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Ferris, Minnesota State Remain Tied With One Game Left

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With one game to go in the regular season, Minnesota State and Ferris State remained tied in the WCHA standings after each team earned wins Friday.

For Minnesota State, it was the eighth straight win, as it defeated Michigan Tech, 3-0. The loss dropped Michigan Tech out of a home-ice spot with Alaska's win. Bowling Green also won creating a tie with Michigan Tech with 28 points for fourth place.

The Mavericks were scoreless with Michigan Tech until there was 3:42 remaining, when sophomore center Dylan Margonari redirected a shot-pass from junior defenseman Brett Stern for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Minnesota State tacked on two more after that.

"Neither team gave up a lot of great scoring opportunities. We found a way," MSU coach Mike Hastings said. "

Ferris State defeated Lake Superior State, 2-1, to keep pace with Minnesota State. C.J. Motte stopped 32 shots for the Bulldogs, and FSU outshot the Lakers, 44-33.

"A lot of the credit for our team goes to C.J. — he played very well in net — and their guy (Kevin) Kapalka played well," Ferris State coach Bob Daniels said.

Cory Kane and Kyle Schempp scored for Ferris State.

"I thought all four lines were engaged tonight, played well, so we rolled all four lines until the last three minutes of the game or so," Daniels said.

Elsewhere in the WCHA

Cody Kunyk scored four goals as Alaska defeated Alaska-Anchorage, 7-2. Alaska moves alone into third place, two points ahead of Bowling Green and Michigan Tech.

Bowling Green defeated Bemidji State, 5-3, to move into a tie for the final home-ice spot for the WCHA playoffs with one game remaining.

The loss dropped the Beavers into a tie for eighth with Lake Superior State. Two teams will not make the playoffs in the 10-team WCHA, which is now the only league that eliminates teams from postseason play.

Northern Michigan defeated Alabama-Huntsville, 4-1, which moved the Wildcats a point ahead of both Bemidji State and LSSU for seventh place. Barring a loss the Huntsville on Saturday, NMU should make the playoffs, making it a race between BSU and the Lakers for the final spot.

In the Big Ten

Junior forward Andrew Sinelli recorded his first career hat trick as Michigan routed Michigan State at Yost Ice Arena, 7-1.

The Wolverines recorded their most lopsided win over the Spartans since an 8-1 win on Feb. 17, 1996 at Joe Louis Arena, and the largest margin of victory over Michigan State at Yost since a 9-2 win on Jan. 16, 1981.

Michigan remained four points behind Wisconsin for the final first-round bye spot. The top three teams in the Big Ten all won Friday.

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Minnesota defeated Ohio State, 5-1, getting goals from five different players.

Buckeye freshman goalie Christian Frey started the game and played the first 33:01, making 16 saves on 20 shots and taking the loss. Classmate Matt Tomkins came on in relief and played the last 26:59, allowing one goal and making 12 saves.

"It was frustrating because we did have some good shifts and were playing good hockey, but when you make mistakes against these guys they'll make you pay," Ohio State coach Steve Rohlik said. "We felt we played a good first period, but at the end of the day, you're down 2-0 and it's frustrating."

Ohio State was 0-for-3 on the power play, while giving up two power-play goals.

"People talk about their forwards, they talk about their D, and sometimes you forget about one of the best, if not the best goaltender, in the country (Adam Wilcox)," Rohlik said of Minnesota. "But again, they do do a good job of clearing pucks and not giving you second chances. Minnesota's a great offensive team, but they do play good defense and I think people forget about that."

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Mark Zengerle and Nic Kerdiles each scored a goal and three assists to give the Badgers the final edge in an up-and-down game against Penn State, 4-2.

Wisconsin led 3-0 before two late goals by the Nittany Lions made it close. Zengerle's empty netter sealed it.

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