Bowling Green and Michigan Tech remained tied for second place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Saturday night, thanks to Ferris State’s 3-2 loss at home to Northern Michigan.
Ferris had a chance to tie the Falcons and Michigan Tech for second with a tie or pass them with a victory after posting a 5-1 win over Northern Friday in the series opener.
Minnesota State leads the WCHA with 33 points, followed by BG and Michigan Tech with 29, Ferris with 28 and Northern with 24.
But the Falcons, Michigan Tech and Northern all have played two fewer games than Minnesota State and Ferris.
That gives BG and Michigan Tech a chance to tie Minnesota State for the league lead during the final three weekends of the regular season.
Minnesota State had a chance to extend its margin to six points, but settled for two ties at last-place Alabama-Huntsville.
The teams played a 3-3 tie Friday and a 1-1 tie Saturday. Alabama-Huntsville scored a short-handed goal with just 1:03 remaining to earn Saturday’s tie in a game it was outshot by a 50-20 margin.
Bowling Green was idle Saturday after losing a 4-1 nonleague decision Friday at home to Miami.
WHAT’S LEFT: BG’s remaining games are at Alaska (Fairbanks) this weekend, at home against Ferris Feb. 26-27 and at Alabama-Huntsville March 4-5.
Minnesota State is off this weekend, visits Alaska-Anchorage Feb. 26-27 and hosts Bemidji State March 4-5.
Michigan Tech is at Bemidji this weekend, hosts Alaska (Fairbanks) Feb. 26-27 and faces Northern in a home-and-home series March 4-5. The teams play at Tech March 4 and Northern March 5.
In addition to the series at BG Feb. 26-27, Ferris hosts Lake Superior March 4-5. The Bulldogs also visit Michigan in a nonleague game Friday.
In addition to the home-and-home series against Michigan Tech March 4-5, Northern hosts Alabama-Huntsville this weekend and visits Lake Superior Feb. 26-27.