Smith, Ferris State Shut Out Lake Superior State, 1-0
Freshman goaltender Darren Smith makes 19 saves for Bulldogs

Freshman goaltender Darren Smith made 19 saves for the Bulldogs
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 16:14  FSU1-0 EV GW Simon Denis (3)Matt Robertson/4, Kyle Schempp/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Ferris State  1001
Lake Superior State  0000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Ferris State  12101032
Lake Superior State  67619
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Ferris State (6-5-4)  0/4 5/10 0
Lake Superior State (3-9-3)  0/5 5/21 0
Ferris State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Darren Smith (W, 5-1-3)60:000 67619
Lake Superior State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Gordon Defiel (L, 2-6-3)59:341 11101031
Empty Net0:260     

SAULT STE. MARIE - Lake Superior State opened the first game of their Western Collegiate Hockey Association weekend series against Ferris State with a 1-0 loss.

The Lakers (3-9-3, 1-3-3 WCHA) were unable to capitalize on any of their 19 shots as freshman goaltender Darren Smith picked up his first-career shutout for the Bulldogs (6-5-4, 5-4-2 WCHA).

Gordon Defiel made the start between the pipes for the Lakers and appeared to be up to the task, saving 31-of-32 shots by the Bulldogs. Defiel's lone blemish came during the first period on a line-rush by the Bulldogs that led to the game's only goal.

Simon Denis netted the Bulldogs' goal with a slap shot from just above the faceoff circle, giving the senior blue-liner his third tally of the season. Matt Robertson and Zach Doer combined for the assists.

The Lakers were unsuccessful on their five power-play chances, while the Bulldogs went 0-for-4.

The Lakers killed off a crucial 5-minute major that resulted in Mitch Hults being sent away with a game misconduct. Hults (4-3--7) was whistled for making contact to the head with Chad McDonald, who went spiraling to the ice in alarming fashion.

After an extended period of time laying motionless as trainers looked on, McDonald was able to return to his feet and skate off under his own power.

With under a minute left on the penalty to Hults, Josh Nenadal (3-0--3) intercepted a puck in the defensive zone and quickly turned up ice. Nenadal past the defender but was hooked down to the ice by Matt Robertson before he could get a shot away, ultimately ending the Bulldogs power play and producing a 4-on-4 scenario.

The Lakers received only 19 seconds of power-play time on the penalty to Robertson due to a neutral-zone collision, resulting in Alex Globke being ushered away for two minutes for interference.

The Bulldogs made pulling Defiel for the extra attacker a difficult task for the Lakers, as Defiel made his way to the bench with only 26 seconds remaining.

The series concludes Saturday evening with game two at 7:07 p.m.