Measurement mattered Friday for the UAA hockey group.
Enjoying on a rink smaller than their house ice at Sullivan Area, the Seawolves weren’t capable of modify in time to dodge their first shutout lack of the season.
Ferris State used two second-interval objectives to say a 2-zero win within the Western Collegiate Hockey Affiliation recreation in Huge Rapids, Michigan.
Goaltender Olivier Mantha did yeoman’s work in holding UAA (1-eight-four general, 1-three-three WCHA) within the recreation. He recorded a season-excessive forty six saves, with 21 of then coming in a scoreless first interval.
The sport at Ewigleben Area was performed on an NHL-sized rink, which is smaller than the Olympic-sized ice at Sullivan. Each rinks are 200 ft lengthy, however the Ferris State rink measures eighty five vast versus Sullivan’s ninety eight.5 ft.
“It is all the time been a troublesome constructing to play with the puck. It is a small ice floor and issues occur shortly,” UAA coach Matt Thomas stated by textual content.
“It took us forty minutes to get snug on how we have to play right here. We had some nice possibilities within the third interval and could not discover the again of the web. It’s a must to play fearless to attain objectives and we did not convey that angle tonight.
“We shall be higher tomorrow.”
UAA was shut out seven occasions final season, together with 3 times earlier than December.
Ten of UAA’s 22 photographs on objective got here within the third interval. Within the first interval, the Seawolves have been outshot 21-5; within the second interval, they have been outshot 17-7. Ferris State equaled UAA’s 10 photographs within the third interval.
Jacob Hetz and Trevor Recktenwald scored even-power objectives within the second interval for the Bulldogs (7-9-1, four-four-1).
Ferris State goalie Justin Kapelmaster earned the shutout with 22 saves.
Heading into Saturday’s rematch in Massive Rapids, Ferris State is tied for fifth place with Alabama Huntsville within the 10-group WCHA; each have thirteen factors in 9 video games.
UAA is in eighth place with 9 factors in seven video games, one spot behind UAF, which is seventh with eleven factors in eleven video games.