The Spartans got off to their usual slow start, allowing Michigan to dominate in the first period with two goals and shots in favor of the Wolverines 15-5.
Michigan State upped their play in the second period. They out shot the Wolverines 13-9 while also notching one goal and holding Michigan scoreless. The second period ended with the Wolverines up 2-1.
Michigan State could not sustain the attack however, and their usually strong third period broke down. The Wolverines potted three goals in the third period, with the second two coming late in the game as Michigan State seemed to lose hope. Shots favored Michigan 34-29 after three periods of play.
Michigan State went 0/2 on the power play, while Michigan’s man advantage went 1/4.
Mistakes and turnovers cost the Spartans. The Wolverines had numerous odd man rushes, and throughout the game took more high percentage shots than the Spartans did.
Michigan State’s disorganized offense and low percentage shots made it easy on Michigan’s freshman goaltender Jared Rutledge. Rutledge had a terrible 4.52 goals against average coming into the series, but allowed just one goal on the night.
Despite allowing five goals, Michigan State junior goaltender Will Yanakeff was the Spartans biggest strength in the game. The final score could have been much more lopsided had it not been for some of his incredible saves in net. He had 29 saves on the night.
The Spartans will take the series back to East Lansing tonight as they look to even the series against No.11 Michigan.