Ferris State hockey topped in 4-2 loss to Michigan Tech in Great Lakes Invitational

DETROIT — After being handed a 2-0 shutout loss at the hands of Michigan State in the first round of the Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) on Sunday, the Ferris State hockey team squared off with Michigan Tech in the consolation game on Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

But the Bulldogs left their first trip to the GLI in program history without a victory after a 4-2 setback to the Huskies.

EYES UP: Ferris State’s Chad McDonald (9) focuses on the puck prior to a faceoff during the consolation game of the Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) at Joe Louis Arena on Monday. The Bulldogs left the GLI without a victory after the Huskies handed them a 4-2 loss in the 50th edition of the holiday tournament following a 2-0 loss to Michigan State on Sunday. (Ferris State Athletics/Michael Corn)

EYES UP: Ferris State’s Chad McDonald (9) focuses on the puck prior to a faceoff during the consolation game of the Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) at Joe Louis Arena on Monday. The Bulldogs left the GLI without a victory after the Huskies handed them a 4-2 loss in the 50th edition of the holiday tournament following a 2-0 loss to Michigan State on Sunday. (Ferris State Athletics/Michael Corn)

On the heels of a 2-1 upset loss to Michigan in the first round on Sunday, the nationally fifth-ranked Huskies (14-4-0, 10-2-0 WCHA) took their frustration out on the Bulldogs (9-9-1, 6-4-0 WCHA) by scoring the first four goals of the contest before Ferris State felt short with a two-goal rally after that.

The Wolverines went on to beat the Spartans in the title game later that night, 2-1.

Michigan Tech had the lone lamplighter of the opening period when junior forward C.J. Eick scored 11:12 into the period off assists from freshman forwards Joel L’Esperance and Dylan Steman to head into the second period with the 1-0 edge.

The Huskies got busy adding to that lead early in the second stanza as junior forward Malcom Gould buried a shot in the back of the net just 59 seconds into the period to push the lead to 2-0.

Senior forward Tanner Kero and junior defenseman Walker Hyland assisted on Gould’s goal.

Then at 9:33 into the period, L’Esperance tallied his second point of the day on a goal assisted by senior forward David Johnstone before that lead grew to four goals less than four minutes later when Kero lit the lamp with a shorthanded goal off the feed from senior forward Blake Pietila.

But the Bulldogs showed some life by responding with a power-play goal by junior defenseman Brandon Anselmini a minute later, off assists from sophomore defenseman Ryan Lowney and junior forward Matt Robertson, to cut the lead to three heading to the final period of regulation.

Anselmini’s goal was the Bulldogs’ first of the tournament.

Ferris State kept the momentum going with a goal from junior defenseman Simon Denis off helpers from senior forward Justin Buzzeo and Anelmini to cut the Michigan Tech lead in half with 18:03 to play.

But that was as close as Ferris State would get as the Huskies held on for the victory.

Michigan Tech junior goaltender Jamie Phillips (14-4-0) stopped 34 shots while his counterpart in FSU senior C.J. Motte (9-9-1) made 16 saves. FSU had a staggering 36-20 edge in shots despite the final outcome.

The Bulldogs were 1-for-2 on the power play while the Huskies couldn’t convert on their one attempt.

FSU returns to action Jan. 2-3, 2015, with a trip to Fairbanks to face the Alaska Nanooks.

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