Arizona State to face Robert Morris (IL) in Tuesday's National Championship2014-03-11
A thrilling overtime win pushed Robert Morris (IL) past Oklahoma while Arizona State needed two third period goals to comeback to beat Stony Brook in Monday's National Semifinals.
Nick Ernst was Johnny on the spot for Robert Morris (IL) as his overtime goal put the Eagles past Oklahoma and into the National Championship game on Tuesday night.
Ernst scored his second of the night at 4:35 of the first overtime period on a feed from Christopher Cimoch. The goal capped a back-and-forth affair that saw Ernst and Cimoch record tallies to put RMU ahead halfway through the contest before Oklahoma stormed back.
Tyler Jones struck first, cutting the RMU lead to just one on a goal with helpers from Darrell Boldon and Ryan Stouffer. Stouffer would join the action in the third period, scoring to tie with just under 10 minutes to play in the contest.
Jones’ goal broke Anthony Petrak’s shutout streak at 156:32, an impressive run that was nearly extended to 160:00 before Jones put the Sooners on the board. It proved to be a pivotal goal as giving Petrak a 2-0 lead entering the final frame would have made Oklahoma’s task very difficult.
Petrak made 40 saves on the night, bringing his tournament total to 86 on 88 shots (.977 SV%). His counterpart, Nick Holmes wasn’t tested as often but stayed sharp, turning away 25 of 28 RMU opportunities.
Petrak has helped elevate RMU to the National Championship game on Tuesday night where the Eagles will face Arizona State at 7:00 pm.
Arizona State 4 – Stony Brook 3
Stony Brook proved to be a difficult out for Arizona State as the Seawolves carried a 3-2 advantage into the final period of play against the nation’s top team.
The teams traded goals with ASU’s Danny McAuliffe and Ryan Ostertag sandwiching a goal by Stony Brook’s Wes Hawkins through the first 35 minutes of the game. However, JT Hall and Vincent Lopes scored twice in the final 2:39 of the second period to swing momentum back in Stony Brook’s favor.
Despite falling behind so late in the second period – Lopes’ goal came with just 16 seconds on the clock – it took ASU only five minutes to tie the contest off the stick of Faiz Khan. Dave Jantzie would score the game winning goal 10 minutes later elevating the Sun Devils to Tuesday’s National Championship game.
Like their title game foes, ASU hadn’t allowed a goal through their first two contests of the Tournament and Robert Levin held a nearly identical shutout streak (157:21) as RMU’s Anthony Petrak (156:32) as well as an equally impressive save percentage (.956) although Levin has been tested slightly less than Petrak.
Tuesday’s final will be a showdown of two of the best goaltenders in the tournament. Both saw their shots surpass 30 for the first time on Monday night and they’ll see a similar number of shots on Tuesday as the nation’s #1 and #3 teams faceoff to determine the 2014 National Champion.