Written by Matt Moss
The stage was set for another showdown between Michigan State and the University of Michigan.Â It was time to renew the rivalry of MSU v. U of M.Â Many fans were expecting Michigan to come out, control the game and pick up the â€œW.â€Â That was not the case in Munn Arena, as the Spartans shut out the Wolverines, 2-0.
The last three meetings between these two clubs resulted in ties, so both teams were eager to win.Â When it came down to it, goaltending was the difference.Â Both net minders had great games.Â MSU freshman goalie Jeff Lerg of the Spartans made 31 saves and Michigan senior goalie Noah Ruden made 35 saves.
There were only two penalties in the first period and were against U of M.Â This was good news for the Spartans as senior forward Colton Fretter capitalized with a power-play goal at 14:50 in the first.
The second period defined what hockey is all about, as there were seven penalties called, four on MSU and three on U of M.Â One of those penalties was a charging call on MSU junior forward Drew Miller.Â Though the Spartans were shorthanded, Bryan Lerg scored just 15 second after the Miller penalty.
That was all MSU needed for the night, as Michigan became frustrated and had five penalties called on them in the third period.Â Â MSU won the game with a final score of 2-0.
This win makes the Spartans unbeaten in their last seven games at Munn and put them at 8-3-2 on the season.Â The game also ended a five game home stand, where MSU went 5-0. The Spartans will now travel to Omaha, Nebraska for a weekend series against the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.Â The following weekend the Spartans and Wolverines will meet for a weekend series in Detroit, as they faceoff at Joe Louis Arena on the 27 and 28.