The Bulldogs didn’t waste much time getting on the board after they were awarded the man-advantage early in the 1st period. Ferris State leading goal-scorer Kyle Bonis was credited with the power play goal, with assists coming from Ferris State’s point-leader Garrett Thompson and senior forward Travis Ouellette.
Just like in the previous nights game, the Spartans answered quickly with an equalizing goal. Freshman Matt Deblouw found the back of the net, with assists coming from the Spartans leading-scorer Matt Berry and junior defensemen Jake Chelios.
Ferris State got another hot start in the 2nd period which resulted in a 3-1 lead for the Bulldogs after a pair of goals. Both goals came at even strength, the first off the stick of senior forward Eric Alexander, and the second off the stick of sophomore forward Dom Panetta.
This time the Spartans answered with a power play goal. Junior forward Lee Reimer bulged the twine on the man-advantage after redirecting a pass from captain Greg Wolfe, bringing the Spartans to within one.
However the Spartan comeback was not to be. Ferris State opened third period scoring with a goal from Andy Ruff during four-on-four play. The Spartans played well physically in the 3rd and had some good chances, but still couldn’t get anything past Ferris State sophomore net-minder CJ Motte. The Bulldogs finished off scoring by extending their lead to 5-2 with a goal from Travis Ouellete on the odd-man rush.
The Bulldogs out shot the Spartans 33-19 over three periods.
Both teams converted once on the power play, Michigan state with 6 chances and Ferris State with 4.
Freshmen goaltender Jake Hildebrand made 28 stops for the Spartans but allowed a career-high five goals. Ferris State’s CJ Motte made 17 saves for the Bulldogs.
Michigan State will take on the U.S. Development Program this Tuesday at Munn Ice Arena.