Michigan State came back from a two-goal deficit twice on Thursday night to get a tie in their first regular season game. On Friday night, MSU scored a goal in the first and second period to take a 2-0 lead. In the third period, a five on three power play for Maine cost the Spartans two goals in 10 seconds, but Dustin Gazley's goal with around 7 min remaining proved to be the game-winner. Gazley, Leveille, Perlini, and Merrifield scored for the Spartans on Thursday. Friday's goals were by Gazley, Perlini, and Shelgren. Trevor Nill had great passes to assist on the Merrifield and Shelgren goals.
Overall, the Spartans must be happy with the weekend result. They showed a tremendous amount of fortitude to fight back from a two goal deficit on Thursday night and they kept working hard in the third period after Maine took all of the momentum on Friday night. Michigan State showed that they will be a solid team like last season. There are still some questions defensively, but the seven goals in the series shows that there is plenty of offensive firepower. Perlini continues to look like he did during the second half of last year. The line of Grant-Leveille-Gazley is very speedy and I expect them to stay together. The power play was pretty good all weekend. The penalty kill was shaky on Thursday, but good on Friday. Hayes and Forfar look like the go-to guys on the kill. Palmisano had a solid weekend. I'm sure he would have liked to play better on Thursday, but he made some crucial saves the next night. It was very important for MSU to start their season off on the right foot and that is just what they did.