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Jan. 9, 1998

Spartan Hockey Ties NMU, 1-1

Box Score

EAST LANSING, Mich - Michigan State junior center Mike York celebrated his return from the World Junior Championship with a goal, but Michigan State could not manage a second, tying Northern Michigan 1-1 Friday night at Munn Ice Arena.

York scored on the power-play 12:49 into the second period, breaking a scoreless tie. York batted the puck out of midair at the left side of the goal mouth for his 12th tally of the season. The junior from Waterford, Mich., had seven shots on goal and generated several quality scoring chances despite playing on a new line and being the only one of Michigan State's top four scorers to see significant ice time.

Sean Berens sat out the game with a game disqualification penalty (he will return tonight), Bryan Adams is out nursing a fractured clavicle and Shawn Horcoff skated early in the game but was sidelined for most of it with a sprained right ankle.

Northern Michigan had the better chances in the first period, outshooting MSU, 12-5. Senior goaltender Chad Alban held the Wildcats scoreless, however, the 15th time in 21 games he has held the opponent scoreless in the first. Alban has a .945 save percentage in the first period this season.

Northern could not manage the equalizer until a power-play goal eight minutes into the third. Brad Frattaroli beat Alban on the rebound of a shot off the faceoff, tying the score at 1-1. Neither team managed a shot in the overtime period, although Michigan State had a solid chance when Jon Gaskins charged at a loose puck in front of the net.

The two teams meet again Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Munn.

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