Final Five

Ferris State Takes Broadmoor Trophy With 2-1 Win Over Minnesota State
Freshman goaltender Darren Smith named WCHA Final Five Most Valuable Player

Freshman goaltender Darren Smith stopped 43 of 44 shots on the weekend and was named WCHA Final Five Most Valuable Player

Grand Rapids, Mich. - A 2-1 victory in the WCHA Championship game on Saturday (March 19) night at Van Andel Arena over the Minnesota State Mavericks gave Ferris State men's ice hockey its first ever conference tournament title, claiming the league's Broadmoor Trophy for the 2016 season.

BONUS LINKS: Ferris State Press Conference Video | Minnesota State Press Conference Video

Junior forward Gerald Mayhew continued his playoff career magic by netting the game-winning goal on a penalty shot in the second period. Senior defenseman Brandon Anselmini also scored for Ferris State, while freshman goaltender Darren Smith made 13 saves on 14 shots and earned the WCHA Tournament's Most Valuable Player honors.

The Mavericks were the first team on the board, when senior forward Bryce Gervais scored at 10:33 of the first period on the power play from Brad McClure and Jon Jutzi. McClure laced a shot from the faceoff circle to the right of Smith that Gervais deflected in between Smith's shoulder and the post.

Ferris State evened the score a little over three minutes later at 14:55 of the first when Anselmini netted his second of the year, also on the power play. Junior defenseman Ryan Lowney and sophomore forward Andrew Dorantes both had assists on the tying goal.

Anselmini came to the top of the faceoff circle to the right of Maverick goaltender Cole Huggins and wired a shot over his shoulder to make the score 1-1.

In the second period, a scramble in front of the Minnesota State net yielded a big break for the Bulldogs. Maverick defenseman Carter Foguth closed his hand on the puck in the goal crease, and the officials awarded Ferris State a penalty shot.

After very little deliberation, Head Coach Bob Daniels sent Mayhew to take the shot, where he converted on a nifty move before going top shelf on Huggins.

Minnesota State attempted to push back, but Jaden Schmeisser took a 5 minute penalty and a game misconduct with 5:43 to play, and the Mavericks never recovered.

Ferris State took down both of the 2016 WCHA Regular Season Co-Champions in the Final Five after offing Michigan Tech on Friday (March 18) 1-0.

Three Bulldogs were named to the WCHA All-Tournament team, with Anselmini and Mayhew being joined by senior forward Kenny Babinski. Smith was named tournament MVP for Ferris State as well, allowing just one goal in FSU's last two playoff games.

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2016 WCHA FINAL FIVE RESULTS
Day Date Visiting Team   Home Team   Box Recap
Fri
03/18/16
#3 Bowling Green
1
vs. #2 Minnesota State
2 Box Recap
Fri
03/18/16
#4 Ferris State
1
vs. #1 Michigan Tech
0 Box Recap
Sat
03/19/16
#4 Ferris State
2
vs. #2 Minnesota State
1 Box Recap

About the 2016 WCHA Final Five

College hockey's premier conference tournament – the WCHA Final Five – returns to Grand Rapids, Mich. and the Van Andel Arena® on March 18 and 19, 2016. The four winning teams from the WCHA's best-of-three, quarterfinal round playoff series advance to West Michigan to compete for the prestigious Broadmoor Trophy and an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. Located in the heart of Michigan's second-largest city, the Van Andel Arena was site of the 2014 WCHA Final Five.

In 2015, the WCHA championship game was the only one in college hockey to pit a pair of top-five, nationally ranked teams as No. 2 Minnesota State defeated No. 4 Michigan Tech to win the school's second consecutive Broadmoor Trophy.


About the Van Andel Arena

Van Andel ArenaVan Andel Arena® is the premier entertainment facility in West Michigan. Van Andel Arena and Grand Rapids offer the perfect destination for entertainment, great food, local brews and friendly faces throughout the walkable downtown area.

Since marking its Grand Entrance on October 8, 1996, the 12,000-plus capacity, SMG-managed Van Andel Arena has attracted the biggest names in family shows, concerts and sporting events. Throughout its nineteen years in existence, the community support has been fabulous. Since opening, it has had numerous sell-outs in everything ranging from concerts to family events and major sports, such as Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Eric Church, Eagles, Kevin Hart, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac and Aerosmith. The venue hosts over 150 events a year.

The arena is also home to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins, who won the Calder Cup in 2013. The Griffins were honored by the league for Overall Ticket Sales Growth Award and Digital Media Award for the Western Conference. This marks the second consecutive year in which Grand Rapids has earned the Digital Media Award and the second season overall that it has secured the Overall Ticket Sales Growth Award (2008-09).

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About Grand Rapids, Mich.

Get ready to be wowed - Grand Rapids never fails to surprise visitors with the huge variety of things to see and do here: World-renowned art, museums and historic sites for cultural vacationers. World-class golf, recreation and beaches for nature lovers. Incredible farm-to-table restaurants for foodies and wholesome "playcation" fun for families. It's all topped off by the most vibrant downtown between Chicago and Cleveland - all the benefits of a big city with none of the hassle.

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