Jan. 30, 2010
Detroit, Mich. - A four-goal slugfest in the third period was the story of the Michigan State-Michigan game at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday evening, and a Michigan goal at 17:53 by Chris Brown stood as the game-winner as the Wolverines salvaged one game from the four-game season series by a 5-4 margin. Drew Palmisano made 30 saves for Michigan State, which rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit. Jeff Petry had a goal and an assist, while Torey Krug had a pair of helpers for the Spartans.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead. Michigan got on the board at 13:07 of the period, their first lead of the weekend. The Spartans had just missed a chance at the other end, with a Petry shot missing inches to the right of the post. Play turned the opposite direction, and Chris Summers carried the puck into their offensive zone, splitting the defense and driving right to put a shot on net. Palmisano made the save, but was far to the right post; AJ Treais finished the play at the left post despite two MSU defenders doing their best to keep it out of the net.
The Wolverines added to their lead at 17:51, when Summers launched a shot from the right point that made its way through traffic. Palmisano made the initial save, but the puck wiggled loose and fell between his pads and through his five-hole into the back of the net.
UM got a backbreaker to take a 3-0 lead in the final minute of the period. Chris Brown carried the puck up the left side and drove the net, backhanding a pass in front of the net to Brian Lebler. Lebler redirected the puck at the top of the crease, flipping it over the right shoulder of Palmisano, who had his paddle flush to the ice. It gave the Wolverines the three-goal lead at the first intermission.
Michigan State got back in it with a pair of goals in the opening eight minutes of the second period. Their first goal came while skating shorthanded. Dustin Gazley did the dirty work, fighting for the puck as he crossed the offensive blue line. He battled for possession and won the war, and lofted a cross-slot pass to Andrew Rowe, who was all alone at the left post for his 13th goal of the season.
The Spartans crawled back into the game further at 8:36. Torey Krug initiated the play from the neutral zone, feeding his defensive partner Petry. The big blueliner unleashed a big, heavy shot from the left side that was saved by Hogan; Perlini was there for the putback and it was a 3-2 ballgame.
MSU tied the game just 50 seconds into the final period. Michigan State had a carryover power play from the final minute of the second period, and Torey Krug and Jeff Petry passed the puck back and forth across the blue line. Krug stepped forward and shot the puck above the left circle, and Hogan made the save with his blocker. The rebound, however, came right to a crashing Petry, and the big blueliner had his fourth goal of the season.
The Spartan then took their first lead of the night at 13:09 of the third. Trevor Nill and Dean Chelios worked hard in the left corner to keep the puck down in the offensive zone. When the puck got loose, Chelios wheeled behind the net and tucked it at the right post, beating Hogan glove-side.
The Wolverines pushed, however, and matched MSU's earlier shorthanded marker with one of their own at 15:12. Hagelin had the shot at the right post, but Palmisano's save went to the left side for an unmarked Rust. The Wolverines got the game-winner at 17:53, when Chris Brown poked a loose puck through a scrum at the left post.
Michigan State falls to 17-9-4 overall, and 12-6-4-1 in the CCHA. The Spartans pack up and head out of the continental 48 next week, heading to Alaska for a two-game set.
NOTES: Michigan State-Michigan became college hockey's most-played rivalry on Saturday when the teams met for the 278th time ... Michigan State trailed 3-2 at the second intermission, and is 1-5-2 when trailing heading into the third period ... Michigan State is now 2-1-0 at Joe Louis Arena this season ... MSU is now 14-3-2 when scoring three goals or more ... 22 of MSU's 30 games this season have been settled by two goals or less ... Andrew Rowe has had a goal in each of his last five games against Michigan ... Brett Perlini has scored four of his six goals this season at Joe Louis Arena ...