Spartans Fall to Michigan
Tanner Sorenson scored his second goal of the season in Friday's loss.
Tanner Sorenson scored his second goal of the season in Friday's loss.

Jan. 24, 2014

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EAST LANSING - The 14th-ranked Michigan Wolverines used three third-period goals to break a 2-2 tie and defeat the Michigan State hockey team, 5-2, on Friday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Munn Ice Arena. The loss drops MSU to 8-12-3 overall and 2-4-2-2 in Big Ten play. Michigan is now 12-6-2 and 4-2 in the conference.

"I didn't like our approach tonight," said MSU head coach Tom Anastos. "We played a really good team that was ready to play and hungrier than us and that's unacceptable."

With the game tied, 2-2, Derek DeBlois and Mac Bennett scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, turning the game in the Wolverines' favor. DeBlois scored at the 5:23 mark and Bennett followed less than a minute later.

A shorthanded goal off a 2-on-1 by JT Compher at the 13:54 mark gave Michigan its final tally.

Michigan outshot the Spartans 18-8 in the decisive third period and 42-32 in the game.

The Spartans took a 1-0 lead late in the first period, getting their first of two power-play goals on the night. Mike Ferrantino dug the puck out of the right corner and dished it to Travis Walsh at the point. Walsh hit Sorenson with a pass at the left point, who one-timed it past Michigan goaltender Zach Nagelvoort with 2:31 to play in the period.

The Spartan goal looked like it would be the only one of the period, but Compher scored off a backhand on an odd-man rush with 6 seconds to play in the opening stanza.

Michigan grabbed a 2-1 lead at 5:09 of the second period as DeBlois scored his first of the night off a shot that took an odd bounce on its way to the net. DeBlois threw the puck at the net from the right side near the boards and after a couple of strange bounces, it hopped over Hildebrand and into the net.

The Spartans responded though on the man-advantage just over two minutes later at the 7:19 mark. Again playing the point on the power play, Sorenson fed the puck to Villiam Haag in the left corner. Haag walked out front and put a shot on net, but Nagelvoort made the initial stop. Ferrantino was on the doorstep though and banged home the rebound to knot the game, 2-2.

MSU outshot the Wolverines in the period, 17-9, making the shot totals even at 24 heading into the final frame.

The Spartans will be back in action next weekend when they travel to No. 1 Minnesota to meet the Gophers on Friday and Saturday.

"We have to learn from this weekend and get ready to play next weekend in a tough environment," said Anastos.