Frozen Four 2012: Ferris State Falls To Boston College In Championship Game

The Boston College Golden Eagles defeated the Ferris State Bulldogs in the 2012 NCAA hockey championship game on Saturday by a score of 4-1.

  • Live
23 Total Updates since March 18, 2012
  • Important 9
  • Updates 22
  • Articles 1
  • All Updates 23

2012 Frozen Four: Ferris State Loses To Boston College In Championship 4-1

Ferris State's improbable Cinderella story has finally come to an end, as the Boston College Eagles reigned supreme 4-1 in Saturday's Frozen Four title game down in Tampa Bay. A fixture atop the college hockey world, the Eagles, an obvious juggernaut entering the tournament, will once again reign supreme as NCAA champions.

Counted out with regularity by analysts throughout the tournament, Ferris State's path to the title game will still go down as one of the most incredible underdog stories in college hockey history, regardless of how unfortunate this ending may appear. Garrett Thompson scored the lone goal for Ferris State on the evening, with assists going to Andy Huff and Travis Ouellette.

Boston College closed the season on a 19 game winning streak, with its last defeat coming all the way back on January 21st. The Eagles scored a pair of goals in the opening period, and buried an empty-netter in the waning seconds to dash Ferris State's hopes once and for all.

For more on the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament, check out SB Nation Detroit's StoryStream.You can also follow Western College Hockey and SB Nation's NHL hub for more NCAA Hockey news.

Continue

Frozen Four 2012: Ferris State Beats Union To Advance To Title Game

Kyle Bonis put Ferris State ahead of Union, 2-1, with less than five minutes to play in the Frozen Four semifinals, and Aaron Schmit added an empty-net goal with less than a minute remaining to secure a spot in the NCAA Frozen Four final Saturday night.

Union's Daniel Carr scored the game's first goal with about 12 minutes left in the second period, but Bonis struck back with a put-back goal with less than five minutes remaining in the second period to knot the game at one. Bonis' second goal also came off a long rebound in which he was in the right place at the right time and capitalized with a quick, accurate, backhand shot.

Taylor Nelson made 27 saves for the Bulldogs, while Troy Grosenick made 32 saves in the loss.

Ferris State advances to the championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN2 to take on the winner of Boston College vs. Minnesota later Thursday night.

For more on the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament, check out SB Nation Detroit's StoryStream. You can also follow Western College Hockey and SB Nation's NHL hub for more NCAA hockey news.

Continue

2012 Frozen Four Preview: Ferris State Looking To Make History

The 2012 Frozen Four field includes two storied programs and a pair of of first-timers who have never advanced this far in school history. For Michigan's own Ferris State, the distinction definitely falls under the latter of the two categories.

Thankfully, though, for Ferris State to reach Saturday's coveted championship game, it will have to go through another first time Frozen Four participant in New York's Union College. The two schools combine to enroll less than 16,000 students, and yet one of the duo will be guaranteed to hit the ice with a chance to win a title. It's Cinderella hockey at its finest.

As expected, playing a stage this significant for the first time could be a distraction for any team, and Ferris State coach Bob Daniels admitted as much to the Tampa media. "We were on a conference call with the NCAA to go over all the events and I realized as a coach, once the wheels hit the airstrip in Tampa, I'm going to lose control of this team," Daniels said. "We're lucky our players are so mature and so focused. I think we're going to handle it well."

The two Cinderellas will hit the ice at 4:30 pm EST on Thursday in a game that will be televised on ESPNU and in select online markets on ESPN3. The winner will face the survivor of the second game of Thursday's powerhouse doubleheader for all the marbles on Saturday evening.

Where: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa Bay, Florida

Semifinal game one: Ferris State vs. Union College - Thursday, April 5th, 4:30 pm ET - ESPNU/ESPN3

Semifinal game two: Minnesota vs. Boston College - Thursday, April 5th, 8:00 pm ET - ESPN2/ESPN3

Championship: Game one winner vs. Game two winner - Saturday, April 7th, 7:00 pm ET - ESPN2/ESPN3

For more on the Frozen Four, stick with SB Nation Detroit's 2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament StoryStream. You can also follow Western College Hockey and SB Nation's NHL hub for more NCAA Hockey news.

Continue

NCAA Hockey Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Ferris State Beats Cornell, Advances To Frozen Four

For the first time in program history, the Ferris State Bulldogs are headed to the Frozen Four. Ferris State clinched a spot in the Frozen Four with a 2-1 victory over Cornell on Saturday night in the Midwest Region final of the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament.

Saturday's game between Ferris State and Cornell was scoreless after two periods. Neither team was able to get on the board, and the score was 0-0 heading into the third and final period.

Once in the third period, the scoreless tie didn't remain for long. Only 11 seconds into the period, Garrett Thompson scored a power-play goal for Ferris State, breaking the tie and putting the Bulldogs on top. Their lead was brief, though. Cornell answered 1:21 later with a goal from Dustin Mowrey, once again making this a tie game.

Ferris State retook the lead five minutes later with a goal from Jordie Johnston on a two-on-one. The setup was executed perfectly, and Johnston buried the puck in the net, putting the Bulldogs on top 2-1. They never looked back and kept Cornell from tying things up this time around. The Big Red put a lot of pressure on goalie Taylor Nelson in the final minutes, but he kept the puck out of the net and led Ferris State to a 2-1 victory.

Ferris State is now set to take on Union on April 5 in Tampa in the 2012 Frozen Four. Union beat Michigan State and UMass-Lowell en route to winning the East Region, and now a matchup with Ferris State awaits the Dutchmen, which are also headed to the Frozen Four for the first time in program history.

You can check out a full bracket for the NCAA hockey tournament on the NCAA's official website.

For more on the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament, check out SB Nation Detroit's StoryStream.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

Continue

NCAA Hockey Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Western Michigan Falls To North Dakota, 3-1

Western Michigan entered the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament with quite a bit of momentum. The Broncos won the 2012 CCHA tournament and were on a five-game winning streak. While they knew it would be a challenge to upset North Dakota, the No. 1 seed in the West Region, the unpredictable often seems to happen in the NCAA hockey tournament, as Cornell showed on Friday night.

Unfortunately for Western Michigan, there was no upset on Saturday. North Dakota jumped out to a 2-0 lead, and although the Broncos made things interesting by cutting the lead in half, North Dakota went on to win by a score of 3-1.

North Dakota took a 1-0 lead only six minutes into the first period. Michael Parks scored the goal, and only three minutes into the second period, Corban Knight made it 2-0 in favor of North Dakota. Western Michigan cut the lead down to one goal when Kyle O'Kane scored 10 minutes later, but that was as close as this game got. North Dakota's Brock Nelson scored an empty-netter with less than 30 seconds to go, sealing the victory for North Dakota.

With the win, North Dakota is moving on to the West Region final, where it will take on either Minnesota or Boston University for a trip to the Frozen Four.

You can check out a full bracket for the NCAA hockey tournament on the NCAA's official website.

For more on the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament, check out SB Nation Detroit's StoryStream.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

Continue

NCAA Hockey Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Michigan Upset By Cornell In Overtime

Just as it did a year ago, Michigan's season has come to an end with a loss in overtime in the NCAA hockey tournament. Unlike last year when they were defeated in the national championship game, this time around the Wolverines were eliminated in the first round of the tournament. Michigan battled back from a 2-1 deficit to send Friday's game to overtime, but Cornell emerged victorious, winning 3-2.

At the start of this game, Michigan looked like it was on its way to routing the Big Red. Luke Glendening scored 1:11 into the game, and on the very next shift Kevin Lynch put the puck in the net for the Wolverines. The score read 2-0, and Cornell looked stunned. After the referees decided to review the play, however, it was Michigan that ended up being stunned. The officials determined that goalie interference had occurred on Lynch's goal, and they took it off the board. Shockingly, the score went from 2-0 to 1-0, and Cornell looked like a different team after all of this.

Midway through the first period, Cornell scored on a power play. John McCarron put a rocket of a shot past Shawn Hunwick, tying the game up. Later, only 40 seconds into the second period, Joakim Ryan made it 2-1 in favor of Cornell by scoring a shorthanded goal. Michigan's power-play unit struggled throughout the night and especially in the second period.

With only four minutes left in regulation, Michigan tied the game up. Lynch scored, and this time the goal actually counted. He tapped it into the net on a rebound and ultimately sent the game into overtime since neither team was able to score in the final minutes of regulation.

Rodger Craig ended this game and Michigan's season at the 12:35 mark of overtime. The puck came out right to Craig on a rebound, and he buried it for the game-winning goal. The careers of Shawn Hunwick and Michigan's other seniors came to an end with that one shot, as the Wolverines were sent packing with a 3-2 loss.

With the win, Cornell is headed to the Midwest Region final against Ferris State, which beat Denver earlier by a score of 2-1.

You can check out a full bracket for the NCAA hockey tournament on the NCAA's official website.

For more on the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament, check out SB Nation Detroit's StoryStream.

Continue

NCAA Hockey Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Ferris State Edges Denver, 2-1

After going 15 straight games without a loss to start the 2012 calendar year, Ferris State suffered three losses in its next four games. The Bulldogs dropped their regular-season finale against Western Michigan and then lost two out of three games against Bowling Green en route to being eliminated from the CCHA playoffs. To say the least, they were not going into the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament with a ton of momentum on their side.

The good news for Ferris State is that the slide it experienced at the end of the regular season and in the CCHA playoffs did not carry over to the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs opened the tournament on Friday night against Denver and won by a score of 2-1.

Ferris State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Friday's game against Denver. Jordie Johnston scored the first goal of the game 4:30 into the second period. 2:54 into the third period, Simon Denis scored to make it 2-0. Suddenly Denver was in a lot of trouble, but the Pioneers responded with a goal a few minutes later to cut the lead in half. That was as close as they got, as Ferris State staved off Denver in the final 15 or so minutes of the game to hold on for the 2-1 victory.

This victory means Ferris State is one win away from clinching a trip to the Frozen Four. The Bulldogs will play either Michigan or Cornell on Saturday in the Midwest Region final.

You can check out a full bracket for the NCAA hockey tournament on the NCAA's official website.

For more on the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament, check out SB Nation Detroit's StoryStream.

Continue

NCAA Hockey Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Michigan State Falls To Union

A year ago to this day, Michigan State surprisingly hired then CCHA commissioner Tom Anastos as its new head hockey coach. Expectations were quite low for the program in Anastos' first season, and the Spartans exceeded them quite a bit by making it to the NCAA hockey tournament.

Michigan State was hoping to continue to exceed expectations by making a run in the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament, but the Spartans fell in the opening round to Union by a score of 3-1. This was Union's first ever win in the NCAA hockey tournament as a Division I school.

The real turning point in this game came when a Michigan State goal was disallowed because a Union player bumped into the net and, in the eyes of the officials, dislodged it. The goal would have tied the game 1-1, but because it was waved off, the score remained 1-0 in favor of Union.

Union held a 2-1 lead in the final period. Michigan State cut the lead in half with a goal from Matt Berry with less than a minute left in the second period, and the Spartans came close to tying things up in the third. Union was able to put the nail in Michigan State's coffin at the 18:42 mark. On a power play, Wayne Simpson scored on a two-on-one and made it 3-1. Michigan State couldn't get any closer and that was it for their hopes of making it to the second round of the tournament.

You can check out a full bracket for the NCAA hockey tournament on the NCAA's official website.

For more on the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament, check out SB Nation Detroit's StoryStream.

Continue

NCAA Hockey Bracket 2012: Michigan, Ferris State, MSU, WMU Make Tournament

The 2012 NCAA hockey tournament bracket is out. It was just announced on ESPNU, and it was confirmed that three teams from the state of Michigan are going to the tournament with at-large bids: Michigan, Ferris State and Michigan State. Western Michigan received an automatic bid by winning the CCHA tournament.

Michigan received the second overall No. 1 seed in the tournament and will play in the Midwest Region (Green Bay) against Cornell. The Wolverines will play either Ferris State or Denver in the quarterfinals if they win their first game in the tournament.

Ferris State had hopes of a No. 1 seed, but after being upset by Bowling Green in the CCHA tournament, the Bulldogs will have to settle for a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region with Michigan.

After winning the CCHA tournament, Western Michigan received a No. 4 seed in the West Region, meaning it will take on the North Dakota Fighting Sioux out in St. Paul, Minnesota. If the Broncos pull off the upset, they will take on Minnesota or Boston University for a spot in the Frozen Four.

Michigan State was the final at-large team in the field and also received a No. 4 seed. The Spartans are headed to the East Region to play Union (NY), and a matchup with either Miami (Ohio) or UMass Lowell would await them in the quarterfinals if they win.

Here's a look at the full schedule and bracket for the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament:

Northeast Region (Worcester, MA)

No. 1. Boston College vs. No. 4 Air Force (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

No. 2. Minnesota Duluth vs. No. 3. Maine (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

Regional Final: Sunday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNU

West Region (St. Paul, MN)

No. 1 North Dakota vs. No. 4 Western Michigan (Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

No. 2 Minnesota vs. No. 3 Boston University (Saturday, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

Regional Final: Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

-----------------------------

Midwest Region (Green Bay, WI)

No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Cornell (Friday, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

No. 2 Ferris State vs. No. 3 Denver (Friday, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

Regional Final: Saturday, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU

East Region (Bridgeport, CT)

No. 1 Union (NY) vs. No. 4 Michigan State (Friday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

No. 2 Miami (Ohio) vs. No. 3 UMass Lowell (Friday, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

Regional Final: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

The 2012 Frozen Four will be held on April 5 and April 7 in Tampa, FL. The first semifinal on April 5 will be held at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU, while the second one will take place at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The championship game is set for 7 p.m. ET on April 7 on ESPN2.

You can check out a full bracket for the NCAA hockey tournament on the NCAA's official website.

For more on the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament, check out SB Nation Detroit's StoryStream.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Detroit

You must be a member of SB Nation Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Detroit. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Detroit

You must be a member of SB Nation Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Detroit. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.