WCHA Roundup: Bowling Green, Ferris State, Minnesota State Advance
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Ferris State wins in overtime to sweep its series with Bemidji State.
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Ryan Carpenter had a goal and three assists as the Falcons jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then held off a late charge by Michigan Tech. Adam Berkle sealed the win with his second score of the night, an empty-netter as he dove to fling the puck towards the unoccupied goal with just 94 seconds remaining.
"We're not ready to execute right off the third period faceoff, we take a penalty, which we deserved," BGSU coach Chris Bergeron said. "They scored on the power play, and we came right back and scored again.
"We've built up some resiliency the last few years. We've built up some mental toughness. It showed itself in different ways this year. This game was a little of what we've been through."
Bergeron pointed to the senior line of Camden Wojtala, Brett Mohler and Andrew Wallace as standouts.
"I'm absolutely proud of the seniors," Bergeron said. "We matched Wallace, Mohler and Wojtala against their best players all weekend long, we did it all last weekend, and they did a great job. Through a little adversity, they stay focused, and kept the team focused better yet. ... Maybe some things are paying off and we're learning — we learning how to win at the level we want to win at.
"Last weekend I said to Andrew, 'What do you think of playing against their top line? And he said, 'I'd love it.' And the way they handled that, it was a no-brainer this weekend."
Bowling Green will face either Minnesota State or Ferris State next weekend.
"We tied for third in a darned good league," Bergeron said. "We earned home ice, we took advantage of that opportunity by earning a trip to Grand Rapids — which is our new Joe Louis Arena — and we feel we're playing pretty good hockey right now. ... We haven't gotten there yet, but one step at a time. Now we'll go back to work."
One night after an 8-0 win, Ferris State had a little tougher time against Bemidji State. But when it was done, into the second overtime, FSU had another win, a sweep of the series, and a trip to the WCHA semifinals.
Both the tying and winning goals had the utmost of drama.
Ferris State needed a goal with 45 seconds left in regulation just to get there, from Matt Robertson, after the team had been held scoreless since early in the first period.
In the second overtime, Justin Buzzeo was called for a penalty, giving Bemidji a power play. But close to the end of the penalty, Scott Czarnowczan deposited a shorthanded goal for the dramatic win, as the Bulldogs remained unbeaten at home this season.—
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Minnesota State battled back from four different deficits to claim a 5-4 overtime victory over Northern Michigan, earning a sweep of the WCHA quarterfinal series.
The Mavericks took their first lead and ended the game when freshman forward Zach Stepan put in a rebound at 16:32 of overtime.
Minnesota State never led in regulation. Sophomore forward Bryce Gervais scored at 7:22 in the third to tie it at 3-3, then, after NMU took its fourth lead of the night, Gervais scored again, a power-play goal with 4:23 remaining in regulation.
MSU, which owned a 58-32 advantage in shots on goal, extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games.
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Alaska-Anchorage capped a wild third period, getting a goal from Brad Duwe with 2:45 remainng to upset Alaska, 5-4, and take the deciding Game 3 of their series.
UAA will advance to face first-place Ferris State in the WCHA semifinal next weekend in Minneapolis.
Fairbanks scored twice in the third to tie the game. The teams then traded goals in a 1:24 span, before the late winner from Duwe.