Despite returning with just 55% of their scoring from last season, the Michigan State Spartans won a 6-1 victory over the Windsor Lancers in Monday’s exhibition game.
Michigan State got off to a hot start with a goal by senior forward Kevin Walrod in the first 10 seconds of the game. Michigan State freshman forward Ryan Keller and sophomore forward Matt Berry went on to add two more goals for the Spartans in the first period, leaving the game at 3-0 Michigan State at the end of the first.
Heading into the second period the Lancers swapped goaltenders, sending in Pat Van Buskirk to relieve Matt Murphy. Early in the second the Lancers scored for the first and only time of the night with a short handed goal from Myles Doan. Michigan State answered with two second period goals, the first off the stick of Brent Darnell and the second off the stick of assistant captain Anthony Hayes, leaving the score at 5-1 Michigan State at the end of the second.
Freshman goaltender Jake Hildebrand began the third period in net for the Spartans, replacing starting junior net-minder Will Yanakeff. Michigan State continued to out shoot and out score Windsor in the third, with freshman defenseman Travis Walsh adding the last Spartan goal of the night to end the game at 6-1.
Michigan State was able to kill all three Windsor power plays, but failed to convert on seven of their own power play chances.
The Spartans will take a step forward this weekend as they prepare to face off against No. 1 ranked Minnesota.