Michigan Loses Home-and-Home Finale at MSU
Mac Bennett

Nov. 10, 2012

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Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Munn Ice Arena)
Score: Michigan State 7, #11 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (4-4-1, 2-3-1-1 CCHA), MSU (4-5-1, 3-3-0-0 CCHA)
Attendance: 7,225
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Nov. 15 -- vs. Notre Dame (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m. [ Tickets ]

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- One night after a dominating 5-1 win over Michigan State, the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 11 USA Today/No. 12 USCHO.com) was on the other end of a one-sided performance, dropping a 7-2 decision to the Spartans on Saturday night (Nov. 10) at Munn Ice Arena.

The Spartans struck early and often, jumping out to a 3-0 lead before the seven-minute mark of the opening period. Matt Berry gave MSU a 1-0 lead 34 seconds in when he finished off a 2-on-1 opportunity with Matt DeBlouw.

Michigan State then scored two goals in a matter of 25 seconds, thanks to Brent Darnell's power-play marker and an even-strength goal off the stick of Anthony Hayes.

The Wolverines capitalized on a power-play opportunity of their own at the 7:54 mark of the opening frame. Freshman Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) ripped a shot past MSU netminder, Jake Hildebrand, to close the gap to 3-1. The goal marked Nieves' second in as many nights.

Unfortunately for Michigan, the penalties cost another goal 10:42 into the first period, when Berry netted his second of the night and fifth of the season to make it a 4-1 Spartan advantage.

Michigan made it a two-goal game again 11:52 into the second period, when Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) fired a long pass to captain A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), who walked in on a breakaway and beat Hildebrand high glove side for his team-leading and NCAA-best eighth goal of the season.

The two-goal deficit was once again spread to three goals when Berry completed the hat trick 15:08 into the middle frame. DeBlouw fired a shot on Rutledge, finding the stick of Berry out front for the tip-in goal.

The Spartans closed the door for good, 4:55 into the third period, when DeBlouw ripped home the sixth MSU goal of the game. Darnell and Berry each recorded assists on the Spartan goal, giving those three players a combined 10 points in the contest.

Kevin Walrod made is a 7-2 game at the 9:17 mark of the third period.

Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) started in goal for Michigan, turning aside 20-of-27 shots in the loss. Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) stopped both shots he faced in 10:41 of relief duty.

The Wolverines return to action next Thursday (Nov. 15) when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to Ann Arbor for a two-game set at Yost Ice Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. [ Tickets ]

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