The second game goes to Michigan State in a series split.
Freshman goaltender Jake Hildebrand got the nod for the Spartans in net, marking his first start of the season. Michigan State freshman defenseman John Draeger got his first goal of the season with a shot from the point on the man advantage. Sophomore forward Tanner Sorenson and freshman defenseman Travis Walsh got the assists on the play. The first period ended with the Spartans up 1-0 and out shooting the Lakers 10-6. This was the first time the Spartans have had an intermission lead, and the first time they have scored in the first period all season.
The second period saw more power play scoring from Michigan State. Tanner Sorenson notched a second power play goal for the Spartans, with assists from sophomore forward Matt Berry and junior forward Lee Reimer. The Lakers got on the board with an even strength goal at the end of the period. Spartans out shooting their oppenents 24-20, and out scoring them 3-1 at the end of two.
Michigan State sophomore forward Matt Berry scored a third Spartan power play goal going into the third. Senior forward Anthony Hayes then notched the Spartans a fourth goal with a snipe on the rush. With four minutes left in the period the Lakers pulled their goalie and potted one last Laker goal, ending the game at 4-2 Michigan State. The Spartans out shot their opponents 37-30 over three periods of play.
Michigan State’s power play finally caught some fire going 3/6 on the advantage. The Spartan penalty kill also managed to stop all four Laker power plays.
Michigan State’s record now stands at 2-3-1.