FERRIS' STREAK ENDS WITH HOME SHUTOUT LOSS TO MICHIGAN STATE
Goaltending proved to be the focal point as Michigan State's Jeff Lerg shutout Ferris State with a 32-save performance as the Spartans claimed a 1-0 victory in Saturday's (Feb. 7) weekend Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series finale at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
|Cody Chupp and Ferris State dropped a 1-0 home league contest to Michigan State Saturday night as Spartan goaltender Jeff Lerg stopped all 32 shots on goal. (Photo courtesy of the Pioneer)|
The home setback ends Ferris State's unbeaten string at four (1-0-3) as the Bulldogs fall to 11-12-7 overall and 8-9-5-2 in the CCHA this season to date.
Lerg, who would receive first star of the game recognition, was on the top of his game as the 2007-08 All-America Second-Team selection turned away all 32 Bulldog shots on goal to register his second shutout of the season and the 12th of his distinguished career.
The only score of the game would come early, just 36 seconds into the contest as a matter of fact. Michigan State's Matt Schepke would tally his 13th goal of the season as a result of crashing the Ferris net from the left circle after collecting an opposite side pass by Ben Warda.
The Bulldogs tried to even things up on the scoreboard but were unsuccessful despite outshooting the Spartans 12-4 in the opening period and 14-10 in the second stanza. Lerg came up big when the situation warranted such, including a point-blank stop of junior right wing Cody Chupp's (Big Rapids) second-period shot off a rebound to a wide-open MSU net.
The Bulldogs would wrap up the night by with a 32-19 shots on goal advantage. Specialty teams for either squad was almost exclusively defensive as Ferris State was unable to convert seven power-play opportunities while Michigan State was unsuccessful in six man-advantage situations, including one on a five-minute major penalty to the Bulldogs at the start of the third period.
For Ferris, freshman Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) received the starting assignment in net and wound up with 18 saves. His record presently stands at 5-4-4 this campaign.