In the first of two matches this weekend between in-state rivals, Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines, the two teams met on neutral ground at the Joe Louis Ice Arena in Detroit, MI. In a closely contested match, the Wolverines would pull away with the win after a late third period goal to take the win, 2-1.
The first period of the game was closely fought, but saw no scoring. Goalies on both sides looked solid. Spartan Jake Hildebrand and Wolverine Zach Nagelvoort each stopped 10 shots in the first 20 minutes.
U of M opened up the scoring 11:36 into the second period. Freshman JT Compher arched in a rebound over Hildebrand for the 1-0 Wolverine lead. He was assisted by Derek DeBlois.
Six minutes into the third, MSU tied it up at one when sophomore Michael Ferrantino scored. He was assisted by Joe Cox and Rhett Holland. Michigan broke the tie late in the game with a goal from Phil Di Giuseppe, assisted by Andrew Copp and Nolan De Jong. With only 2:18 left in the game, Michigan State couldn’t muster a comeback and Michigan took the win. Nagelvoort saved 32 and allowed one goal, while Hildebrand notched 34 saves and allowed two goals. Phil Di Giuseppe took third star honors with the game winning goal.
Nagelvoort and Hildebrand each took first and second stars of the game respectively.
Michigan State falls to 8-11-3 overall for the season and 2-3-2 in conference play. They face the Wolverines again on Friday, this time on home ice in East Lansing, MI. The game will start at 6:30 pm Eastern Time and will air live on the Big Ten Network.
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