Ferris State junior left-wing Garrett Thompson led the Bulldogs to victory with hat trick, scoring all three Bulldog goals. It was the first hat trick to be scored against Michigan State since February 2011.
The first period of the game was even in shots at 7-all, and even in score at 0-0. However, Ferris State began to connect in the second period.
Shots favored Ferris State 16-7 in the second period and the increased offense paid off for them. The Bulldogs Garrett Thompson scored his first 2 goals in the second period. The first came on the man advantage – Ferris State’s only power play of the night – and the second came on a break away.
The Spartans came into the third period with a lot of energy, looking to catch up, but in the end just couldn’t connect. Michigan State had a 9-8 shot advantage in the third period and their only power play chance of the game, yet their chances were unsuccessful and the period ended with Thompson scoring an empty net goal to finish his hat trick.
The game was Michigan State freshmen goalie Jake Hildebrand‘s 11th consecutive start in net. He had 28 saves and a .933% save percentage on the night.
Bulldog sophomore net-minder C.J. Motte earned the shut out for Ferris State.