Michigan State sophomore forward Brent Darnell kicked off scoring for the Spartans in the 1st period by striping the Michigan defense of the puck and then sniping a sharp angle shot.
In the 2nd period the Wolverines took their turn at scoring, notching the only goal of the 2nd. Wolverine junior forward Derek DeBlois earned the goal after he turned the puck over at the blue line and scored on the odd-man rush.
Three goals found the back of the net in the 3rd period.
Michigan freshmen forward Cristoval ‘Boo” Nieves scored the first on a Michigan powerplay by one-timing a pass into the back of the net to gain the lead. Less than a minute later Michigan State junior defenseman Jake Chelios answered to tie the game again. Nieves then scored his second goal of the night to regain the home team lead at 3-2.
With 3 minutes left in regulation Michigan State was awarded a powerplay but the Spartans couldn’t find the back of the net. The first game of the series ended 3-2 Michigan.
Michigan State was out shot by the Wolverines 37-23.
The Wolverines also had the edge on special teams for the night. Michigan went 1/3 on the man-advantage while the Spartans went 0/4.
The Spartans are now just 1/4 in regulation games against rival Michigan this year.
The two teams will meet again for the 5th time in regulation this season for the second game of the series tomorrow night.