Special Recap to MiCHO by Lyle Nagle
Friday night at Munn Ice Arena, Michigan State forward Bryan Lerg scored his eighth game-winning goal of the season at the 1:26 mark of the overtime period to give the Spartans a 2-1 victory over Ferris State.
Lerg received the centering pass on the game winner from Chris Lawrence and fired it past Ferris goalie Mitch O'Keefe.
The win pushed the Spartans' (18-8-3, 14-6-3 CCHA) unbeaten streak to eight games.
Justin Abdelkader scored MSU's first goal at the 13:24 mark of the second period.
Abdelkader, playing the right point on the power play, received a pass from Jeff Dunne and buried a slap shot high over the glove of O'Keefe, who was screened on the play.
Ferris State's Matt Verdone scored the first goal of the game at the 10:11 mark of the second period.
Shorthanded, Joe Van Culin shot the puck up the board clearing the Ferris zone and Verdone won the race for the puck and continued across the front of the MSU net scoring on the far side of Jeff Lerg.
Lerg was forced to make many quality saves on his way to a 33-save performance.
O'Keefe made key saves for the Bulldogs (9-19-3, 6-15-2 CCHA) in each period on his way to 20 saves on 22 shots.
Michigan State went 1-for-8 on the power play. Ferris was 0-for-7 with the man-advantage.
MSU will hit the ice at the Joe Louis Arena tomorrow night against the Michigan Wolverines.
FSU is off until Tuesday when the host the Spartans in Big Rapids in the finale of their home-and-home set.