Smith, Ferris State Shut Out Alaska, 4-0
Freshman goaltender Darren Smith stops 20 shots to post second career shutout for Bulldogs

Freshman goaltender Darren Smith made 20 saves for the Bulldogs
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 0:59  FSU1-0 EV GW Matt Robertson (5)Chad McDonald/7
2nd 13:34  FSU2-0 PP Gerald Mayhew (8)Brandon Anselmini/8, Chad McDonald/8
2nd 15:37  FSU3-0 EV Simon Denis (6)Tyler Andrew/5, Andrew Dorantes/8
3rd 9:23  FSU4-0 EV Andrew Mayer (4)Trevor Recktenwald/2, Jacob Hetz/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Ferris State  1214
Alaska  0000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Ferris State  512724
Alaska  107320
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Ferris State (12-9-6)  1/6 6/12 0
Alaska (7-16-4)  0/6 6/12 0
Ferris State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Darren Smith (W, 9-4-5)60:000 107320
Alaska Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Davis Jones (L, 3-10-1)59:394 410620
Empty Net0:210     

FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- It was not a happy return to the Carlson Center for the Alaska Nanooks hockey team, as they dropped a 4-0 decision to Ferris State in the Nooks first game back on their home ice in over a month.

The loss drops Alaska to 7-15-4 on the year, while they missed an opportunity to move into a seventh-place tie in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with Alaska Anchorage and Lake Superior State. The Nooks remain in ninth place with 14 points, as they now sport a 5-11-4 mark in league games. For the Bulldogs, they improve to 12-9-6 overall, while picking up two points and improve their WCHA record to 10-7-4.

"The energy was not where it needed to be tonight", said head coach Dallas Ferguson. "When your energy is low, your execution is off and it begins to snowball. Certainly we're disappointed in the outcome, and more importantly the performance. We have to reboot for tomorrow. Give Ferris State credit, they earned the two points tonight. Now we have to go back and get ready to compete to have success."

Ferris State's Matt Robertson helped the Bulldogs find the back of the net on their very first shot of the night, as he scored 59 seconds into the game to quickly silence the crowd of 2,606 fans who were welcoming back their Nanooks after a 34-day hiatus from the Carlson Center.

Alaska had ample opportunities to pull even with FSU after the game-opening goal, as they had three power plays in the first period. The Bulldogs were able to kill off all three Nook advantages, and despite the Nanooks outshooting FSU 10-5 in the frame, Ferris State took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Nooks ran into penalty trouble of their own early in the second period, as they sent two players to box within a minute of each other to give Ferris State a 5-on-3 skater advantage. The undermanned Alaska squad stood tall, as they successfully killed off both penalties to keep the score at 1-0 midway through the second period.

Ferris State had its fourth power play opportunity of the second period with 7:26 left in the frame, and this time they would take full advantage of it, as Gerald Mayhew blasted a shot from behind the left circle to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. FSU connected on another deep goal two minutes later, this time it was Simon Denis who found pay dirt with a 25-foot shot in between the faceoff circles to give Ferris State a 3-0 lead.

The Bulldogs tallied another deep goal in the third period, as Andrew Mayer ripped a shot just inside the left faceoff circle that hit the back of the net and gave FSU a 4-0 advantage with 11:37 remaining in the game. Alaska could not come back from the stiff deficit, and despite a pair of power play opportunities in the third, were handed the shutout loss.

Friday's win for Ferris State marks the first time this season that either team has recorded a decision in three games against one another. Back during the November two-game series in Big Rapids, Michigan, the two squads played to a pair of ties.

The Nooks return to action tomorrow night, as they look to pull even in the series against Ferris State and gain a crucial two points in the WCHA standings. The puck is scheduled to drop from the Carlson Center at 7:07 p.m.