Jan. 24, 2014
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.