By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer
The quest continues for Ferris State, whom advance to the CCHA semi-finals for the fourth time in school history following a pair of victories over the weekend against Nebraska-Omaha.
Despite a scoreless first period on Friday night, the Bulldogs made-up for it in the second with a two-goal effort, courtesy of forwards Mike Embach and Aaron Lewicki.
Ferris State took advantage of a Mavericks’ tripping penalty near the midway point of the third period, as Embach finished-off a pass from Justin Menke to make it a three-goal game.
A shutout bid looked to be in order for goaltender Pat Nagle until Nebraska Omaha’s John Kemp lit the lamp with 1:23 remaining.
Menke and defenseman Brett Wysopal each finished with a pair of assists.
Nagle equaled counterpart Jeremie Dupont in saves with 33.
The Bulldogs’ momentum carried over into the second game, as senior forward Casey Haines scored the game-winning goal just 23 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 win.
Winger Blair Riley put Ferris State on the board first with his 18th goal of the campaign at 3:21 in the opening period.
The Mavericks would strike back about 10 minutes later, by scoring twice within a 16-second span.
Lewicki tied the game at 2-2 after tallying his second power-play goal in as many nights at 13:35 in the middle stanza.
Nagle improved to 12-8-3 by racking-up 33 saves, while John Faulkner finished with 28 stops.
Ferris State (21-11-6 overall) is set to face-off with Northern Michigan (19-11-8 overall) this Friday at Joe Louis Arena, with game-time set for 4:35 pm.