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.
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.