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Special Teams Key Ferris Win Over UAF

Lewis Nets Winner To Overcome Strong Goaltending

— Despite excellent goaltending by Alaska Fairbanks’ Preston McKay, the special-teams play of Ferris State proved to be the difference as a power-play goal by Scott Lewis gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 victory over UAF Friday night.

UAF came out strong the first period, but Ferris struck first. With UAF on the power play, Chad McIver chipped the puck out of the zone and right to Rob Collins. Two Alaska Fairbanks defenders were caught out of position with Collins streaking down the left side. Collins moved in front of McKay and shot the puck over his glove, rippling the twine for a 1-0 lead at 10:22.

After two more failed power-play opportunities for Fairbanks, Ferris State capitalized on a power play of its own. McKay turned Kevin Swider’s shot away, but Lewis pinched in from the point and buried the puck top-shelf to the stick side of the sprawling goaltender for a 2-0 lead at 13:51.

Alaska Fairbanks rebounded quickly, but every power-play chance was thwarted by the stingy Bulldog defense or gobbled up by the hungry glove of Phil Osaer.

Still, UAF’s best opportunity came on the power play near the end of the second period. Off a two-on-one chance down low, Osaer who read the pass and slid across to rob the goal.

UAF got on the board quickly in the third period. Osear turned Larranaga’s shot away, but Andrews was there for the rebound. He backhanded it towards the net and got the bounce he needed to get it up over Osaer’s right pad and into the goal at 2:58.

That was all for UAF, however, as the Nanooks were finally forced to pull McKay with a minute left in regulation; Osaer and the defense were again there to close the door and earn the victory for Ferris State.

Alaska Fairbanks and Ferris State will meet one last time this season, Saturday night in Big Rapids to close out the series.

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  • Mfurta15

    THE DIV 3 NCAA formmat is stupd , time to get with the times, it should be 16 teams , 1 from each conference and 6 at large teams. Just like D1. 4 campus regional sites. It will take 2 weekends and make the conference plyoff intense and meaningful.

  • joecct

    Before you dismiss Salem out if hand take a really close look at the numbers and tell me why they should not be in the discussion on Selection Sundae.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JDO74P66JO5MQNHK4W2ORJWUB4 andy

    Who have they beaten that’s good? I looked at their schedule it looks like they have not faced one tough out of conference team.

    That being said, I agree DIII needs a bigger playoff. If D3 has 20 more schools than DI there is no reason to have a much smaller play off.

    Every big conference should have a AQ and then at least 4 pool C qualifiers.

  • spwood

    Good to see Chris still hanging around Div III…. Plattsburgh has had the most bizarre season I’ve ever seen: 6-0-1 against ranked teams outside of SUNY. 10-7 against teams in SUNY, including 1-3 against ranked teams. They are certainly capable of beating everyone in this tournament. I’d obviously love to see them get in…

    joecct, which ranked team has Salem St. played out of conference? Adrian fans will be happy to share why Salem St. is not in the discussion this year….

    • joecct

      OOC Schedule
      Colby — won 6th NESCAC
      Babson – won 5th East
      So Maine – ot loss 7th east
      NEC – won 9th east
      Wentworth – won <– necessary for ECAC-NE comparison purposes.

      Now let's take Neumann
      Geneseo x 2 0-1-1 2nd SUNY
      Curry – win
      Cortland x 2 2-0-0 did not make playoffs
      Brockport x 2 1-0-1 did not make playoffs
      Morrisville x2 1-1-0 5th place SUNY

      Not exactly the Green Bay Packers there.

  • GoBart

    How is Hobart be out of contention?

    -They are 10-2-1 out of their conference. That includes three wins over teams that won their conference’s regular season title (Oswego, Hamilton and Curry).
    - They are #3 in the country for strength of schedule and still have 15 wins.
    - Over half their games were against ranked teams
    - 7 of their 9 losses came against ranked teams
    - They have beaten 5 of the 8 teams from the East that Lerch picks for the tourney….the other three they didn’t play.

    I am not saying Hobart should get in for sure, but if they win the ECAC West tournament how couldn’t they at least be considered? They match up very well in the PWR against most teams in contention.

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