For the first time in more than a month, the Minnesota State men's hockey team lost on a Friday night.
Ferris State goaltender Darren Smith spoiled their run, stopping 36 shots to shut out the 16th-ranked Mavericks 3-0 in the first game of a WCHA series.
The Bulldogs scored all three of their goals in the second period.
After a scoreless first period in which Minnesota State outshot Ferris State 13-6, the Bulldogs came out of the first intermission charging hard.
Corey Mackin put them up 1-0 just 34 seconds into middle frame, and at 2:28, Chad McDonald made it 2-0 on the power play. Gerald Mayhew added a power-play goal with 4:54 remaining in the period.
Ferris State finished 2 for 6 on the power play. Minnesota State was 0 for 5.
Mayhew's goal prompted an MSU goalie change, as starter Jason Pawloski was pulled after making just 11 saves. Cole Huggins finished the game and stopped all nine shots he faced.
Mayhew also had an assist for a two-point game. Jared VanWormer had two assists.
MSU's C.J. Franklin and Michael Huntebrinker were each turned away five times by Smith.
The shutout loss was the second in four games for the Mavericks (9-6-2, 6-5-2 in WCHA), who also lost 1-0 at Minnesota on Nov. 19. In between, Minnesota State scored 12 goals in two home games against Alaska.
Ferris State and Alabama Huntsville, which won 4-1 at Northern Michigan, moved into a three-way tie with Minnesota State for fourth place in the WCHA standings. They are three points behind Bowling Green, which lost 3-1 at home to second-place Michigan Tech. First-place Bemidji State tied Lake Superior 1-1 and got the extra point with a shootout win.