|1st||3:10||LSS||1-0||EV||Stephen Perfetto (10)||Gus Correale/6, Eric Drapluk/6|
|1st||14:00||FSU||1-1||EV||Gerald Mayhew (8)||Andrew Dorantes/2, Dominic Panetta/3|
|2nd||8:10||FSU||2-1||EV GW||Zach Szajner (1)||Kenny Babinski/5, Brandon Anselmini/7|
|2nd||16:10||FSU||3-1||EV||Simon Denis (3)||Mitch Maloney/3, Zach Szajner/4|
|3rd||19:39||FSU||4-1||EV EN||Gerald Mayhew (9)||Dominic Panetta/4|
|Lake Superior State||1||0||0||1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Lake Superior State||5||9||8||22|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ferris State (15-19-2)||0/4||6/12||0|
|Lake Superior State (8-25-2)||0/6||5/10||0|
|Ferris State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|C.J. Motte (W, 15-19-2)||59:50||1||4||9||8||21|
|Lake Superior State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Gordon Defiel (L, 8-23-2)||58:41||3||8||12||10||30|
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - Lake Superior State men's ice hockey fell to long-time rival Ferris State in the first of a two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchup by a score of 4-1. The Lakers (8-25-2, 7-19-1 WCHA) jumped out to an early goal lead over the Bulldogs (15-19-2, 12-14-1 WCHA) but gave up the final four goals unanswered.
Freshman goaltender Gordon Defiel was given the nod for the Lakers against the Bulldogs senior captain, CJ Motte. Defiel picked up 30 saves on the evening and now sits just 10 saves shy of former Laker Jeff Jakaitis' single-season record of 1,059 saves. Motte needed just 21 saves to secure his 63rd career victory.
The Lakers struck first with a goal by senior Stephen Perfetto (10-7--17) to put the Lakers up 1-0 just 3:10 into the first period. His linemate, sophomore Gus Correale (3-6--9), fed Perfetto on a perfect lead pass to set the scoring play in motion. Junior Eric Drapluk (3-6--9) also assisted on the play.
The Bulldogs were able to respond with six minutes left in the period on Gerald Mayhew's eighth goal of the year. Andrew Dorantes and Dom Panetta assisted on the Bulldogs' goal. Mayhew's tally knotted the game 1-1 heading into the middle frame.
The Bulldogs took a lead they wouldn't relinquish during the second period with a pair of goals including Zach Szajner's first career goal. The goal by Szajner was the eventual game winner. Dom Panetta picked up the first of his two assists on the evening on the game-winning strike.
Both teams exchanged heavy-weight blows in the final period but both goalies stood tall. The Lakers fell victim to an empty-net goal by Mayhew with 21 seconds remaining and Defiel pulled in lieu of the extra attacker. It was Mayhew who also started the Bulldogs' scoring for the night.
Neither team was able to capitalize on the game's 10 power-play opportunities. The Lakers were 0-6 and the Bulldogs were 0-4. Final shots on goal was 34-22 in favor of the Bulldogs.
The Lakers will finish the regular season Saturday evening as they remain tied with Alabama-Huntsville, who lost 7-0 to Bowling Green Friday evening, in the WCHA standings. The Lakers need just a loss or a tie from Alaska-Anchorage Friday evening to secure their first WCHA playoff bid.
The Lakers will honor their three seniors Saturday evening immediately following the game. The puck drops at 7:07 pm ET and tickets for Civil Service employees and their families are offered at a discounted rate of $6 for adults and $3 for children.