Ferris State defeated upset-minded Alaska Anchorage 5-4 in overtime in the second Final Five semifinal on Friday at Van Andel Arena to set up a Broadmoor Trophy championship game matchup between the conference's top two teams.
Gerald Mayhew scored the game-winning goal at 2:38 of overtime. It was his second goal of the game. Anchorage outshot the Bulldogs 38-24 and led 4-2 midway through the second period.
Minnesota State swept Ferris State in January in Mankato, and the series got a little rough-and-tumble. Should be a fun one Saturday night.
"It will be a great hockey game," Bulldogs coach Bob Daniels said. "It will be a fun hockey game. (The Mavericks) are a really, really good hockey team."
As of the end of the Ferris-Anchorage game, the Mavericks were still tied for 11th in the Pairwise. Still not sure how much of a lock MSU is. They didn't get much help from Minnesota, which lost to Ohio State, or North Dakota, which was losing to Miami.
They probably need to keep the mentality that they need to win to keep their season going.
"I think we're at the point where both teams are in the national tournament," Daniels said. "All eyes will be set on the Broadmoor Trophy, and we'll worry about the NCAAs down the road."