East Lansing, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team fell in non-league action in overtime by the final score of 3-2 to the Michigan State Spartans at Munn Ice Arena on Friday (Nov. 17) night as the two squads opened a weekend home-and-home series.
The Bulldogs trailed by two in the second but scored twice, dominating the last 29 minutes of regulation with a 24-7 edge in shots in that span.
Michigan State's Mitch Lewandowski scored twice to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead, first at 3:17 from Carson Gatt, and later at 9:15 from Taro Hirose as the Spartans played with the scoring advantage.
Ferris State senior forward Mitch Maloney scored in his fifth consecutive game to pull the Bulldogs within a goal at 19:34 of the second period. The goal went unassisted for his eighth goal of the year, rushing down the left wing wall and picking the top right corner.
FSU junior defenseman Ryker Killins then scored his third of the year on a wrist-shot through traffic to tie the game at 15:36 of the third period from sophomore defenseman Nate Kallen (3) and junior forward Corey Mackin (9).
Despite charging back into the game, the Spartans won the game at 3:47 of overtime on a goal by Hirose, from Patrick Khodorenko and Lewandowski from the bottom of the left face-off circle.
The Bulldogs went 0-2 on the man advantage while the Spartans were held 0-1. For the night, Ferris State was outshot 34-29 for the game.
In goal, junior goaltender Darren Smith made 31 saves, but was charged with the loss for Ferris State.
The Bulldogs and Spartans wrap up the weekend series on Saturday (Nov. 18) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena. It will be Teddy Bear Toss Night and the Salvation Army "Red Kettle Kickoff" in Big Rapids. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. (ET).