Jan. 19, 2013
Big Rapids, Mich -- - Ferris State blew open a tight game with a pair of goals in the third period as the Spartans dropped a 5-2 decision to the Bulldogs and suffered a weekend sweep. Jake Hildebrand allowed a career-high five goals, and finished with 28 saves on the night. CJ Motte made 17 stops for FSU.
"I thought that there were some good things, but as the game went on, FSU had a little extra jump - and playing at home, that's not uncommon to see the home crowd give their team a little lift," said head coach Tom Anastos. "When we make mistakes, it ends up in the back of our net. We have to learn to execute with more regularity, and that's obviously something we'll continue to work on."
The home team wasted little time jumping on the board once the Bulldogs were awarded a power play at 2:48. Kyle Bonis got the man-advantage goal from the right circle, with assists from Garrett Thompson and Travis Ouellette 25 seconds into the power play.
As they did last night, the Spartans countered with an equalizer quickly. Jake Chelios initiated the play from the left point, sending a big shot off the back wall and out to Matt Berry at the right post. Berry collected the puck and backhanded it to Matt DeBlouw at the left hash mark, where he had plenty of open net into which he deposited his sixth goal of the season.
Ferris opened up a 3-1 lead with a pair of goals less than 90 seconds apart midway through the second half. It started with an Eric Alexander marker at 10:26, and Domenic Panetta followed at 11:41, his first score of the season. Ferris outshot the Spartans by a 9-3 margin over the first 10 minutes of the period, but MSU got a chance to get back into the game when Travis White was sent off for hooking when he hauled down Justin Hoomaian as he went to the net.
MSU moved the puck well on the power play, and were rewarded with a man-advantage goal by Lee Reimer at 14:07. Reimer was crashing through the right circle and redirected a pass from captain Greg Wolfe to pull the Spartans within a goal at 14:07. It was the junior's first goal since Nov. 3.
The third period was a dogfight over the first 10 minutes, as both teams brought physical, chippy play and strong efforts to establish possession in their offensive zones. Penalties 90 seconds apart gave the teams 35 seconds of four-on-four action, during which the Bulldogs got a goal from Andy Huff on the doorstep to increase the Ferris State lead to 4-2 at 11:42. The Spartans kept coming, but could get nothing past Motte - Brent Darnell had a great look in front on the power play, and Motte stoned Ferrantino on a late-period flurry to the goalie's right. The Bulldogs extended their lead at 17:08, as Travis Ouellete converted on an odd-man rush, with assists going to Simon Denis and Jason Binkley.
The Spartans finished 1-for-6 on the power play, and killed off three of four chances against.
MSU hosts the US National Team Development Program (U18) on Tuesday in exhibition action, then host Penn State for a weekend set at Munn Ice Arena.