Ferris State Drops Close Showdown Against Michigan State Before Sellout Home Crowd

Ferris State Drops Close Showdown Against Michigan State Before Sellout Home Crowd

Postgame Highlights 
Postgame Press Conference

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's hockey team fell in their non-conference schedule finale 3-1 at home in front of a sold out crowd of 2,490 against the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday (Nov. 18) night at the Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Ferris State captain and junior forward Corey Mackin broke a goal scoring slump with his second goal of the season to pull the Bulldogs within a goal late, but it was not enough.

The Spartans struck first at 14:08 of the opening period when Brennan Sanford scored shorthanded unassisted on a rush down the left wing wall to give MSU a 1-0 lead.

Michigan State's Mitch Lewandowski then scored on the power play at 8:05 of the middle frame from Taro Hirose and Carson Gatt to push the edge to 2-0 on a one-timer from the middle of the right wing circle.

Mackin scored for FSU at 2:21 of the third from junior defenseman Ryker Killins and sophomore defenseman Nate Kallen (3) to cut the margin back to a single goal.

The Bulldogs, though, couldn't find the equalizer and Gatt scored from Patrick Khodorenko at 11:20 of the third to account for the final margin.

Both teams netted a power play goal with the Bulldogs going 1-6 and the Spartans finishing 1-5. 

Ferris State sophomore goaltender Justin Kapelmaster took the loss and made 22 saves for the Bulldogs, snapping his three-game win streak, while Lethemon earned the win with 29 stops.

The Bulldogs return to Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play as they head south to take on the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers on Nov. 24-25 for a pair of 8:07 p.m. (ET) puck drops at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.