Coming off of a 5-1 loss to Michigan Tech, the Spartans (2-5-0) looked ready for redemption Thursday night against the Ferris State Bulldogs (2-8-1).
Spartan goaltenders, Junior Ed Minney and freshman John Lethemon, have been splitting ice time throughout each weekend series. MSU rookies have made a big impact on the team so far, with at least seven freshman in the lineup in all seven games and accumulating for 37% of the team’s points so far. Lethemon sits this game as Minney takes the start in goal for tonight.
Michigan State came out looking fresh and ready to battle, but could not connect passes and make plays happen in order to get a goal. Senior Villiam Haag had a close chance to add a point but just hit high of the crossbar, and the Spartans remained scoreless for some time.
Ferris forward Mitch Maloney provides the team with its first point of the night at 8:01 into the first period, giving the Bulldogs the momentum they needed for a big scoring night.
The Spartans had a series of chances throughout the game as they were given several power plays but could not seem to find the back of the net. To add onto the Spartans frustration, they accumulated two penalties just within seconds of each other, and the Bulldogs scored two back to back goals at 1:24 and 2:04, giving them a 3-0 lead.
After a long delay of power play scoring opportunities, the Spartans finally take advantage of a 5-on-4 advantage. Haag redeems himself from earlier and fires one in past Ferris goaltender Justin Kapelmaster at 7:12, giving the Spartans hope to stay in this now 3-1 game.
Ferris remains relentless and does not allow many scoring opportunities for Michigan State. Edging to get a quick two goals to tie it up, Anastos pulls Minney from the goal with just minutes remaining in the game. Michigan State is unable to keep control of the puck, allowing for a Ferris goal, giving them the secure 4-1 lead to end the game with.
The Bulldogs have yet to win a game at their home arena (0-5-1) and will host the Spartans this Saturday at Ewigleben Arena at 7 p.m.