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Monday, March 26, 2012

Ferris State advances to Frozen Four

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

For the first time in school history, Ferris State is headed to the Frozen Four, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Cornell in the Midwest Regional on Saturday.

The contest remained scoreless until 11 seconds into the third period, when sophomore forward Garrett Thompson put the Bulldogs ahead 1-0 with their 5-on-4 advantage set to expire. The play started with linemate Jordie Johnston skating up ice before blasting a shot that fell wide of Big Reds' netminder Andy Iles. From there, Matthew Kirzinger scooped-up the puck and fed an open Thompson in front of the net.

Shortly thereafter, Dustin Mowrey evened-up the score for Cornell following a costly turnover by the Bulldogs.

With under seven minutes left in regulation, sophomore Andy Huff gained control of the puck in the neutral zone and hurried into the Reds' defensive zone alongside Johnston to create a 2-on-1 scoring opportunity. Huff sent a pass over to Johnston, who went top shelf on Iles to notch his team-high 20th goal of the campaign.

The Bulldogs went 1-5 while on the man-advantage, while killing off all six of Cornell's power-play opportunities.

Senior goaltender Taylor Nelson racked-up 22 saves to Iles' 19.

In Friday's opening round of tournament action, Ferris State earned a 2-1 decision over Denver, with goals coming courtesy of Johnston and freshman Simon Denis.

The Bulldogs (25-11-5 overall) are set to face Union (26-7-7) in the NCAA semi-finals on Thursday, April 5 at the Times-Forum in Tampa, Fla. The game can be seen on both ESPNU and ESPN3 at 4:30 pm.

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