EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University hockey team again for the second night was in the game with the Michigan State Spartans, but fell 3-2. NMU was down 2-0 after the first period of play and scored a goal in each of the second and third periods to tie the game at two-all. MSU added a goal later in the third period for the win.
NMU still in search of its first Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) win falls to 1-5 overall and 0-4 in the conference. The Spartans are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the CCHA.
Bryan Lerg gave the home team a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 1:39 of the first period. MSU would add another power-play goal by Tim Kennedy about 12 minutes later (13:34) to make it 2-0.
NMU scored its own power-play marker to cut the lead to 2-1 when Nick Sirota knocked home his fourth of the season at 16:05 of the second period. Matt Butcher and TJ Miller assisted. Jared Brown tied the game at two-all when he scored a power-play goal at 7:43 of the third period for his third of the season. Erik Gustafsson and Gregor Hanson assisted.
The tie was not that long as Michael Ratchuck scored the Spartans third power-play goal of the night, which turned out to be the game-winner, at 8:37 of the final frame. MSU had four power-play opportunities on the night. NMU was 2-5 with the extra skater.
NMU did have the advantage on shots at 35-26. Derek Janzen was between the pipes for the ‘Cats as he had 23 saves for the game. Jeff Lerg of MSU had 33 saves.
The ‘Cats will be home next weekend (Nov. 2-3) for a CCHA clash with the Miami RedHawks. The puck will drop both nights at 7:35 p.m.
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