Fourth-ranked Ferris State heads into break as nation's first 14-win team
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Ferris State will head into 2014 with a school-record and nation-leading 15-game unbeaten streak as the Bulldogs registered a 2-0 victory against the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena.
The Bulldogs claimed the victory against the Spartans in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game played before 5,737 fans to match the school-record of 15 consecutive games without a loss previously set in 1990-91 and later matched by FSU's historic Frozen Four squad two seasons ago in 2011-12. FSU is 12-0-3 in its past 15 outings and has not lost since Oct. 18.
In addition, with the win, Ferris State becomes the nation's first collegiate team to reach 14 victories this year as the Bulldogs are now 14-2-3 overall this season. They also own a 10-0-2 mark in their debut season in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) with a first-place lead at the break.
Ferris State scored once in each of the first two periods of action and received a shutout from the nation's winningest goaltender in junior CJ Motte, who had 16 saves in increasing his nation-leading mark to 14-0-3 in net this season. His 17-game unbeaten start is a school-record and the longest streak in the country.
The Bulldogs scored early in the battle between the two former Central Collegiate Hockey Association rivals as freshman Chad McDonald tallied his fourth goal of the year at 9:21 of the first period off a feed from sophomore Kenny Babinski. FSU limited the Spartans to only six shots in the opening frame en route to a 1-0 advantage after the opening 20 minutes of action.
Ferris State increased its lead to 2-0 only 5:34 into the second stanza when junior Justin Buzzeo picked up his eighth goal of the year on a Bulldog power play with a pair of freshmen in Gerald Mayhew and Ryan Lowney earning the assists.
The score stood up the rest of the way as Motte was up to the task in net and the Bulldogs limited MSU to only 16 total shots on the night. The shutout was Motte's second of the season for the Bulldogs.
No. 1 St. Cloud State 3, No. 10 Union (N.Y.) 3
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Union (N.Y.) extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 3-3 overtime tie against St. Cloud State before 4,327 fans at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The Dutchmen won the shootout 2-1.
St. Cloud (11-2-3) took advantage of a turnover in its defensive end and rushed down the ice as Joey Holka one-timed a rebound in the slot after Jimmy Murray's shot was turned away by Colin Stevens. The Huskies finished with a 14-7 advantage in shots.
Union (12-3-3) pushed ahead in the second period. Daniel Ciampini found space between the pads of goaltender Ryan Faragher at 6:09. The goal was Ciampini's eighth of the year, tops on the Union squad. That honor he held for three minutes until Daniel Carr notched his eighth goal by tucking the puck inside the left post while behind the goal line.
Union scored again 64 seconds later when Carr's feed Eli Lichtenwald's wrist shot from inside the left circle that resulted in his seventh goal of the season. The point was the 129th of Carr's career, moving him into second place on the school's all-time Division I scoring chart.
The Huskies drew within a goal at 3:22 of the third period on Jonny Brodzinski's power-play tally.