Hockey Downs Western Ontario, 4-1, In Exhibition Game
Oct. 9, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State hockey team began the 2013-14 season on Wednesday night with a 4-1 exhibition victory over Western Ontario at Munn Ice Arena. Sophomore Michael Ferrantino scored one of three third-period MSU goals, and assisted on another.
The Spartans controlled the play for the majority of the game, outshooting the Mustangs, 47-21, overall and by a count of 18-5 in the third period.
"I think we showed a better aptitude for thinking about creating offense," said MSU head coach Tom Anastos. "We had some nice puck possession and puck movement tonight, but I thought we turned away some shots, too."
The Spartans grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period when freshman Villiam Haag redirected a shot by RJ Boyd from the left point. Matt DeBlouw started the play when his shot sailed wide of the net from the right side. Boyd collected it at the point and Haag was in perfect position in front of the net to redirect the shot, giving MSU an early 1-0 lead.
Sophomore goaltender Jake Hildebrand made 20 saves in the game, including two huge stops in a 1:13 span of the second period. The first save came on a breakaway and the next on a Mustang power play, to keep it a 1-0 game.
The Spartans wasted little time in adding to their lead in the third period as Dean Chelios scored on a wrist shot from just inside the right circle at the 44-second mark. Both Greg Wolfe and Boyd picked up assists on the goal.
Ferrantino made it 3-0 when he scored on a penalty shot at the 6:17 mark. Ferrantino was hauled down on a breakaway to draw the penalty shot, where he easily beat Western Ontario goaltender Marc Nother by slipping the puck between his pads.
Western Ontario broke Hildebrand's bid for a shutout with just over 10 minutes to play in the third period. The Mustangs' Steve Reese took a pass just below the goal line and walked out front from Hildebrand's left where he slid the puck by the diving goaltender.
Freshman Joe Cox capped the scoring at the 14:25 mark when he teamed up with Ferrantino on a shorthanded rush. Ferrantino patiently held the puck on the two-on-one before hitting Cox with a pass on the doorstep of the crease.
"I think Michael played a very good game," said Anastos. "He worked very hard this offseason on his skating and his strength and I thought it showed tonight. I thought he made some really nice plays and played a good game."
The Spartans will be off this weekend before playing their first regular-season games of the year Oct. 18-19 at Massachusetts. The Spartans and Minutemen will meet in a two-game set beginning Friday, Oct. 18 in Amherst, Mass.
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