Ferris State clamps down on UAH, 3-1

The Bulldogs were apparently very tired of losing to the Chargers.

After losing the first three games of the season series, Ferris State staked a lead early and never let UAH get in the game, winning 3-1 on Sunday.


UAH (5-11-2 overall, 5-7-2 WCHA), which win Saturday’s game 5-3, managed only 17 shots on goal.

Ferris State (6-10-1, 5-6-1-1) climbed back into a tie with UAH for fifth place in the WCHA standings, and it didn’t take long at all to get on the board.

Just 34 seconds in, Jared VanWormer scored right in front of the UAH net from a centering pass from Gerald Mayhew.

Ferris State continued to keep the Chargers off balance, and increased its lead to 2-0 as Taylor Fernandez beat UAH goaltender Jordan Uhelski from the slot at the 10:14 mark of the first.

The Chargers finally started to get some offensive pressure in the final five minutes of the first period with the help of three straight penalties by the Bulldogs. Despite also having 1:24 of two-man advantage, UAH was kept off the board as Darren Smith made five saves in the stretch.

Penalties early in the second period prevented the Chargers from getting many offensive chances, but UAH finally got on the board on a power play.

After a Nate Kallen tripping call, Brandon Parker blasted a goal from the right point to cut FSU’s lead to 2-1 with 9:41 left in the second. His third goal of the season was assisted by Cam Knight and Max McHugh.

The third period belonged to Ferris State. Josh Kestner committed a tripping penalty at the end of the second period, and in the resulting power play to begin the third, Mitch Maloney increased FSU’s lead to 3-1 at 1:43.

The Bulldogs would not allow much from the Chargers the rest of the way, outshooting UAH 12-4 for a 33-17 total. Not helping matters for the Chargers were three more penalties in the third period.

Uhelski made the most of the situation, making numerous saves and cover-ups to keep UAH in the game. He finished with 30 saves.

FSU goaltender Darren Smith made 16 saves.

The Chargers’ next action is Friday and Saturday at Northern Michigan for the last WCHA series before the holiday break. UAH returns home Jan. 6 and 7 against Minnesota State.