EAST LANSING, Mich. – The No. 20 Northern Michigan hockey team was defeated 2-1 by No. 18 Michigan State in its Central Collegiate Hockey Association series finale with the Spartans on Saturday (Jan. 14) evening from Munn Ice Arena.
With the loss, NMU is now 10-8-5 overall and 6-7-5-2 in the CCHA. The Wildcats are tied with the Spartans for seventh in the conference standings with 25 points.
Junior forward Matt Thurber scored the lone Wildcat goal 4:48 into the first period to put NMU up 1-0. It was his second of the weekend and seventh of the season. Junior defensemen Kyle Follmer and Scott Macaulay picked up assists on the goal.
Matt Berry answered for the Spartans 11 minutes later to tie the game at one. Torey Krug picked up his first of two assists on the night and Brett Perlini added the secondary helper.
The Spartans took the 2-1 lead as Brock Shelgren scored the game-winner at 8:02 of the second period. Assisting on the goal were Krug and Tanner Sorenson.
Northern pulled sophomore goaltender Jared Coreau in the final minute of regulation but was unable to get the game-tying goal like Friday night.
Coreau stopped 28 Spartan shots and is now 6-3-2 on the season. Will Yanakef started for State and recorded 23 saves.
The Wildcats were 0-for-4 on the power-play and State was 0-for-3, including a two-minute five on three advantage.
NMU finished the regular season 1-2-1 against MSU after the two teams split in Marquette in November.
Northern continues its five-game January road trip next weekend at Michigan Tech for its final non-conference game of the season. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. for the John MacInnes Ice Arena.
Game Notes: The two teams tied 5-5 on Friday night with MSU winning the shootout (1-0)…Follmer and Macaulay ended the weekend with three points each.
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