saw more flops and more pissy fits from Ferris State last night than I've ever seen from LeBron James and the Miami Heat. That's saying something... They got nabbed for an embellishment call early on, but the officials saw right through all of the crap that Ferris kept trying. Then eventually the wheels came off the bus later on and hell started to break loose. I'm glad the Nanooks stood up for themselves with Ferris trying to throw as many cheap shots as they did. And Anselmini taking a run at Hochhausen with less than 20 seconds on the clock? Blatantly classless play.

Nonetheless, everyone is eligible to return to the game tonight as of this writing so the stage is set for an epic rematch. Don't forget, the Arctic Camo jerseys are still up for auction, which will end tonight at 9. 

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