MEN'S HOCKEY: Ferris State tops Colgate
Now, Colgate knows why.
Motte, a junior goaltender for Ferris State, stopped all 35 shots he faced in leading the Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory over Colgate in a first-round game at the NCAA Midwest Regional at U.S. Bank Arena.
Gerald Mayhew scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs at 10:01 of the first period, batting a puck out of mid-air for a power-play goal. That stood up as the winner in large part because of Motte.
Motte made 14 saves in the first, 10 in the second and 11 in the third to help the second-seeded Bulldogs to a 29-10-3 record.
Ferris State will have a chance to reach its second Frozen Four in three years today when it plays in the regional championship at 5:30 p .m.
“The game unfolded pretty much how we anticipated in a sense that we thought it would be an evenly played game, one-goal game where goaltending would come into play,” Ferris State coach Bob Daniels said. “The goaltenders of both teams played exceedingly well. We’re proud of what C.J. accomplished tonight. Teams were evenly matched. It was not a surprise that it came to a one-goal difference tonight.”
Colgate’s season ended with a 20-14-5 record.
“I thought they played really well,” Colgate coach Don Vaughn said of the Bulldogs. “They played really hard. They played their game. They did a great job defending the lead once they got it. Congrats to them.
“I was really happy with our effort. I thought, as the game went on, we got stronger. They did a great job playing desperate in the end. They blocked a lot of shots. They were in shooting lanes all night long. Our effort was there. We have a young team that I thought played a little beyond our years tonight.”