Apr 5, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Ferris State right wing Aaron Schmit (5) reacts with teammates after he scored a goal against the Union College in the third period during the semifinals of the 2012 Frozen Four at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Ferris State defeated the Union College 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Frozen Four 2012: Ferris State Bulldogs Outlast Union Dutchmen, Advance To Title Game With 3-1 Win

The Ferris State Bulldogs punched their ticket to the national title game with a 3-1 win over the Union College Dutchmen. The defensive affair was broken up by two Bulldogs goals late in the third period.

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Frozen Four 2012 Results: Ferris State Bulldogs Advance To Title Game With 3-1 Win Over Union College

As we expected in the two-week-long run-up to this Frozen Four, Thursday's national semifinal between the Union College Dutchmen and the Ferris State Bulldogs was a mostly defensive affair. Both teams battled for chances all game long, and ultimately, it was an uncharacteristic rebound off the leg of Union goaltender Troy Grosenick that gave Ferris State a 2-1 lead en route to a 3-1 victory.

Kyle Bonis backhanded the juicy bounce into the back of the net before Grosenick could get across the crease to make the stop. Bonis' second goal of the game and 20th of the season turned out to be the game-winner, and with 54.8 seconds remaining, Aaron Schmit put home an empty-netter to seal the deal.

Grosenick, solid all game, was perhaps the best player for the Dutchmen. He saved Union's bacon at least once in the third on a Schmit breakaway, but midway through that period, the Bulldogs used a few strong shifts in a row to pin the Dutchmen in their own zone while generating momentum that led to the winning goal.

Union College opened the scoring in the second period when a Greg Coburn point shot was deflected by forward Daniel Carr and past Bulldogs goalie Taylor Nelson. About nine minutes later, Ferris State picked up a power play after Cole Ikkala was called for charging. On the ensusing power play, the Bulldogs evened the score on Bonis' first goal of the game.

Through two periods, Union had controlled the play for much of the game. They seemed the stronger team, creating more chances and winning in the neutral zone more often than not. Things evened out a bit in the third period and ultimately turned Ferris State's way late in the period as Union couldn't get the puck up the ice, floundering under pressure from the Bulldogs. Following the tie-breaking goal, the Dutchmen seemed poised to tie the game yet again, hitting the post at least once in a several-minute-long flurry fueled by several key face off wins.

But in holding off the final Union charge, the Ferris State Bulldogs punched their ticket to the national title game on Saturday night. They'll face either Minnesota or Boston College.

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Frozen Four 2012, Union Vs. Ferris State: Dutchmen Control Second Period Pace, But Score Tied 1-1

Union College controlled most of the second period action against Ferris State in their national semifinal at the 2012 Frozen Four, but after a goal in the first half of the period, the Dutchmen were unable to hold the lead. The teams enter the second intermission tied at 1-1.

Daniel Carr opened the scoring 7:56 into the second period to give the Union College Dutchmen a 1-0 lead. Defenseman Greg Coburn's blast from the point was deflected in the slot by Carr and snuck over the shoulder of Ferris State Bulldogs goaltender Taylor Nelson to break the scoreless deadlock.

The deflection was particularly impressive as Carr was positioned down on one knee with a defender on his back. Carr was somehow able to get his stick on the puck, just enough to fool Nelson.

Immediately following the goal, though, the Dutchmen failed to grab any momentum thanks to a careless tripping penalty on Ryan Forgaard. Ferris failed to capitalize on the man advantage, but they picked up another power play late in the period.

Cole Ikkala's charging infraction wasn't necessarily a bad penalty, as it negated a Bulldogs scoring chance, but on the ensuing power play, a Kyle Bonis shot found the back of the net behind Union goalie Troy Grosenick. The goal was originally awarded to Aaron Schmit, who won a positional battle in front of the net, but was changed to Bonis late in the period. We doubt the Bulldogs care all that much.

Stick right here for full coverage of the national semifinal between Ferris State and Union College. For coverage of the other national semifinal between Boston College and Minnesota, as well as complete coverage of the entire NCAA men's ice hockey tournament, check out our 2012 Frozen Four StoryStream.

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Frozen Four 2012, Ferris State Vs. Union Score: As Expected, Defense Dominates First Period

We expected defense to be the determining factor of this Frozen Four matchup between the Ferris State Bulldogs and Union College Dutchmen, and that's exactly what we got in first period from Tampa, Fla. The teams combined for just 13 shots in the first 20 minutes of action. Goaltender Troy Grosenick made seven saves for the Dutchmen, matched by six saves from Bulldogs goaltender Taylor Nelson.

The game opened up a bit late in the period as each team picked up a few scoring chances, but that's all relative in this one. Both blue lines have clamped down on the opposing attack, and aside from one chance that went off the post behind Grosenick, no team has seriously threatened the net. Replay showed that even that one chance probably would have been waived off as it was deflected off of a high stick in the slot.

Stick right here for full coverage of the national semifinal between Ferris State and Union College. For coverage of the other national semifinal between Boston College and Minnesota, as well as complete coverage of the entire NCAA men's ice hockey tournament, check out our 2012 Frozen Four StoryStream.

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Frozen Four 2012 Preview: Union Vs. Ferris State Showdown Will Hinge On Defense

It's easy to look at the two Frozen Four 2012 semifinal matchups and think one is better than the other.

One semifinal features two of the biggest names in college hockey, Boston College and Minnesota, with nine national titles between them. The other features two teams with zero national titles and zero NHL draft picks, and it's been pushed off to one of the many teritary arms of the ESPN broadcast empire as a result.

But those who scoff at the lack of name recognition between the Union College Dutchmen and Ferris State Bulldogs are missing out on a defensive battle between two teams that won regular season titles in their respective conferences. This is not a flukey by-product of the single-elimination format: Both teams have lost a combined total of five games in 2012, and both squads are serious contenders to take home their first national championship.

No. 3 Ferris State Bulldogs vs. No. 1 Union College Dutchmen
Thursday, April 5, 4:30 p.m. ET | TV: ESPNU
Tampa Bay Times Forum, St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Road to Tampa for both Union and Ferris State mirror one another quite a bit, and it's all thanks to solid goaltending. Dutchmen goalie Troy Grosenick was a Hobey Baker Award finalist with a 1.64 goals against average, and Bulldogs netminder Taylor Nelson was a first-team All-CCHA selection. Perched behind two top-five defenses, it's no surprise that only Massachusetts-Lowell were able to put more than a goal by these two teams in the regional round of the tournament.

Offensively, however, the two teams take different routes to get goals. The Bulldogs don't score as often as Union, averaging .62 fewer goals per game, but they're able to utilize their depth well. Senior Jordie Johnston leads the CCHA regular season champs with 20 goals, and Ferris State has the ability to get goals from throughout the lineup.

Jeremy Welsh, who scored 27 goals for Union this year, leads the ECAC champs along with Kelly Zajac, the brother of New Jersey Devils' forward Travis. Welsh has a five-game goal scoring streak going and leads a dangerous top line that the Bulldogs will need to stop. They were able to stop Denver's potent top line, so it will be interesting to see if Ferris State can repeat the performance.

In the end, this game will come down to defense. Whether it's the team with a hotter goaltender or Ferris State's elite PK going against the Dutchmen's top-5 power play (at 24.8%), whoever advances to the national championship will have relied on their bread and butter. The Bulldogs need to get a team effort to win another low-scoring game and stop Union's offense but they'll have to contend with a tough defense and top goalie.

For more on the 2012 Frozen Four and full coverage of the entire NCAA hockey tournament, stick with our StoryStream.

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