Oct. 25, 1997
Michigan State Hockey Downs Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan State posted its first win in Yost Ice Arena in four years in convincing fashion, defeating the host Wolverines, 4-2. Mike York, Shawn Horcoff, Sean Berens and Rustyn Dolyny registered goals for the Spartans, who were outshot by Michigan, 20-19, but played well throughout. Senior goaltender Chad Alban produced another big performance, stopping 18 shots.
York got the Spartans on the board first with their first power-play goal in 28 opportunities. His goal midway through the first held up until a Michigan pass deflected off a Spartans' skate past Alban 1:10 into the second period.
The Wolverines' biggest threat came in the next 10 minutes as they peppered Alban with shots. He made the saves and the defense blocked several shots before they reached him, keeping MSU in the game. Horcoff scored on a breakaway set up by a Tyler Harlton pass 13:53 into the second and the Spartans never looked back. MSU added a second power-play goal as Berens stepped around the defense and made it 3-1 with 54 seconds to play in the second.
Dolyny, a freshman, scored his first career goal 3:01 into the third and MSU seemed in control with a 4-1 lead, but Michigan stormed back for a goal just 10 seconds later. The Spartans held on, however, including a crucial penalty kill with two minutes left in the game. Michigan was 0-for-8 on the power play, while MSU was 2-for-7.
Harlton and his defense-mates did an outstanding job of corraling the dangerous Michigan attack, especially All-America candidate Bill Muckalt, who was held without a point for the first time all season and to just three shots.
The Spartans move to 4-0-2 on the year and maintain first place in the CCHA. They should remain ranked No. 2 in the nation. Michigan falls to 3-2-0 (0-1-0 CCHA). The Spartans return to action Tuesday, Oct. 28, against Ferris State in Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena at 7:30 p.m.