SAULT STE. MARIE – For the fourth consecutive Friday game, the Lake Superior State hockey team could not find the back of the net, as Darren Smith and the Bulldogs of Ferris State downed the Lakers 4-0.
Entering the game, the Lakers were seven points behind Ferris State, who held the final playoff spot.
The Bulldogs got on the board when Coale Norris and Marshall Moise got into the Lakers’ zone on a 2 on 1. Moise fed a pass to Norris, who put the puck into a wide open net, as Moise had gotten Lake Superior goaltender Mareks Mitens out of position.
Ferris State scored two more goals in the second period, as Corey Mackin and Nate Kallen converted on opportunities, eventually chasing Mitens from the net.
Replacing him was junior Nick Kossoff. Kossoff, who has 4 of the Lakers’ 5 wins on the year, allowed a power play goal by Ryker Killins in the third period.
Although much of the play was even, the Bulldogs managed to make the most of their opportunities.
In goal, Smith stopped all 27 shots. Across the ice, Mitens made 13 saves before being relieved by Kossoff, who made 11 stops.
By picking up the win, Ferris State snapped a five game losing streak. The Lakers, meanwhile, are now 0-6-1 in their last 7 league games. They sit eight points behind Alaska, who is in action against Minnesota State in a late game.
For the Lakers, the chances of making the WCHA Tournament continue to shrink, as they have been unable to gain any ground on teams ahead of them in the standings. Making matters worse were the results from the late games, where Alabama-Huntsville and Alaska won their games, widening the gap.
The teams are back in action tonight for the conclusion of their series. Puck drop is at 7:07.