Michigan State 4, Bowling Green 3
DETROIT (AP) _ Steve Guolla scored on a breakaway with 5:01 left in overtime Saturday to give Michigan State a 4-3 victory over Bowling Green and a berth in the CCHA championship game.
The Spartans, who finished third during the regular season, will play Lake Superior, which tied for fourth, in Sunday’s title game. The Lakers reached the final with a 5-4 overtime win over regular-season champion Michigan in Saturday’s other semifinal.
Bowling Green carried the play for most of the overtime, outshooting the Spartans 8-3. The winning goal was set up by Tony Tuzzolino, who made a perfect pass that put Guolla in the clear. Guolla faked goalie Will Clarke, then poked the puck between his pads.
Brian Holzinger sent the game into overtime with 3:33 left in the third period when he deflected Kelly Perrault’s slap shot from the point past Michigan State goalie Mike Buzak.
The Falcons had applied heavy pressure through most of the third period, but Buzak made several excellent saves to preserve the Spartans’ 3-2 lead.
Michigan State took a 3-0 lead but Bowling Green came back on second-period goals by Mike Hall and Kevin Lune to cut the margin to one goal going into the third period.
Hall made it 3-1 on a breakaway at 9:45. Jason Clark blocked Ryan Fleming’s shot and Hall picked up the loose puck and skated in alone.
Lune scored at 15:12, backhanding Matt Eldred’s rebound past a fallen Buzak.
The Spartans’ Rem Murray opened the scoring at 2:55 of the first period when he jammed Dean Sylvester’s rebound into the net. Sylvester made it 2-0 at 12:09 of the first period on a deflection of Mike Watt’s shot.
Michigan State increased its lead to 3-0 at 5:26 of the second period. Richard Keyes beat Clarke to the puck at the faceoff circle and put it into an empty net.