One shot, two precious points for the UAA hockey team.
Jonah Renouf scored one minute into the second overtime period Saturday night at Sullivan Arena, a goal that didn’t earn the Seawolves a win – the game goes down as a 1-1 tie – but did earn them two points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.
UAA and Ferris State were tied 1-1 after regulation and neither managed to score during the 5-on-5 overtime period, meaning each team picked up one WCHA point for the tie. Renouf’s goal during the 3-on-3 overtime period was worth an additional point for the Seawolves, who would have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention with a loss.
The WCHA’s top eight teams goes to the playoffs. UAA (3-24-3 overall, 2-19-3 WCHA) and Ferris State (8-21-3, 5-16-3) are the league’s 10th- and ninth-place teams, respectively. Ferris State won Friday’s game at Sullivan Arena, 2-1.
The Seawolves grabbed 1-0 lead four minutes into the game on Nicolas Erb-Ekholm’s unassisted goal. Erb-Ekholm forced a turnover in front of the Ferris State goal to set up his fifth goal of the season.
Ferris State tied the game about two minutes later.
The game stayed deadlocked through the rest of regulation and the first overtime. Renouf ended things when his shot, coming off an assist by Tomi Hiekkavirta, got past Ferris State goalie Roni Salmenkangas.
Kris Carlson made 25 saves for UAA, which outshot Ferris State 27-26. Salmenkangas stopped 25 shots for the Bulldogs.
UAA was 0 for 4 on the power play; Ferris State was 0 for 2.
The Seawolves head to Michigan Tech this week for their final road trip of the regular season.