Ferris State freshman Dan Riedel (left) scored a power-play goal at 7:22 of the third period to lift the Bulldogs over No. 16 Michigan State, 2-1, Tuesday night at Munn Ice Arena.
The loss kept the Spartans (8-7-4 CCHA, 14-10-5 overall) in third place in the CCHA with 20 points, while the Bulldogs (7-6-5 CCHA, 12-8-6 overall) jumped into a three-way tie for fourth with Michigan and Lake Superior State with 19 points each.
"I'd say that both teams looked fatigued," FSU head coach Bob Daniels said. "We played two pretty hard games against Lake State and Michigan State played two hard games against Nebraska-Omaha and had to travel. I think that lends itself to a weary looking game. I also think that's why goal scoring was down."
After a scoreless first period, Ferris' Mark Bomersback and MSU's Tim Crowder traded second-period goals with Crowder's coming on a man-advantage at 19:40.
That set the stage for Riedel's winner.
"Give Ferris credit, because they played their game to a T," Spartans' head coach Rick Comley said. "They pack it and keep it tight and try to convert on power-plays and turnovers. If you give them a 5-on-3, eventually they'll probably score a goal. That was obviously the swinging point in the game, and I thought their goalie did a really good job and did what he had to do. On our part, we didn't have the jump that we've had and they take things away from you in their zone for sure."
Jeff Lerg made 25 saves for MSU and Mitch O'Keefe stopped 27 for Ferris.
Michigan State returns to action on Friday when it faces archrival Michigan at Munn Ice Arena. The game, which will be televised live on College Sports Television, will start at 8:05 p.m. The Bulldogs host Miami-Ohio this weekend.