The Ferris State University hockey team’s season came to an end Saturday afternoon after a 2-1 loss to the Miami of Ohio RedHawks in the CCHA Playoff Tournament’s third place game. The nationally eighth ranked Bulldogs needed at least one win over the weekend to solidify a spot in the NCAA national tournament. Instead they lost the semifinal game to Northern Michigan University Friday night and with the loss to Miami of Ohio on Saturday they lost any hope they had of getting an at large bid.
Ferris played well against the RedHawks especially on the penalty kill. The Bulldogs held the RedHawks scoreless in eight power play chances. Both teams were scoreless in the first period of play, with the RedHawks outshooting the Bulldogs by one with an 8-7 advantage.
Both teams were very aggressive and after a slew of penalties to start the second frame, the RedHawks got on the scoreboard first with a Steve Mason goal at the 4:44 mark of period. After another slew of penalties, 24 penalties on the day, the Bulldogs would get a power play goal from Casey Haines when he grabbed a Blair Riley pass and shot a one timer past RedHawk netminder Connor Knapp. Zach Redmond also assisted on the goal. The teams were tied at one apiece at the end of the second period, with the RedHawks gaining a big advantage on shots on goal at 13-8 in the period.
Miami would score at the 15:56 mark in the third period. Jarod Palmer scored the game winner for the RedHawks.
On the game the Bulldogs were outshot 30-13 on the night. Pat Nagle was in goal for the Bulldogs and got his second straight loss, he was good in goal stopping 28 of the 30 shots he faced. The Bulldog offense came up short and only beat Knapp once in the contest. This marked the last game as a Bulldog for the seniors. After a great start to the season they came up just short when it mattered most.
Northern Michigan beat Ferris on Friday night 5-4 in overtime then lost in the championship game to the University of Michigan 2-1. Despite the loss the Wildcats claimed a spot in the NCAA Tournament as did three other CCHA teams, the CCHA Tournament champions Michigan Wolverines, Miami of Ohio RedHawks, and the Alaska Fairbank Nanooks. Alaska made the tournament for the first time in school history.