Feb. 10, 2012
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Munn Ice Arena)
Score: Michigan State 3, #6 Michigan 2
Record: Michigan (17-10-4, 11-8-4-1 CCHA), MSU (16-11-4, 11-9-3-2 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 11 -- vs. Michigan State (Detroit, Mich./Joe Louis Arena), 7:35 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 4 USCHO.com/No. 6 USA Today/USA Hockey) allowed three unanswered goals to Michigan State (No. 17 USCHO.com/NR USA Today/USA Hockey) to drop a 3-2 decision on Friday (Feb. 10) at Munn Ice Arena.
Torey Krug netted two goals and an assist for the Spartans, with both goals coming on the power play, to hand the Wolverines their first loss of the season against Michigan State. Coming into tonight's action, Michigan had killed off 23 straight penalties, dating back to the Frozen Diamond Faceoff on Jan. 15 against Ohio State, and shut down the Spartans on their first three man-advantage opportunities tonight before surrendering goals on two straight chances. The Wolverines are 40-for-44 (90.9 percent) on the PK over their last 11 contests.
After a scoreless first period, forward A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) opened the scoring for Michigan with his 12th goal of the season, a single-season career high. Treais buried a one-timer off a pass from rookie Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario), giving the Wolverines the 1-0 lead. Treais now has points in four straight games, posting five points (4g, 1a) over that span.
Nearly seven minutes later, Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) extended the Wolverine advantage to 2-0 with his fifth tally of the season and first since the Great Lakes Invitational finals on Dec. 30 versus the Spartans. Lynch positioned himself in front of the Spartan goal and found the puck on the tape of his stick with a pair of defenders draped all over him but managed to slip the puck between the legs of MSU netminder Will Yanakeff. The junior forward now has six points (3g, 3a) in four games against MSU this season.
The Spartans cut the Michigan lead to one, 2:06 later, as Krug put home his ninth goal of the season. Krug then knotted the score at 2-2 with a power-play goal at 1:26 of the third period. The goal snapped Michigan's streak of 26 straight successful penalty kills.
Krug picked up his third point of the night, 4:07 into the third period, with an assist on Matt Berry's 10th goal of the campaign to give MSU a 3-2 advantage with a little more than 15 minutes left to play in regulation. The Spartans' two goals in the third period marked the first time that Michigan had allowed more than one goal in any period since Dec. 29 against Boston College. U-M also had not lost a game all season when leading after two periods.
Michigan goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) turned aside 27-of-30 shots in the loss and allowed more than two goals for the first time since Dec. 10 at Munn. Yanakeff tallied 28 saves in the win.
The Wolverines and Spartans will meet for the fifth time this season on Saturday (Feb. 11) at Joe Louis Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. and the matchup can be seen live on Fox Sports Detroit.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423