Pat Cannone slammed home the first attempt of Miami's shootout against Ferris State on Friday and it would be all the RedHawks would need to claim its first CCHA regular-season shootout win.The game was officially recorded as a 2-2 tie, but Miami picks up the two points in the CCHA standings.
Miami fell behind when Scott Wietecha found the net for the third time on the season on an assist by Chad Billins. The goal was scored following a hooking call against Gary Steffes, ending a streak of 36 straight penalty kills. Cannone found Jarod Palmer on a tight pass and Palmer fired a shot that was saved by Bulldog goalie Taylor Nelson but Justin Mercier was there to slam home the rebound to make the score 1-1 through the first period.
Aaron Lewick scored with just 31 seconds remaining in the second period off an assist from Justin Lewandowski to give the Bulldogs the lead. Before each team could make it to the locker room for the second intermission, a tussle broke out among some of the players resulting in 12 penalties, although no one was ejected. Miami killed off three Ferris State power plays in the second period.
Things were tough in the third period but Cannone came through as he has all season. He tipped in a shot from Raymond Eichenlaub, who received the puck from Chris Wideman. The teams would play even the rest of the way and force the first shootout in the history of Steve Cady Arena.
Cannone shot first and beat Nelson left side to give Miami the lead and Cody Reichard made it stand up as he recorded stops on all three Bulldog shootout attempts. For the game, Reichard made 26 saves.
Ferris State and Miami will be back in action tomorrow night inside Steve Cady Arena, with the puck dropping at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on the Ohio News Network (ONN).
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