Jan. 3, 1998
Spartans Return to Form Beating Alaska-Fairbanks 6-2Berens nabs hat trick, posts five-goal weekend
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Spartans made the longest trip of the season -- longer, in fact, than all of their other trips combined -- this weekend and came back with two points.
Michigan State returned to the ice Saturday night missing three of its top four scorers, but luckily it had the fourth. Senior center Sean Berens carried the offensive load for the Spartans with his first career hat trick, delivering MSU to a 6-2 win. Goaltender Chad Alban allowed two first-period goals but shut out the Nanooks the rest of the way for his 50th career CCHA victory.
UAF had a pair of early one goal leads, but Michigan State scored four goals in ten minutes of the second period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead. A final goal in the third period gave the Spartans a 6-2 win and a split of the series with the Nanooks.
Sjon Wynia scored his third goal of the weekend to give the Nanooks a 1-0 lead just 34 seconds into the game and Sean Fraser put a shorthanded goal past Chad Alban for the lead at the end of the first period.
Sean Berens notched a hat trick for the Spartans and finished the weekend with five goals.