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EAST LANSING, Mich. â€Ã‚“ Michigan State scored twopower-play goals within the first 13 minutes of the game to take a leadearly.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats made it a game bytying it up at three-all at the end of two periods of play.  But, the Spartans would score four goals inthe third period to put the game away and pick up the  7-4 CCHA win on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena.  With the loss the â€Ã‚˜Cats have yet to pick upa win at Munn Ice Arena since coming back into the CCHA.  NMU is now 15-14-2 overall on the season and11-11-1 in the CCHA.  MSU improves to18-11-2 and 14-8-1.

John-Michael Liles and Jim Slater scored the power-playgoals at 1:30 and 12:54 of the opening period respectively.  Bryce Cockburn scored a goal for the â€Ã‚˜Catsbetween the Spartans goals.  ForCockburn it was his 10th of the season as Juha Alen assisted.  MSU made it 3-1 when Brian Maloney scored at16:24 of the first period.

Alan Swanson got the â€Ã‚˜Cats back into the game with two goalsin the second period. Ã‚  His first goalof the night came at 9:46 of the second period for his sixth of theseason.  Justin Kinnunen assisted.  Less than 10 minutes later he scored hissecond of the night and seventh of the year to tie the game up atthree-all.  Kinnunen assisted again onSwansonâ€Ã‚™s goal, as did Nathan Oystrick. Swanson picked up first star of the game honors for his play.

The opening of the third period saw the Spartans score 28seconds into the period to take control of the game (4-3).  MSU would add one more goal in the period tomake it 5-3.  Mike Stutzel made it 5-4when he scored a goal at the 18:29 mark of the third period when Criag Kowalskiwas pulled and the â€Ã‚˜Cats had an extra attacker. Chris Gobert and Matt Ciancioassisted.  The Spartans added two emptynet goals for the final margin.

Kowalski had 29 saves on the night for the â€Ã‚˜Cats.  Matt Migliaccio for MSU had 27 saves on theevening.  NMU went another game withoutscoring on the power play as they had two opportunities and came up empty.  NMU has now gone 21 power plays withoutscoring a goal over six plus games.  TheSpartans had five more shots than the â€Ã‚˜Cats at 36-31.

The two teams square off again on Saturday night (Feb. 22)at Munn Ice Arena.



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director