Feb. 9, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. - - Michigan State (8-19-3, 6-15-1-0) snapped a four-game skid with a 3-1 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans got a pair of goals from junior captian Greg Wolfe and one from Tanner Sorenson, while freshman goalie Jake Hildebrand made 27 saves in the victory. Senior Chris Forfar and junior Lee Reimer each had a pair of assists in the contest as well.
Wolfe had his sixth and seventh goals of the season, extended his goal-scoring streak to three games, and snapped MSU's streak of four straight games without a power-play marker. He now ranks third on the team in goals with seven.
For the second straight night, Wolfe gave the Spartans an early lead. Skating on a major power play thanks to a hitting from behind penalty against BG's Adam Berkle, Wolfe took a nice pass from Travis Walsh in the the right circle and beat Burke glove-side.
Tanner Sorenson doubled the Spartan lead with a goal at 6:37 of the middle frame. RJ Boyd's big blast from the left point was saved by Burke, but the puck squirted out to the right post for Sorenson, who deposited his ninth goal of the season.
BG cut into the lead at 14:11 to trail by just one at the second intermission. BG had pressure down in front of Hildebrand, who attempted to cover the puck. The Spartans were attempting to clear out in front of the netminder, but an opportunistic Bryce Williamson was there and jumped on a loose puck that squirted out to the right hash mark. It was his ninth goal of the season.
The Spartans, who were limited to just four shots in the second period and five in the third, clung to the lead with strong defense, while Hildebrand turned away each of the nine Bowling Green shots in the period. The visitors pulled Buyrke for the final 50 seconds in favor of an extra skater, looking for the equalizer. Even with a faceoff to the left of Hildebrand with just under a minute remaining, the Spartans held firm in their own end. Forfar fed Wolfe for a game-sealing third marker with 32 seconds remaining in regulation.
MSU and Bowling Green split their four-game series this season, each winning a game at home and on the road. The Spartans now turn their attention to a two-game home series with Northern Michigan next weekend at Munn Ice Arena.