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The Union College Dutchmen lost, 3-1, in the 2012 Frozen Four to the Ferris State Bulldogs on Thursday from the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the second period, Union lost the lead by giving up a power-play goal later in the period. There were not many chances to be had in the third period until Union goalie Troy Grosenick gave up a big rebound. No defenders got in between the puck and the goal, and Kyle Bonis slammed in the rebound to give Ferris State the 2-1 lead. The goal was the second rebound tally for Bonis in the game. Union's last good chance in the game with under three minutes left hit the crossbar after a deflection.
Union pulled the goalie with a little more than a minute remaining. A bad handle at the point led to an empty net breakaway goal for Aaron Schmit.
Daniel Carr scored the only goal for Union. Grosenick made 34 saves for Union in the losing effort. Taylor Nelson made 27 saves for Ferris State.
The Dutchmen finish the season at 26-8-7. They defeated Harvard in the ECAC Championship. Union then defeated Michigan State and UMass-Lowell to make it to the Frozen Four. Ferris State will advance to the National Championship for the first time in school history on April 7.
The Union College Dutchmen and the Ferris State Bulldogs are tied, 1-1, after the second period of play in the 2012 Frozen Four from the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
After Ferris State hit the crossbar in the first period, Union hit the post in the second period. The Dutchmen would score a couple of minutes later at the 7:56 mark of the second period. Daniel Carr beat Taylor Nelson with a slap shot from the point to give Union a 1-0 lead. Greg Coburn and Jeremy Welsh assisted on the goal.
Ferris State had a couple of chances to tie the game via power-play after the Union goal. Ryan Forgaard was sent to the penalty box for tripping just 21 seconds after the goal. Cole Ikkala was booked for charging at the 15:24 mark. Ferris State would make Union pay for the penalty in the dying seconds of the second power-play on a rebound that got by Troy Grosenick in net. Kyle Bonis picked up the rebound power-play goal. An assist went to Aaron Schmit.
The Union College Dutchmen and the Ferris State Bulldogs are tied, 0-0, after the first period of play in the 2012 Frozen Four from the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
The best scoring chance of the period came to nothing when Ferris State's Cory Kane hit the crossbar a little before the halfway mark of the first period. Otherwise it was a tough defensive battle in the first frame with neither team able to generate many good scoring chances. Neither team was assessed a penalty in the first period.
Troy Grosenick turned away seven shots from the Bulldogs and got help from the crossbar in keeping Kane's shot out. Taylor Nelson stopped all six of Union's first period shot attempts. Union's Wayne Simpson was the only player to generate more than one shot for either side. Simpson had two shots in the first period.
The Union College Flying Dutchmen are ready to take the next step in their quest for a national championship when they take on the Ferris State Bulldogs on Thursday night in Tampa, FL.
A victory over Ferris State means finding a way to solve their stingy defense, which has allowed just two goals in two games thus far in the NCAA Tournament. Taylor Nelson, the Bulldogs goalie, has been sensational for veteran coach Bob Daniels, and the program has already advanced further than ever before in school history.
Union, meanwhile, looks to continue its balanced tournament effort, during which they've outscored their opponents 7-3. It knows it'll take another solid outing to get passed the veteran-laden Bulldog roster, and the Flying Dutchmen will have continue the consistent play that has carried them this far.
Game Time: 4:30 p.m. EST
TV Coverage: ESPNU
The Union College Dutchman have had an incredible season thus far and are two wins away from making it historic.
The Dutchman take on the second-seeded Ferris State Bulldogs who hail from Michigan late on Thursday afternoon.
Union (24-7-7) came into the NCAA Tournament as a top-seed after breezing through the regular season and ECAC Tournament.
The campaign didn't start out great, but the Dutchman really got it rolling as the year progressed. Union went 11-2-1 in its last 14 games before rattling off four straight victories to take the ECAC championship.
They've kept it going in the NCAA Tournament, beating both Michigan State and UMass-Lowell 3-1 and 4-2 respectively to reach the university's first Frozen Four.
Jeremy Welsh will have to continue his hot play for the Dutchman to claim the Mens Ice Hockey Championship. He scored in the victory against UMass, his team-leading 27th of the season.
If they beat Ferris State, Union will await the winner of perennial powers Boston College and Minnesota in the title game.
The semi-finals and championship game of the 2012 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament (The Frozen Four) will be held at Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida on April 5 and April 7.
The Union College Dutchmen will face the Ferris State Bulldogs in one semi-final on April 5 at 4:30 p.m. The Boston College Eagles will play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the other semi-final on April 5 at 8 p.m.
Union got to the semi-final by defeating Michigan State and UMass-Lowell. Ferris State defeated Denver and Cornell to get to the semis. Union has won by outscoring their opponents while Ferris State's defense has propelled them to the Frozen Four.
On the other side of the bracket, Boston College defeated Air Force and Minnesota-Duluth without conceding a goal. Minnesota has allowed five goals in two matches in the tournament but outscored Boston and North Dakota 12-5 in those games.
The Ferris State men's ice hockey team advanced in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night, upsetting Cornell 2-1 behind a third period strike from Jordie Johnston.
The two teams tussled through 40 plus minutes of scoreless hockey before Garrett Thomspon of Ferris State opened the scoring just 11 seconds into the third period on a power play tally.
The Big Red evened the tilt just over a minute later, as Dustin Mawrey slammed home an even strength score to knot the game at one.
But Johnston's goal at 6:54 would prove to be the difference, and goalie Taylor Nelson was sharp for the Bulldogs, stopping 22 of the 23 shots that he faced.
The win pushes Ferris State on to the Frozen Four, where they'll face off against Union on April 5 in Tampa Bay.
The top-seed in the Eastern Regional has advanced, as the Union Dutchmen took down the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 4-2 in second round action of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night.
Josh Jooris tallied a goal and an assist for Union, including a second period score that would prove to be the game-winner.
Daniel Ciampini, Kyle Bodie and Jeremy Walsh each added a tally for the Dutchmen, and Troy Grosenick made 19 saves on 21 attempts.
Matt Ferreira and Terrance Wallin had goals for the Riverhawks, but their efforts proved futile for against the third ranked teaming the country.
With the win, Union advances to the Frozen Four in Tampa Bay, where they will take on the winner of Saturday night's Cornell Vs. Ferris State matchup.
Frozen Four play begins April 5th.
Through two periods of second round play in the East Regional, top-seeded Union leads UMass-Lowell 3-1, behind a late period power play goal to give the Dutchmen a two score pad.
Jeremy Walsh gave Union a two goal lead 7:27 into the second period on an even strength goal assisted by Daniel Carr and Josh Jooris. The River Hawks narrowed the deficit later in the period on a Terrance Wallin score, but Jooris lit the lamp one more time for the Dutchmen later in the period on a power play score.
Union continues to control the pace and tempo of the game, outshooting Union 27-12 through forty minutes of play.
The final period of game play can be seen on ESPNU.
The Union Dutchmen lead the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, 1-0, after one period of action in the two team's first round match-up in the 2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament.
Union nearly surrendered an early lead, but after review, was determined not to be a goal, as a Dutchmen defensemen scooped it up just before crossing the line. Moments later, Daniel Ciampini of scored, giving the Dutchmen a one to nothing lead.
The Dutchmen have out-shot the River Hawks, 17 to six, in the first period. Defenseman, Chad Ruhwedel, leads both teams in shots attempts; He has three.
Union has completely controlled the game, but only has a one-goal lead to show for it.
The remainder of the game can be seen on ESPN U.
The Cornell Big Red resume play in the 2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament on Saturday night during a second-round quarterfinal matchup against the Ferris State Bulldogs.
Cornell upset Michigan 3-2 in the opening round Friday to advance to the regional finals. The Bulldogs lost a late 2-1 lead in the third period, but Rodger Craig responded three minutes and 35 seconds into overtime with the game-winning tally. John McCaron and Joakim Ryan scored Cornell's other two goals.
Ferris State advanced to the regional finals for just the second time in the school's history by defeating Denver 2-1 on Friday. The Bulldogs opened a 2-0 advantage on Simon Dennis' first collegiate goal early in the third period and held on as Taylor Nelson managed 25 saves for the win.
The Union College Dutchmen meet the UMass-Lowell River Hawks Saturday during second round action in the 2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament. (Game Time: 6:30 p.m., TV Schedule: ESPN U, ESPN 3)
Union, the tournament's No. 3 overall seed, advanced to the second round by ousting Michigan St. 3-1 in round one on Friday. Wayne Simpson hit the back of the net with a power-play slap shot with 1:18 remaining to cement Union's win and give the Dutchmen their first ever trip to the regional final.
UMass-Lowell allowed a 3-0 lead to deteriorate on Friday against the Miami Redhawks, but recovered in the overtime period, with Riley Wetmore netting the game-winner 2:13 into the extra session. Wetmore led the way with two goals in UMass-Lowell's first NCAA tournament game since 1996.
The Cornell Big Red defeated the No. 2 seeded Michigan Wolverines on Friday night in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Hockey tournament by a score of 3-2 in overtime. The Big Red will now advance to the second-round quarterfinals where they'll face Ferris State University.
The Big Red headed into the third period with a 2-1 lead over the Wolverines. They looked like they were going to hold on for a 2-1 win, but with four minutes remaining in regulation, the Wolverines tied the game at two goals a piece after a Kevin Lynch score (assists by Luke Moffatt and Mac Bennett). Neither team was able to score for the rest of the third period, forcing the two teams to go to overtime.
Seven minutes into the fourth period, the game was ended by Cornell's Rodger Craig's overtime goal (assists by Greg Miller and Dustin Mowrey). Cornell was able to hold on for the win despite the fact that Michigan out-shot them 33-24. Their second-round game against Ferris State will begin on Saturday, March 24 at 9 p.m. ET.
For more on Cornell's journey through the 2012 NCAA Hockey tournament, follow SB Nation New York's StoryStream.
After the second period of play in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament, the Cornell Big Red lead the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 2-1. The winner of this first-round game will advance to the second-round quarterfinals where they will face Ferris State University to try to make it into the semifinals.
The Cornell Big Red struck early in the second period, breaking the 1-1 tie. At the 40 second mark in the second period Cornell's Joakim Ryan sent the puck past the goalie while the team was short handed and into the net. Sean Collins was officially credited with the assist.
Cornell has just 20 more minutes to hold on to their one-point lead if they want to make it into the next round. However, Michigan, the No. 2 seed in the tournament will do whatever they can in the final period in regulation to take the lead and the win over the Big Red.
For more updates throughout the game and to follow Cornell's journey through the 2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament, follow SB Nation New York's StoryStream.
The Cornell Big Red and the Michigan Wolverines are tied at one goal a piece after the first period of their 2012 NCAA tournament first-round game. The winner of the game will go on to face Ferris State University, who defeated the University of Denver by a score of 2-1, in the second round.
Michigan struck first and took a 1-0 lead early in the game. After just over a minute passed in the game, Luke Glendening sent a puck into the net after receiving assists from A.J. Treais and Phil Di Giuseppe. At the 10:10 minute mark in the first period, Cornell struck back with their own goal. John McCarron evened up the score by sending a puck past the goalie. Sean Collins and Braden Birch were both credited with assists.
For updates throughout the rest of the game, and to follow Cornell's trip through the 2012 NCAA hockey tournament, follow SB Nation New York's StoryStream.
The Union College Dutchmen defeated the Michigan State Spartans, 3-1, on Friday in the First Round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament in Bridgeport, Conn.
The Dutchmen led after the first two periods, 2-1. Both teams had chances in the third period but neither team could find the back of the net until the Dutchmen salted it away with 1:18 to play. Union got the first goal of the game from Max Novak at the 15:09 mark. Jeremy Welsh, who assisted on Novak's goal, scored for Union in the second period.
After the first Union goal, it looked like Michigan State had scored a goal during a scrum near the Dutchmen's crease. The referees did not rule the shot a goal because the net left its moorings, but here's the video of the disputed goal.
Union had a golden opportunity to extend the lead to 3-0 in the second period but missed wide. Michigan State capitalized by scoring in the final minute of the period on Matt Berry's power-play goal.
Union scored the only goal of the third period on a power-play with less than two minutes to go. Wayne Simpson's wrist shot ultimately put the game away.
Troy Grosenick made 20 saves for Union and Will Yanakeff made 29 saves for Michigan State.
Union, the No. 1 seed in the East Regional, will move on to the Second Round on March 24 to play the winner of Miami (OH) vs. UMass-Lowell, at 6:30 p.m. (TV: ESPNU/ESPN3)
The 2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament begins Friday, with half of the 16 teams in action, including the tourney's second and third overall seeds, Michigan and Union. The number one seed overall, Boston College, won't play until Saturday.
Union went 24-7-7 overall in the regular season and 14-4-4 in the ECAC. This represents the second tournament appearance in school history for the Dutchmen, and second consecutive. Their center, Kelly Zajac, was named the Best Defensive Forward in ECAC Hockey.
Michigan State went 19-15-4 overall and 14-11-3-2 in the CCHA. They'll be making their first tournament appearance since 2008. One year prior to their last tournament appearance in 2008, they won the title, in 2007.
What: No. 1 Union Dutchmen vs. No. 4 Michigan State Spartans
Where: Bridgeport, Connecticut
When: 3 PM EST
TV: ESPNU and ESPN3
The 2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament is set to begin on Friday, when eight teams will be in action, including the tourney's second overall seed, the Michigan Wolverines.
Michigan went 24-12-4 overall in the regular season (15-9-4-1 CCHA). This is the 22nd consecutive tournament appearance for the Wolverines, and lead all schools with 35 appearances all time, winning it all nine times. They have not won the title since 1998, however.
On Thursday, the Wolverines will face off against the Cornell Big Red, who own an 18-8-7 overall regular season record. The Big Red did not make a tournament appearance in 2011, but this marks their third appearance in the previous four seasons.
What: No. 1 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 4 Cornell Big Red
Where: Green Bay, Wisconsin
When: 9 PM EST
TV: ESPNU and ESPN3
On Sunday, the NCAA Hockey Tournament released its 16-team field and television schedule during ESPNU's Selection Show, and the Union Dutchmen earned a No. 1 seed in the East Region, while the Cornell Big Red earned a No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region.
According to the TV Schedule, which was released shortly after the brackets, Cornell and Union will both play its first-round contests on Friday night on ESPNU. The Dutchmen will face No. 4-seeded Michigan State at 3 p.m. ET, while the Big Red and No. 1 Michigan Wolverines will face each other in the night cap at 9 p.m. ET.
In between the two match-up will be UMass Lowell against Miami (OH) at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Here's Saturday's first-round TV schedule:
Western Michigan vs. No. 4 North Dakota, 1:30 p.m. on ESPN3
Air Force vs. No. 1 Boston College, 4 p.m. on ESPNU
Boston University vs. Minnesota, 5 p.m. on ESPN3
Maine vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3
Second-round TV schedule:
Union/Michigan State winner vs. Miami/UMass Lowell winner, 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU/ESPN3
Ferris State/Denver winner vs. Cornell/Michigan winner, 9 p.m. on ESPNU/ESPN3
Minnesota/Boston U. winner vs. Western Michigan/North Dakota winner, 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU/ESPN3
Boston College/Air Force winner vs. Minnesota-Duluth/Maine winner, 8 p.m. on ESPNU/ESPN3, 8 p.m.
Here's a complete look at the NCAA Tournament 2012 bracket.
On Sunday, during ESPNU's NCAA Hockey Tournament Selection Show the Union Dutchmen earned a No. 1 seed in the East Region, while the Cornell Big Red's at-large berth got them a No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region.
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