Dec. 1, 2013
EAST LANSING - The Michigan State hockey team completed a weekend sweep of Princeton with an impressive 8-2 victory over the Tigers on Sunday afternoon at Munn Ice Arena. Seven Spartans recorded multi-point games, including Greg Wolfe and Villiam Haag, who both had a pair of goals. Travis Walsh and Mackenzie MacEachern both had three assists.
"It was nice to see the puck go in the net," said MSU head coach Tom Anastos. "It was also nice to see the puck movement as well as having four lines and all six defensemen involved. The game gave us an opportunity to give some guys some experience as well."
The eight goals for MSU were its most since 2009 when it scored 10 against Michigan Tech in the GLI.
MSU (5-7) struck first for the second straight game as Jake Chelios scored on the power play with a blast from the point nearly eight minutes into the first period. Travis Walsh fed Chelios at the blue line, who fired a high shot past Princeton goaltender Sean Bonar.
The Spartans made it 2-0 less than three minutes later as Wolfe scored his first of the day. Wolfe, along with linemates Ryan Keller and Lee Reimer, forced a turnover in the Princeton zone and after Keller's initial shot was blocked in front, Wolfe pounced on the rebound from the right side and rifled a wrist shot into the net.
Haag put home a rebound off a shot by Brock Krygier at the 16:06 mark for his first of the game to make it 3-0.
The second period started much the same, with the Spartans carrying the play and scoring twice in the first seven minutes. Thomas Ebbing redirected a blast by Walsh just 1:27 into the period and Haag netted his second goal just over five minutes later with a shot from the slot on the power play to make it 5-0.
Princeton's (3-10) Jack Berger put the Tigers on the board with a short-handed goal at the 9:09 mark.
RJ Boyd got his first goal of the season with 4:55 to play in the period when his shot from the point deflected off a Princeton defenseman's stick and got past Bonar. The goal came on the power play, giving MSU its third man-advantage goal of the afternoon.
"We seemed to find some chemistry and some pretty good puck-movement on the power play today," said Anastos.
Wolfe and Reimer teamed up to make it 7-1 with a short-handed give-and-go just 1:51 into the third period. Joe Cox got the final Spartan goal at the 14:58 mark.
Princeton's Aaron Ave closed the scoring with 56 seconds to play, making the final 8-2.
MSU finished with a 40-24 edge in shots on goal.
Jake Hildebrand turned away 22 shots for his fourth win of the season.
Michigan State will host Minnesota next weekend in its inaugural Big Ten series. The two teams will meet at 7 p.m. on Friday and then at 4 p.m. on Saturday.