Second-period turnovers and injuries doomed Minnesota Duluth on Saturday afternoon as No. 19-ranked Ferris State rallied for a 6-2 win in the consolation final of the 13th Florida College Classic men’s hockey tournament at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla.
UMD (7-10-3) led 2-1 after one period before Ferris State scored the game’s final five goals, three in the second period. UMD also lost defensemen Drew Olson and Andy Welinski with injuries, while defenseman Derik Johnson received a game disqualification for a hit to the head with five minutes to play.
Ferris State (8-8-3) of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association broke a four-game losing streak, while UMD matched its most one-sided defeated of the season and matched its loss total from last season.
“We beat ourselves and lost the game in the second period with turnovers. That was the turning point,” UMD coach Scott Sandelin said by phone. “We didn’t make good decisions with the puck and we didn’t finish that period well (allowing two goals in the final minute). If we had gotten out of the period tied 2-2, it would’ve been a much better situation.”
UMD fell behind 1-0 just seven minutes into the game, then scored twice in 30 seconds for a 2-1 lead after one period.
Winger Adam Krause tipped in a Wade Bergman drive with 3:33 left in the opening period and Caleb Herbert, moved to center, connected from the top of the circle on a power play with 3:03 remaining.
Krause’s goal, the second of his career, broke a UMD scoreless streak of 86 minutes, 45 seconds spanning three games. Maine beat UMD 1-0 Friday.
In the second period, Ferris State’s Cary Kane scored shorthanded at 4:58 before Eric Alexander and Brandon Anselmini connected 22 seconds apart in the final 44 seconds to regain the lead.
“You can’t have a great period and then a bad period, but that’s what we’ve been doing. That’s the story of our season,” said Krause, a sophomore winger from Hermantown, said by phone. “Turnovers this season have been costly. They seem to end up in our net almost every time. We need more consistency.”
Olson was injured in the first period, while Welinski was hurt in the third. That required moving Krause to defense, paired with Bergman. Following Johnson’s major penalty, Ferris State put the game away with power-play goals 2:21 apart.
UMD starting goalie Matt McNeely was replaced after two periods by Aaron Crandall. Ferris State freshman Charles Williams made 23 saves for a victory in his first collegiate start. Ferris State led 26-25 in shots on goal.
The win was the first in the series for Ferris State, which entered the game 0-4-1 lifetime against UMD, with all five games at the DECC, the most recent on Oct. 13-14, 1995.
UMD is off until home games against Michigan Tech on Jan. 11-12.
Maine defeated Cornell University 6-4 to win a second straight Florida College Classic title.
Minnesota Duluth……………. 2-0-0—2
Ferris State……………………. 1-3-2—6
First period —1. Justin Buzzeo 3 (Dom Panetta), 7:08; 2. UMD, Adam Krause 2 (Wade Bergman, Charlie Sampair), 16:27; 3. UMD, Caleb Herbert 4 (Joe Basarba, Drew Olson), 16:57 (pp). Penalties —Eric Anderson, Ferris State (hooking), 4:26; Caleb Herbert, UMD (tripping), 8:27; Travis Ouellette, Ferris State (hooking), 16:43.
Second period — 4. Ferris State, Cory Kane 5 (Simon Denis), 4:58 (sh); 5. Ferris State, Eric Alexander 4 (Andy Huff), 19:16; 6. Ferris State, Brandon Anselmini 3, 19:38. Penalties — Justin DeMartino, Ferris State (holding), 4:02; Mike Seidel, UMD (slashing), 20:00; Scott Czarnowczan, Ferris State (slashing), 20:00.
Third period — 7. Ferris State, Kyle Bonis 9 (Czarnowczan), 15:48 (pp); 8. Ferris State, Justin DeMartino 4 (Andy Huff, Kenny Babinski), 18:09 (pp). Penalties — Andy Huff, Ferris State (tripping), 2:29; Dakota Klecha, Ferris State (tripping), 5:10; Alexander, Ferris State (10-minute misconduct), 8:24; Seidel, UMD (slashing), 8:51; Derik Johnson, UMD (5-minute contact to head major, 10-minute game misconduct, roughing), 15:14; Anselmini, Ferris State (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:14.
Shots on goal — UMD 13-7-5—25, Ferris State 12-8-6—26. Goalies — Matt McNeely (5-6-1), UMD (20 shots-16 saves); Aaron Crandall, UMD (6 shots-4 saves); Charles Williams (1-0), Ferris State (25 shots-23 saves). Power plays — UMD 1-of-5, Ferris State 2-of-5. Referees — Kevin Graber, Scott Whittemore. Linesmen — Andy Petrus, Todd Whittemore.