MARQUETTE, Mich. – A familiar face was at the Berry Events Center on Friday night. Rick Comley brought his Michigan State University Spartans into town to battle the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. Another showdown was on the ice between the mentor (Comley) and the student (Walt Kyle). When the final buzzer sounded the Spartans went off the ice with a 3-2 win. “I thought it was a real good game. It was a very competitive game,” Kyle said. “Both goalies played well, both teams played well.”
The ‘Cats have now lost four straight as they now are 7-9-2 overall on the season and 4-6-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). MSU improves to 8-7-1 and 6-5-1 respectively.
Chris Mueller scored the first two goals for MSU to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead. His first goal came at 19:23 of the first period. Mueller’s second goal was on a penalty shot at 8:02 of the second period. It was the first successful penalty shot against NMU since Feb. 22, 2002.
Pat Bateman made the score 2-1 with his third goal of the season at 12:32 of the third period. Mike Santorelli assisted on the goal. MSU scored an empty-net goal at 19:18 of the final frame by Justin Abdelkader to take the 3-1 lead. Forty seconds later Matt Maunu scored his fourth goal of the season for the final count. TJ Miller and Tim Hartung assisted. Maunu had a grand total of three goals entering the 2006-07 season.
Bill Zaniboni turned away 19 shots on the night. His counterpart from MSU, Jeff Lerg, had 21 saves for the game. NMU had 10 power play chances on the evening and converted one for a goal. MSU was shutout on six power play opportunities.
Shots were almost even as the ‘Cats had one more than the Spartans at 23-22.
The two teams will go at it again on Saturday night (Dec. 9) at the Berry Events Center with the puck dropping at 7:35 p.m.
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