For the first time since 2009, the Michigan State Spartans lost to to the Bowling Green Falcons, 1-0, despite a solid effort from freshman goaltender Jake Hildebrand.
The Michigan State Spartans were shut out by Bowling Green and senior netminder Andrew Hammond in a 1-0 defeat Friday at Munn Arena in East Lansing.
Defenseman Connor Kucera scored the Falcons' lone goal in the first period and Hammond took over from there, recording 29 saves in the contest and withstanding 14 shots on goal from the Spartans (2-4-1, 1-2-0-0 CCHA) in the final period. That number includes three shots during a 5-on-3 power play.
Freshman goalie Jake Hildebrand nearly matched Kucera, making 24 saves in his second career start. The Spartans' best scoring opportunity came during the 5-on-3 power play, but freshman defenseman John Draeger's one-timer from the left circle clanged off the right post.
For Bowling Green (2-4-2, 1-1-1-1 CCHA), the victory was its first over the Spartans since 2009, a span of eight games.
Michigan State will try to split the series Saturday at 7 p.m. at BGSU Ice Arena.