Spartans Complete another Weekend Sweep

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Written by Matt Moss

On Friday night MSU shutout University of Alaska-Fairbanks 4-0. Coach Rick Comley earned his 674th win of his 33-year coaching career, which put him in a tie with former Boston College coach Len Ceglarski for fifth place all-time in the NCAA hockey wins.

Saturday’s game wouldn’t be as giving for the Spartans as they battled throughout the whole game for a win. Coach Comley described the game between MSU and UAF as a “playoff like” atmosphere, as the Spartans completed a weekend sweep of UAF with a 2-1 win.

The game didn’t start out in the Spartans favor, as sophomore defensemen Darcy Campbell scored for the Nanooks, with 7:53 into the first period. Minutes later, senior forward Kelly Czuzy of UAF was called for a slashing penalty. This was 15 seconds after Czuzy got out of the box for a interference call. After that, things started going the Spartans way. Three second after Czuzy’s second penalty concluded, Spartan sophomore forward Dan Sturges scored, making the game 1-1. The first period ended in a tie and MSU was controlling the puck for the majority of the period, having 10 shots on goal while UAF only had three.

The second period was an aggressive battle up and down the ice UAF started holding onto the puck more and had seven shots on goal. Michigan State was even feistier with puck, Sturges scored at 12:48 in the second period, putting the Spartans up 2-1. Though MSU scored in the second period and took 13 shots, UAF stepped up their zone defense and made it hard for the Spartans MSU to attack. Like the first period, there were also eight penalties in the period.

Throughout the game, there was a lot of tension between the two teams and in the third period 14 penalties were called between the two teams. State controlled the momentum in the third, as it was a defensive battle with only 11 shots between both teams, MSU had 7 of them. The Spartans won the game with a final score of 2-1, but the game did not end pleasantly as the teams started to rough each other up.

The fighting between MSU sophomore forward Chris Mueller and UAF sophomore defensemen T.J. Campbell were the biggest part of the altercation. Both layers are suspended from their next game. Meaning, Mueller won’t be able to play in Tuesdays match-up against MSU rival, Michigan. The Spartans stand at 12-8-5 on the season and 6-5-4 in conference play, putting them in fifth place in the CCHA.