The Spartans came back from a 2-0 deficit in the third to win the game 3-2.
Michigan State has been slow to start this season, and this game was no exception. Niagara potted their first goal late in the first period off the stick of senior forward Jeff Hannan. Shots favored Niagara 10 – 7 and the score 1-0 at the end of one period.
The second period looked similar to the first. Hannan notched his second goal of the night to put the Purple Eagles up 2-0. Shots favored Niagara 20-16.
The Spartans have only scored goals in the third period so far this season, and this game was more of the same. Michigan State got on the board mid-way through the period with goals from junior defenseman Jake Chelios, junior forward Lee Reimer, and sophomore forward Matt Berry. All three goals came in under 6 minutes. Michigan State outshot Niagara 36-24 throughout the game and 20-4 in the third.
Michigan State continued to be strong on the penalty kill and stopped all five Niagara power plays. The Spartans themselves were 1/6 on power play chances, the only power play goal coming from Matt Berry on a five on three to win the game.
Sophomore forward Tanner Sorenson now leads the Spartans in points with one goal and two assists after three games.
Michigan State will prepare to defend home ice for a second time against Niagara tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET.