After the previous nights 5-1 loss in Ann Arbor, the Spartans came out to play with a chip on their shoulder.
The Michigan rivalry on home ice ignited the Spartans. Despite having only 3 first period goals this entire season, Michigan State scored 4 times in the first period. Like a bat out of hell, Michigan State sophomore forward Matt Berry scored 34 seconds into the 1st period. Sophomore forward Brent Darnell followed with a Spartan a power play goal, coming just before senior forward Anthony Hayes notched the game-winning goal. The period ended with a Michigan power play goal from freshman forward Cristoval Nieves, and another Spartan goal by Matt Berry, his second of the night.
Michigan’s captain and leading scorer, senior forward A.J. Treais, opened second period scoring with the last Wolverine goal of the night. Matt berry answered with his 3rd goal of night, completing his hat-trick.
Last night in Ann Arbor the Wolverines unloaded on Michigan State in the third period. Tonight Michigan State proved that they too could pour it on in the 3rd period. Adding insult to injury, Matt DeBlouw and Kevin Walrod upped the Spartan lead by two more goals in the third, ending the game at 7-2 Spartans.
Matt Berry had another huge night for the Spartans with 3 goals and 1 assist. He is proving to be Michigan State’s top offensive threat and now leads the team in scoring with 11 points in 10 games.
Both teams had 7 power play chances. Michigan State connected on 2 and and Michigan connected on 1.
Despite being out shot by the Wolverines 42-29 after 3 periods, the Spartans were able to find the back of the net and dominate scoring. The home ice advantage seemed to spark both teams at their own rinks and played a key role in the rivalry series.
Michigan freshman goalie Jared Rutledge – who allowed just one goal against Michigan State at Yost – made only 20 saves and allowed 7 goals on the night before being replaced by Steve Racine – also a freshman goaltender. Racine made 2 saves and allowed no goals.
Michigan State will have more of a challenge next weekend when they take on No. 5 Miami of Ohio.