Dec. 14, 2013
EAST LANSING - No. 4 Ferris State limited Michigan State to a season-low 16 shots on goal and kept its unbeaten streak alive, downing the Spartans, 2-0, on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game. Chad McDonald and Justin Buzzeo scored for the Bulldogs, who are now 14-2-3 on the year and unbeaten in their last 15 games.
"It was a really tough game to play, obviously," said Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos. "There wasn't a lot of room out there, but I thought our guys played really hard. We made a couple big mistakes and they ended up in our net and we weren't able to create anything to change the momentum, offensively."
Michigan State (5-9-1) had six power-play opportunities in the game, including a 5-on-3 for 59 seconds in the second period, but couldn't solve Ferris State goaltender C.J. Motte, who finished with 16 saves for the shutout.
"We weren't able to get much going on the power play," said Anastos. "Ferris is a good penalty-killing team, but we weren't able to create many opportunities."
Ferris State made it 1-0 with 10:39 to play in the first period when it capitalized on a turnover in the Spartan zone. Playing without a stick, Spartan defenseman Brock Krygier attempted to kick the puck to a teammate, but FSU's Kenny Babinski got a piece of the puck, tipping it toward McDonald. Alone in front of the net, McDonald collected the puck and beat Spartan goaltender Jake Hildebrand with a rising shot.
The Spartans had three consecutive unsuccessful power plays following the Bulldog goal and then a five-minute boarding major to Matt DeBlouw gave Ferris State its first opportunity on the man-advantage early in the second period. The Bulldogs struck 2:15 into the penalty as Buzzeo tapped in a pass from Gerald Mayhew. Ryan Lowney kept the puck in the zone along the right side and got it to Mayhew, just below the dot on the right side. Mayhew threw the puck across to Buzzeo, who directed it into the net.
MSU created its best scoring chances in the third period, but Motte was equal to the task each time, stopping all seven shots in the frame.
The Spartans will be off until Dec. 27 when they take on Michigan Tech in the Great Lakes Invitational at Comerica Park in Detroit. The two teams will meet at 3:30 p.m. with the winner advancing the championship game the following day.
Notes: Former MSU head coach and athletic director Ron Mason was recognized prior to Saturday's game for his recent induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ... There will not be a Tom Anastos Radio show this week; it will return in early January.