It was a strange finish at Wings West Sunday in ACHA division I hockey with 18th-ranked Colorado State winning in the shootout over the Western Michigan Stallions 4-3. Although the Rams were properly awarded the win in the end, the game was awarded initially to WMU.
According to ACHA rules, “officials will request a list of three shooters from each coach. If the shootout remains tied at the end of this round, each coach will select a different shooter, this time in a sudden-death situation.”
Both teams scored in the first round of the shootout (Alexander Neitenbach for CSU, Wyatt Ford for WMU). Then, both shooters were denied in round two. The third round saw CSU’s William Neff score, followed by save against Corey Siwula, which should have ended the shootout in favor of the Rams.
However, the officials continued into a fourth round, where Niko Michos evened it at 2-2 for the Stallions. Both teams scored again in the sixth round and it stayed 3-3 until Adam Beuthin ended it in the 11th-round in favor of Western Michigan, seemingly giving them the win. But after a protest, the win was awarded to Colorado State 30 minutes after the game’s conclusion. Ultimately for the purposes of the ACHA’s computer rankings, the game goes down as a tie anyhow. But it was an odd twist to an entertaining contest.
The Rams had the game’s first goal from Nicholas O’Donnell with 13:53 remaining in the first period. 43 seconds later, Zach Mudge tied the game up for the Stallions. Only 33 seconds after that, Austin Ansay put the Rams back ahead and they held a 2-1 lead until the 8:11 mark of the second period, with a Danny Matrosic score extended the lead to 3-1.
The Stallions got some momentum back before the end of the second with 34 seconds left as Michos scored from the blue line on a powerplay for a 3-2 score into the second break. It was Devin Farkas scoring with 9:11 in the third that tied the game at 3-3, which it stayed at through the rest of regulation and after five minutes of overtime.
With the shootout win (eventually), Colorado State improves to 11-2-0-3 on the season while Western Michigan falls to 11-11-1-1, their first shootout loss of the year. The Rams return home for a game Thursday with #13 Oklahoma, followed by #7 Central Oklahoma on Friday and Saturday. For the Stallions, they’ve got three GLCHL games ahead next weekend. Friday, they host #25 Indiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. from Wings Stadium. Saturday, they meet Indiana Tech again, this time at 8 p.m. at Wings West. Then Sunday, they travel to #5 Davenport at 8:05 p.m. You can listen to both games between WMU and Indiana Tech next week on the Slocum Sports Network.
You can listen back to WMU vs CSU below: