Broncos Bitten by Bulldogs

In front of 3,236 fans on a rare Sunday afternoon game, the Broncos fell to the 9th ranked Ferris State Bulldogs 5-3. The contest marked the sixteenth time this season the Broncos have played a nationally ranked opponent this season. In those sixteen games the Broncos own a 4-11-1 record.

In the first period of Sunday's game, the Broncos jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 5:37 mark of the period. Brent Walton rebounded a Brian Pasko shot and put a wrist shot past the Bulldogs goaltender Mike Brown. Walton's goal was his 11th of the season.

After Walton's goal the momentum shifted in favor of the Bulldogs who scored 5 straight goals before the Broncos were able to answer late in the third period. For the Bulldogs in the first period Greg Rallo was able to place a wrist shot past Mike Mantua to tie the game at one at the 11:34 mark of the first period.

Each team had two penalties in the first period but failed to score on their power plays. The Broncos out shot the Bulldogs in the first period 10-9.

In the second period Ferris State took control of the hockey game scoring three goals on thirteen shots. The first goal came just 2:18 into the period. Trevor Large grabbed a loose rebound and placed it top-shelf behind Mike Mantua. Just over two minutes later at 4:35 Matt York score his first goal since November 9th when he put the rebound of a Kevin Caudill shot between Mantua's pads. The Bulldogs score their third goal on a strange play. Coming out of the net to clear the puck, Mantua was beat to the puck by Derek Nesbitt. Nesbitt chipped the puck over Mantua's stick and into the net to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead heading into the second intermission.

The Broncos were out shot in the second period 13-10 however two of those shots hit a post and a crossbar. Both teams each had two power plays, but failed to convert their chances into goals.

Ferris State came out and put the game out of reach at the 6:47 mark when Nesbitt scored his second goal of the game on a shot below the circle that rolled over Mantua's back. The Broncos did try to make a comeback when Jeff Campbell scored the Broncos first power play goal following a 0-29 drought. Campbell placed a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past Brown at the 10:20 mark. Shaun Rose scored the final goal of the game for the Broncos on the power play. Rose put in a rebound that bounced off of Brown's chest and right to Rose.

The Broncos out shot the Bulldogs in the third period 12-4 and for the game 32-26. The Broncos also converted 2 out of 9 power plays in the third period while the Bulldogs failed to score on 6 power plays. For the game the Broncos had 10 penalties for 20 minutes and the Bulldogs had 13 for 26 minutes.

The Broncos (13-16-1, 11-11-0 CCHA) host the Bowling Green Falcons on February 24th while the Bulldogs (23-8-1, 18-5-1 CCHA) will host Nebraska-Omaha on February 28th.

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