No. 5 Minnesota Tops Spartans
MSU returns to action next weekend at home.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Fifth-ranked Minnesota defeated the Michigan State hockey team, 4-0, on Saturday evening in the second of a two-game series between the teams in Minneapolis. MSU is now 4-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten.
"The first period, we didn't like," said MSU head coach Danton Cole. "I didn't think our energy was there, for whatever reason. We didn't win a lot of battles, we had way more turnovers, we weren't sharp with the puck, so that was a tough way to start. We probably got what we deserved there. But I thought the second was a little better and I thought in the third the guys had some energy."
Minnesota (7-3, 3-1) struck twice in the first period, the first goal coming 51 seconds into the game as a streaking Tyler Sheehy tipped the puck past John Lethemon.
Minnesota made it 2-0 just past the midway point of the first as Casey Mittelstadt got the puck in the low slot and wristed it into the net.
Tyler Manne extended the Minnesota lead to 3-0 at the 9:22 mark of the second period as his shot from the right point got through traffic and past Lethemon.
MSU had a pair of power plays in the second period but weren't able to produce many quality scoring opportunities.
The Spartans' best scoring chances of the game came on their first power play of the third period as they generated five shots on goal during the man-advantage, keeping the puck in the Minnesota end nearly the entire power play.
Ed Minney took over in net following the third Minnesota goal and stopped 14 of 15 shots he faced, not yielding a goal until the closing minutes when Leon Bristedt scored with 1:32 to play in the game.
Michigan State will be back home at Munn next weekend to host Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday.