Bonis Scores Late Goal to Lead Ferris State, 3-1
by Mike Machnik/CHN Senior Editor
TAMPA, Fla. With 4:43 to play, Kyle Bonis scored to send Ferris State to the NCAA Championship Game for the first time ever, 3-1 over Union.
Union goaltender Troy Grosenick stopped the first shot from the left circle by Brett Wysopal, but Bonis backhanded the rebound past an outstretched Grosenick to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the night. It was Bonis' 19th of the year.
Union pressed in the closing minutes and a shot by Greg Coburn hit the post, but the Dutchmen could not net the equalizer. Aaron Schmit added an empty net goal, his second goal of the game, for the 3-1 final with under a minute to play.
It was the first NCAA semifinal appearance in the history of both programs.
After a scoreless first period that saw Ferris State outshoot Union, 7-6, the Dutchmen took the lead on a goal off a face off 7:56 into the second. Jeremy Welsh won the draw to the right of FSU goaltender Taylor Nelson and Coburn's shot from the blue line was deflected high glove side by Daniel Carr for Carr's 20th of the season, making it 1-0 Union. The goal came soon after Union's Shane Gostisbehere had hit the post with a slap shot from the point.
:21 later, Ferris had the game's first power play after Andy Huff was tripped up by Ryan Forgaard, but Grosenick stopped both shots the Bulldogs put on him to kill it off.
Another Union penalty, this one to Cole Ikkala for charging Eric Alexander at 15:24, gave the Bulldogs another man advantage, and Ferris State would tie the game on the first goal of the night by Bonis. Bonis walked the puck out of the right corner and had his first shot stopped by Grosenick, but Schmit knocked in a loose puck at the top of the crease to make it 1-1.
Ferris outshot Union in the period, 17-13, including 7-0 on the power play.
Ferris State had the best chance early in the game on a one-timer from the slot by Bonis that was stopped by Grosenick with the left pad four minutes in. Seven and a half minutes in, a shot from the right point by Chad Billins was deflected by Cory Kane and went off the crossbar behind Grosenick.
Union's best chances of the first came late when Josh Jooris fired a shot on Nelson from the left circle and Welsh overskated the rebound, and then when a pass from Welsh to Carr on a 2-on-1 went just ahead of Carr and off his stick.
Ferris State outshot Union, 37-28, and went 1-for-4 on the power play while Union went 0-for-1.
The Dutchmen end their best season ever at 26-8-7. Ferris State improves to 26-11-5 and will meet the Minnesota-Boston College winner on Saturday for the NCAA championship.