Spartans Split With Wolverines
In front of a sold out crowd at Munn Ice Arena, Michigan State won a thrilling overtime game 4-3 on Friday night. Torey Krug scored MSU's first three goals for his first career hat trick. Daultan Leveille tipped in a Matt Grassi shot in overtime to win it. The Spartans outworked the Wolverines in every period and a controversial goal with about a minute to play was the only reason that the game even went to overtime. The Spartans showed that they are capable of beating any team in the CCHA. Game puck goes to Krug with freshman goalie Willie Yanakeff in a close second. He played extremely well and that victory should further his confidence.
MSU played equally well in the first period on Saturday, but were unable to convert some great scoring opportunities. It was 1-0 Michigan heading into the third period due to a fairly lucky seeing eye shot that went in the goal. Another lucky bounce netted another goal for Michigan in the third period and the Spartans were never able to recover.
I think that the Spartans did exactly what they needed to do to get back on track. They split with a team that will finish in the top three of the CCHA and they played very hard. They will need to continue to play that way heading into Lake Superior State this weekend.