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Two turnovers prove costly for NMU hockey team in final 34 seconds of season

March 7, 2011
By MATT WELLENS Journal Sports Editor

MARQUETTE - In a further analysis of the game footage posted on YouTube by the BGSU athletic's sports information department, the final 34 seconds of the Wildcats' 2010-11 season consisted of a lost face off, two turnovers in their own zone and a great play by the opposition to find the back of the net.

The second overtime started with senior Jared Brown losing the opening face off, Bowling Green taking the puck back into it's own zone before dumping the puck across the blue line into the NMU zone.

NMU freshman defenseman C.J. Ludwig initially beat BGSU to the puck, but turned it back over to the Falcons in the NMU zone. Ludwig and freshman defensman Wade Epp won a battle along the board and slipped the puck out to junior Andrew Cherniwchan, but he too turned the puck over in the NMU zone with the help of Brown after the pair's sticks got tangled up.

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"They hung around and we turned the puck over in overtime. We had a guy turn it over and they took advantage of it," NMU head coach Walt Kyle said.

The second turnover proved to be the most costly as the Falcons' Jordan Samuels-Thomas sent the puck back out to the point where Jake Sloat fired in in the direction of NMU junior goaltender Reid Ellingson. The 'Cats keeper slid to his right and went down in the butterfly to stop the puck should it get through, or make a play on a deflection.

BGSU's Bryce Williamson didn't deflect the puck, however. He stopped the shot, got around Epp and as Ellingson went one way, Williamson went another. Epp tried to dive back at Williamson while Cherniwchan tried to make a kick save of his own with Ellingson out of position, but neither was successful.

Williamson buried the game-winner with Ellingson, Epp and Cherniwchan all lying on the ice and BGSU celebrated the upset.

"You never know when it's going to happen," Kyle said. "One play can determine a game. You turn the puck over at the wrong time and that's what it is."

The tape confirmed exactly what Ellingson saw unfold in front of him on Sunday night. In the end, it was a great play by Williamson, he said.

"I'm not sure how it got to the point, but the guy got it through onto the guy's tape and he stopped it instead of deflecting it," Ellingson said. "He just kind of walked to the middle and put it in the net.

"I slid a little bit to the right and he just kind of walked around and put it in."



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