Nov. 22, 1997
No. 1 Spartan Hockey Defeats Bowling Green, 5-2
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Michigan State ran its winning streak away from Munn Ice Arena to eight games as the top-ranked Spartans defeated Bowling Green, 5-2, at the BGSU Ice Arena Saturday night.
A trademark defensive effort allowed Michigan State to build a 4-0 lead after two periods en route to the win. MSU allowed only 10 Falcon shots and only four through two periods. The Spartan defenders blocked 15 shots before they got through to goaltender Chad Alban, who made eight saves.
The 10 shots allowed tied the fewest given up by a Michigan State team in school history.
Junior center Mike York (1-2-3) and junior defenseman Chris Bogas (2-0-2) led a balanced offense. York’s goal started a three-goal second period for the Spartans after senior center Sean Berens had put MSU on the board in the first.
Michigan State scored twice on the power play for the fifth time this season, including Berens’ goal on a 5-on-3 first-period advantage. After York’s goal, Bogas scored on a power-play shot from the point through a screen to make it 3-0.
York’s line created Michigan State’s fourth goal as the Waterford, Mich., forced a turnover in the BGSU zone. His shot was stopped by Falcon goalie Mike Savard, but freshman right wing Sean Patchell scored on the rebound.
Bowling Green scored on the power play early in the third period -- the first power-play goal against Michigan State in 20 opportunities -- to cut the lead to 4-1.
Bogas added Michigan State’s fifth goal on a beautifully executed two-on-one with sophomore center Shawn Horcoff in the last five minutes of the game. BGSU’s Curtis Valentine scored to final goal with just 16 seconds remaining.
The Spartans (11-1-2 overall, 7-1-2 CCHA) return to action this weekend as a pair of the nation’s elite college hockey programs visit Munn Ice Arena for the College Hockey Showcase. MSU faces No. 10 Wisconsin Friday night at 7 p.m. and Minnesota Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
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