Three-Goal Second Period Sends Lake Superior State Past Ferris State, 3-2
Freshman forward Diego Cuglietta scores shorthanded goal for Lakers

Freshman forward Diego Cuglietta scored a shorthanded goal for the Lakers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 17:19  FSU1-0 EV Chad McDonald (9)Sean O'Rourke/7, Tyler Dorantes/6
2nd 4:53  LSS1-1 EV Mitch Hults (8)J.T. Henke/11, Anthony Nellis/12
2nd 12:04  LSS2-1 EV Jake Hand (3)Gage Torrel/11, Aidan Wright/3
2nd 15:51  LSS3-1 SH GW Diego Cuglietta (6) -
3rd 11:38  FSU2-3 EV Mitch Maloney (4)Kyle Schempp/14
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Lake Superior State  0303
Ferris State  1012
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Lake Superior State  65819
Ferris State  1514736
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Lake Superior State (13-20-5)  0/3 5/10 1
Ferris State (15-14-6)  0/4 4/8 0
Lake Superior State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Gordon Defiel (W, 10-12-4)60:002 1414634
Ferris State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Darren Smith (L, 12-9-5)40:003 6208
Charles Williams18:230 0088
Empty Net1:370     

Big Rapids, Mich. -- Despite a late flurry of chances for the Ferris State Bulldogs, the Lake Superior State Lakers escaped Big Rapids with two points with a 3-2 win in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play on Saturday (March 5) at Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Due to a Northern Michigan loss, Ferris State clinched home-ice advantage for the first round of the WCHA playoffs, where the fourth-seeded Bulldogs will meet the fifth-seeded NMU Wildcats.

Ferris State opened the scoring at 17:19 of the first when junior forward Chad McDonald notched his ninth goal of the season, matching his career high.

Senior defenseman Sean O'Rourke gained his career-best seventh helper of the season after batting the puck out of mid-air past center ice where McDonald found himself unabated to the net. McDonald faked to the backhand and moved around Lake Superior State netminder Gordon Defiel before sliding the puck in. Sophomore defenseman Tyler Dorantes was credited with his sixth assist of the year on the goal.

The Lakers evened the contest at 4:53 of the second stanza when Mitch Hults scored his eighth of the year from JT Henke and Anthony Nellis. Henke and Hults had a two-on-one break, and Henke slid a pass across to Hults who fired it off the far post and in.

Lake Superior State took a 2-1 lead at 12:04 of the second when Jake Hand tallied his third of the year from Gage Torrel and Aidan Wright. Wright shot the puck off a body in front and Ferris State freshman goaltender Darren Smith leaned to his right. The shot rebounded to Smith's left where Hand found it and buried it into a nearly empty net.

Diego Cuglietta added a shorthanded breakaway goal at 15:51 of the second to extend the Laker lead to 3-1. Cuglietta charged in on Smith and put it between his legs, while McDonald desperately tried to get back after a turnover in the Ferris State offensive zone, tripping Cuglietta in the process and taking a penalty after the goal.

As the Bulldogs took the ice for the third period, Head Coach Bob Daniels elected to pull Smith in favor of junior goaltender Charles Williams to finish the contest.

Ferris State cut the Laker lead to 3-2 at 11:38 of the third when sophomore forward Mitch Maloney scored his fourth of the season. The Lakers turned it over in the slot, and Maloney ripped it off a Laker defender and past Defiel. Junior forward Kyle Schempp grabbed his 14th helper of the year on the play.

The Bulldogs pulled Williams with a little over 90 seconds to play and had a few chances, but the Lakers held on for the victory.

Defiel improved to 10-12-4 on the season for LSSU, while Smith took the loss for FSU, falling to 12-9-4. Ferris State outshot the Lakers 36-19 on the night with Smith and Williams each making eight saves.

The Bulldogs ended the 2015-16 regular season with an overall record of 15-14-6, with a 13-11-4 mark in WCHA play.

Fourth place Ferris State will host the NMU Wildcats for a best-of-three first round playoff series on March 11-13 at Ewigleben Ice Arena. Puck drops for Friday and Saturday's games are scheduled for 7:07 pm ET. If necessary, game three is scheduled for Sunday, March 13 at 5:07 pm ET.