Midway through the 1st period Ferris State connected on a goal off the stick of junior forward Cory Kane. Jake Hildebrand thought he had smothered it but it snuck through his pads. Bulldog sophomore defensemen Jason Binkley on the assist.
Despite not scoring first, Michigan State was quick to answer with a tying goal from Ryan Keller. It was Keller’s first collegiate goal, with Michigan State leading-scorer Matt Berry and freshman forward Justin Hoomaian on the assists. Despite many blocked shots by the Spartans, the first period ended with shots heavily in favor of Ferris State 19-8.
Ferris state out shot the Spartans in the 2nd period 11-8, but the score remained at 1-1.
Bulldog senior forward Travis Ouellette beat Hildebrand early in the 3rd period with a one-timer, putting Ferris State up 2-1 on the Spartans.
Despite the early period goal, the Spartans played their strongest period of the night, out shooting the Bulldogs 12-5 with plenty of good chances. However there were no last second heroics and the game ended 2-1 in favor of Ferris State.
Both teams went 0/3 on the power-play.
Hildebrand had an impressive 33 saves on the night and now has gone 14 of his last 16 games allowing just 2 goals or less.
In other news, Munn ice arena recorded its seventh straight home game with over 6,000 fans in attendance. Even with the rebuilding season it seems that Spartan fans cannot resist the allure of their hockey team.
Michigan State heads into Bulldog territory tomorrow as they head to the second game of the series at Ferris State.