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Monday, December 17, 2012

Bulldogs retreat in 3-1 loss to Michigan State

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

All that Ferris State wants for Christmas is a victory.

Winless thus far in the month of December, the Bulldogs saw their losing streak extend to four games over the weekend after dropping a 3-1 decision on the road against Michigan State.

The Spartans, who themselves put an end to their six-game schneid, struck first in the second period with a goal by Matt Berry from Matt DeBlouw and Brent Darnell at the 6:52 mark.

Nearly nine minutes would pass before Ferris State was able to return the favor, which came on a slapshot by defenseman Jason Binkley from just inside the blue line. Earning helpers on that play were forwards Cory Kane and T.J. Schlueter.

Chris Forfar broke the tie for Michigan State just 1:32 into the final frame, which would turn out to be the game-winning goal.

A little past the midway point, R.J. Boyd tallied his second assist of the contest by setting-up Tanner Sorensen's marker from the left faceoff circle.

With his 23 saves, the Spartans' Jake Hillebrand improved his ledger to 3-5-1, while C.J. Motte of the Bulldogs (19 saves) dropped to 7-7-3.

Michigan State (5-10-2 overall, 4-8-1 CCHA) is idle until December 29th, when they travel to the Joe Louis Arena to kickoff the Great Lakes Invitational against Western Michigan.

Ferris State (7-7-3 overall, 6-6-1 CCHA) also returns to action in two weeks, where they will face Cornell in the opening round of the Florida College Classic on the 28th.

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