The United States and Canada wasn’t the only matchup to go into overtime this past weekend as Ferris State and Western Michigan skated to back-to-back ties in the final weekend of the regular season.
In the opener in Big Rapids, FSU took an early 1-0 lead before the Broncos got goals from Ryan Watson and Cam Watson. WMU led 2-1 up until the opening minutes of the third period, when Cody Chupp’s eighth goal of the season knotted the game at 2.
Jerry Kuhn made 47 stops for the Broncos. Pat Nagle stopped 26 for FSU.
The Bulldogs scored twice to win the shootout.
In the second game in Kalamazoo, Riley Gill made 41 stops in his final home game to lead WMU to a 1-0 overtime shootout victory following a 1-1 tie.
Kyle O’Kane scored in the opening period for the Broncos before Jared Katz netted the lone shootout goal.
The Broncos (8-18-8, 4-17-7-2 CCHA) finish the season in last place in the CCHA. Ferris State (19-11-6, 13-9-6-4 CCHA) finishes third and earns a first round bye in the CCHA playoffs. Western Michigan next faces Alaska in the opening round of the playoffs. The best-of-three series — played in Alaska — starts Friday night at a to-be-determined time.