Thursday, April 5, 2012

One Game to Go

It'll be Bulldogs against Eagles on Saturday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Florida for the 2012 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey championship.

Ferris State (26-11-5) will head to its first-ever national title game after ousting Union, 3-1, on Thursday. The Bulldogs got two goals from Aaron Schmit, including a clinching empty-netter in the final minutes. Kyle Bonis set up Ferris’ first goal, after Daniel Carr had staked Union to a 1-0 lead, and then backhanded home the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining in regulation.

Taylor Nelson had 27 stop for the Bulldogs, who won the Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season title, and were ranked No. 1 in the nation earlier in the year.

The current No. 1 team, Boston College (32-10-1), earned its 18th straight victory with a 6-1 blitzing of Minnesota, as the Eagles exploded for three second-period goals to break open a 1-0 game. Paul Carey scored twice for BC, which also got two assists from Johnny Gaudreau and a goal and an assist from Chris Kreider. Parker Milner finished with 30 saves in net.

Kevin Hayes (game-winner) and Brian Dumoulin also scored power-play goals for the Eagles, while Stephen Whitney tallied the game’s first goal. Minnesota's Jake Hansen kept Milner from getting his third shutout in a row with goal early in the final period.

BC and Ferris State have only met twice before, and not since 2005-06. They’ve also never met before in the NCAA Tournament, but that will change when they meet for all the proverbial marbles on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

One game to go.

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