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Michigan State hockey: Spartans Blitz Falcons 6-1


Michigan State put on an offensive show in their rematch against Bowling Green, taking the second game of the split series.

In stark contrast to the previous nights shut out loss, Michigan States offensive guns came out firing. Sophomore forward Matt Berry and senior forward Lee Reimer started the scoring for the Spartans with power play goals in the first period. Shots favored Michigan State 8-4 in the first, with the score at 2-0 Spartans.

Michigan State continued to pour it on in the second period. Freshman forward Mike Ferrantino opened second period scoring with another Spartan power play goal. Bowling Green then opted to swap goal tenders after freshman forward Matt DeBlouw notched the first non-power play goal for the Spartans.

Bowling Green goalie Andrew Hammond, who played lights out the night before, was replaced by Tommy Burke.  The goal tending change didn’t seem to matter though, as DeBlouw scored his second even strength goal of the night, this time on Burke. Shots favored Michigan State 19-10 after two. Scoring favored the Spartans 5-0.

The third period saw scoring from both teams captains. Greg Wolfe potted the fourth Michigan State power play goal of the night, and  Bowling Green captain Camden Wojtala stopped the shut with the only Falcon goal. Shot totals ended at 23-19 and the final score 6-1, both favoring Michigan State.

The Spartans went an impressive 4/7 on the power play, while BGSU was 0/3 on power play chances.

Two forwards had huge nights for Michigan State. Matt Berry had 1 goal and 3 assists and Matt DeBlouw had 2 goals and 2 assists. Both now lead the team in points with seven each.

Goal tender Will Yanakeff, who lost the start to Jake Hildebrand last night, posted a solid .947% save percentage.

As the Michigan series approaches, this level of offensive production is a good sign for the Spartans .

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