|Updated 11:30 p.m., Ferris' two late goals produce 3-3 tie with Falcons|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Friday, 15 November 2013 22:48|
Cory Kane’s extra-attacker goal with nine seconds left enabled 14th-ranked Ferris State to earn a 3-3 overtime tie in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game.
The goal completed Ferris’ rally from a 3-1 deficit in the final two minutes of regulation.
Garrett Thompson cut BG’s lead to one goal with 1:56 to go. BOX SCORE
Ferris remained unbeaten in league play at 4-0-1 and is 7-2-1 overall. The Bulldogs are the only team without a loss in WCHA play.
BG is 5-3-2, 3-1-1.
“We lost our poise,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “We defended hard all night and that was the one thing we did do pretty well.
“You think a two-goal lead would be enough, especially with the time left, but we lost our poise, lost our focus. Ultimately, a good team like Ferris takes advantage of that.”
The Bulldogs, who lead the league in scoring at 3.8 goals per game, capitalized on a coverage breakdown to close within 3-2. The equalizer came with goalie C.J. Motte off for the sixth attacker.
“The (extra-attacker goal), both teams are playing desperate,” Bergeron said. “They were zipping the puck around pretty well, and they showed poise, they showed focus. That’s the disappointing part.”
BG appeared to be headed for a come-from-behind win after it scored three times earlier in the period to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Connor Kucera tied the game at 5:02, Cam Wojtala gave BG a 2-1 lead at 13:10 and Brent Tate extended the lead to two goals at 15:14.
Ferris opened the scoring on Chad McDonald’s short-handed goal at 2:20 of the second period.
BG held a 40-31 edge in shots, including a 26-15 margin during the first two periods.
Motte stopped 37 shots, while BG’s Tommy Burke had 28 saves.
“We need to play better hockey from start to finish,” Bergeron said. “The first two periods weren’t very good and we need to learn to finish games.
“We were ahead in the shots, but the shots were from the perimeter and we weren’t getting second-chance efforts around the net. We knew we were going to have to do that against a really good goalie and a team that defends well, and keeps you to the outside.”
In the third period, Kucera scored on a screen shot, Wojtala scored on a rebound and Tate scored on a tip. BG had 11 shots in the period, thanks to good offensive-zone play.
“We got into our game plan in the third period. We just didn’t play it enough of the time,” Bergeron said. “Our process wasn’t great for two periods and we’ve got to find a way to make the process better from start to finish.”
Both teams were 0-of-5 on the power play, and BG gave up the short-handed goal.
The Falcons are 0-of-19 with the extra man in the last four games. BG has given up just two power-play goals in its last 35 chances over the last eight games.
“The power play was very poor and that is very frustrating, and a point of concern,” Bergeron said. “It’s something we have to get right.
“We did a nice job on the penalty-kill all night long, but the special teams aren’t good enough when you only have one of them going.”
The teams play again Saturday night at 7:07.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 16 November 2013 09:29|
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