Ferris State vs Bemidji State 03/14/15
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) — It took 106 minutes and 40 seconds, and more than five full periods, but the Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team completed a Western Collegiate Hockey Association first-round playoff series sweep of Bemidji State University Saturday in a triple overtime thriller, 3-2. Michael Bitzer made 41 saves for BSU, while Graeme McCormack and Brendan Harms each netted goals for the Beavers.
Tied 2-2 to open the third overtime period, Ferris State grabbed controlled of play and got the spark it needed, at the 5:58 mark of the period. Ruslan Pedan was whistled for tripping, setting the Bulldogs up on their second power-play of the night. It took FSU just 42 seconds to breach the goal.
The Bulldogs finished the night a perfect 2-for-2 on the man advantage, while holding the Beavers scoreless on six chances, including once in the first and again in the second overtime period.
The loss ends Bemidji State’s 2014-15 campaign at 16-17-5 overall, while the Beavers posted their best finish in WCHA play at 12-11-5.
Ferris State advances to the quarterfinal round of the WCHA Final Five at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., March 20-21.
The Bulldogs struck first netting a goal on their first power-play opportunity of the evening. Brandon Anselmini fired a shot from the point that was redirected in front of the net by Andrew Dorantes at the 15:57 mark.
The Beavers dominated the second period. BSU out shot FSU 13-8 in the period aided by portions of three power-play opportunities. At the 12:48 mark of the frame, Bemidji State was the benefactor of a fortuitous bounce. Graeme McCormack fired a seeing-eye puck from the top of the right face-off circle. The shot hit the skate of a FSU defenseman and bounced over the arm of the Bulldogs’ goaltender C.J. Motte.
The teams would skate into the final 20 minutes of play locked in 1-1 draw.
Ferris State regained the lead, 2-1, when Kenny Babinski won an offensive zone face-off clean to Justin Buzzeo, who found the top right corner for the top of the left circle.
Facing elimination, the Beavers played their best period of hockey during the final 14 minutes of the third. BSU out shot FSU 10-6 in the frame and one off the stick of Brendan Harms found the net. With 9:37 to play, the sophomore used the back of Motte to bank in his 10th goal of the season.
BSU sustained pressure for the remainder of the period and had two near-miss chances, but the teams would wait to settle the game in overtime, tied 2-2 at the end of regulation.
BSU and FSU played the first 20-minute overtime period to a draw. Each team had nine shots on goal and the game was extended beyond overtime for just the third time in Beaver Hockey history.
The second overtime period was again evenly played, but the Beavers looked to have the break they needed with 1:23 left in the stanza. Travis White was called for tripping after taking Kyle Bauman down behind the net. BSU was unable to convert the opportunity and finished the night 0-for-6 on the man advantage.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).