Spartans Start 2006 with 2 W's

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Written by Matt Moss

"It's always tough those kinds of games where your team is on the power play a lot. Then they come down and get a few shots so you've got to stay mentally prepared," said MSU goaltender Jeff Lerg who made 18 saves on Friday January 6th when the Michigan State Spartans beat the Wayne State Warriors 3-1 at Munn Arena. This was the first of two games for the Spartans against the Warriors as a part of back to back games in East Lansing.

On Friday Michigan State was aggressive throughout the game. Just in the first period the Spartans won 12 of 16 face-offs and had 11 shots compared to the Warriors 3. With 11:51 left in the first, Cory Potter put one of those 11 shots in the net for Michigan State. Derek Punches of Wayne State followed up with a goal for the Warriors, making the game tied after 1 period of play.

The Spartans celebrated a power play goal scored by Nick Sucharski 16 seconds into the second period. This was with Sucharski’s first goal as a Spartan. "Getting my first goal was quite a rush. I got the puck at the point and saw Mueller in front of the net so I just wired it. I got lucky I guess. I'm still in shock," said Sucharski.

Eight penalties were handed out in the 3rd period, four to the Spartans and four to the Warriors. None of that affected the Spartans as Jared Nightingale put the puck in the Wayne State net for MSU to go up 3 to 1. The game would stay like that as the Spartans won, improving their record to 9-8-5.