Spartans Rally to Down No. 4 Michigan, 3-2
Feb. 10, 2012
East Lansing, Mich - - Junior All-America candidateTorey Krug singlehandedly brought Michigan State out of a two-goal hole and his assist on Matt Berry's game-winner in the third period as the No. 17 Spartans downed archrival Michigan, 3-2, in front of 7,103 fans at Munn Ice Arena. The teams will meet for the fifth time this season on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
The game's first score came 25 minutes into the contest. Phil DiGuiseppe streaked up the right side on a two-on-one break, and his pass was one-timed by AJ Treais from just below the left hash mark. At 11:10, the Wolverines doubled their lead off a good effort play in front of the net by Kevin Lynch, who got his stick free in a scrum in front of the net and managed to poke a bouncing puck through the legs of Yanakeff.
The Spartans got back in it at 13:16, when Torey Krug's blast from the left point made its way through traffic and sailed over the left shoulder of Hunwick to cut into the visitors' lead before heading into the locker room for the third period.
The Spartans got a power play less than 30 seconds into the final period, and Krug made the Wolverines pay for DiGuiseppe's indiscretion with his second goal of the night. Greg Wolfe made a great pass out to the left point to Krug, who faked and put a wrister on net that beat Hunwick at 1:26.
Less than three minutes later, with Derek DeBlois in the box on a tripping call, the Spartans took their first lead of the night. Krug's shot from the top of the left circle was saved by Hunwick, but Matt Berry was there on the left side to flip the puck past Hunwick's blocker hand for his 10th goal of the season.
The Spartans were strong defensively over the balance of the contest, limiting the Wolverines' chances. Hunwick spent the final minute of the period on the bench in favor of an extra skater, but Yanakeff was strong, and his 28 saves on the night helped seal the victory.
NOTES: The Spartans and Wolverines played a one-goal decision for the fifth time in the last six games ... The season series is now at 1-1-1 in CCHA games (with MSU winning the shootout), but UM has a second victory thanks to a 3-2 overtime decision in the Great Lakes Invitational final ... The Spartans went 2-for-6 on the power play, and killed off all three power-play chances against ... The Spartan PK has extinguished 19 consecutive man advantages against over the last three-plus games and is now at 89.3% (109/122) ... MSU rallied from a two-goal deficit, the second time in three games the Spartan offense has done so ... Torey Krug had his third consecutive multiple-point game and eighth of the season. It was his first multiple-goal game of the year, and third of his career ... Krug's three points pushes him to a career scoring line of 6-7-13 in 14 career games against the Wolverines, best among active players ... Berry had a goal for the third straight game, and owns the team's longest point-scoring streak at five games ... Yanakeff has started four of the last five Spartan games ...
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