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MEN'S HOCKEY: Ferris State ties it with 45 seconds left, scores in 2 OT to end BSU's season

Ferris State's Cory Kane skates in front of the Bemidji State bench as Sam Rendle defends him during their game Saturday night in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State beat the Beavers 3-2 in double overtime, advancing to the WCHA Final Five next weekend and ending the Beavers' season.

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — The Bemidji State hockey team was 45 seconds from forcing a decisive Game 3 in their best-of-3 WCHA first-round playoff series.

The Beavers, leading 2-1 in the third period, couldn’t stop top-seeded Ferris State from doing what they do best — winning at their home rink.

The Bulldogs scored an extra-attacker goal with 45 seconds left in regulation then scored a shorthanded game-winner 5 minutes, 15 seconds into double overtime to win 3-2 Saturday at Ewigleben Ice Arena.

With the win, the Bulldogs (27-9-3) punched their ticket to next weekend’s Final Five at VanAndel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. Ferris finished undefeated against WCHA opponents at home and lost just once — an early season game against St. Lawrence — at Ewigleben.

The Beavers, meanwhile, end their season with a 10-21-7 record.

BSU outshot Ferris State 12-9 in the third period but it was the Bulldogs who scored to send the game to overtime.

After the Bulldogs pulled netminder CJ Motte with a minute left, Ryan Lowney found a way to push the puck past BSU goaltender Jesse Wilkins to tie it up.

The teams skated to a scoreless first overtime but Ferris controlled the play, outshooting BSU 8-5 in the first overtime period.

In the second overtime that carried over, ad the Bulldogs outshot BSU 5-0.

However, Ferris’ game-winner came shorthanded.

Scott Czarnowczan scored on a wrist shot that found its way in the net above the shoulder of Wilkins for the score, ending BSU’s season.

The Beavers had scored twice in the second period, rallying from an early deficit.

Ferris State’s Brandon Anselmini scored just less than four minutes into the game, but the Beavers used an odd break in the action to get back into the game.

After BSU’s James Hansen checked Ferris’ Cory Kane into the glass near the end of the first period, Kane’s skate kicked the glass behind Wilkins.

The glass shattered, necessitating a lengthy delay to clean the glass off the ice and replace the boards with a new pane.

Because there was 5:23 to go in the period, officials decided to resurface the ice before the teams came back out to finish the period.

The teams played the final five-plus minutes, took a minute-long break to change ends, then began the second period immediately.

That strange delay may have helped BSU’s momentum.

Sophomore winger Phil Brewer scored his second goal of the season just 1:17 into the second, getting an assist from Cory Ward to tie the game at 1-1.

Five minutes later the Beavers took the lead on Nate Arentz’s goal. He was assisted by Radoslav Illo and Brendan Harms.

Ferris outshot BSU 41-36 in the game. Wilkins finished the game with 38 saves while Motte made 34.

The Beavers were held scoreless in three power play attempts while the Bulldogs didn’t score on either of their four attempts.

Ferris State’s opponent in next weekend’s Final Five is unknown; they will play the lowest remaining seed.

No. 4 seeded Bowling Green knocked off Michigan Tech to punch their ticket to the finals while No. 2 seeded Minnesota State needed overtime to topple Michigan Tech. No. 3 Alaska and No. 6 Alaska Anchorage were not complete at presstime.

Ferris State 3, Bemidji State 2, 2OT

BSU 0 2 0 0 0 — 2

FSU 1 0 2 0 0 — 3

First Period — 1, FSU, Anselmini (Binkley, Buzzeo), 3:50. Penalties — FSU, Binkley (Slashing), 9:45.

Second Period — 2, BSU, Brewer (Ward), 1:17; 3, BSU, Arentz (Parker, Illo), 6:17. Penalties — BSU, Windle (Holding), 17:14; FSU, Thompson (Roughing), 19:54; BSU, Rendle (Roughing), 19:54; FSU, Buzzeo (Roughing), 19:54; BSU, Parker (Roughing), 19:54.

Third Period — 4, FSU, Lowney (McDonald, Thompson), 19:15, EX. Penalties — BSU, Team (Too Many Men), 2:53; FSU, Czarnowczan (Holding), 6:44; BSU, Ward (Tripping), 7:16.

First Overtime — No Scoring. Penalties — BSU, Prapavessis (Slashing), 4:54.

Second Overtime — 5, FSU, Czarnowczan (Thompson, Kane), 5:15, SH. Penalties — FSU, Buzzeo (Holding), 3;22.

Shots On Goal — BSU, 6-13-12-5-0—36; FSU, 5-14-9-8-5—41. Goalies (Shots-Saves) — BSU, Wilkins (41-38); FSU, Motte (36-34). Penalties-Minutes — BSU, 6-12; FSU, 5-10. Power Plays-Opportunities — BSU, 0-for-3; FSU, 0-for-4.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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