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Spartans, Minney Shut Out Michigan on the Road, 3-0
ANN ARBOR - A 24-save performance by Ed Minney and a pair of goals from the Spartans’ fourth line lifted the Michigan State hockey team past Michigan, 3-0, on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena. The shutout was the first of Minney’s career and first for the Spartans at Yost since January 2008.
“I thought it started in goal,” MSU head coach Tom Anastos said. “Ed Minney came up big, especially early. I thought he was a really good penalty-killer for us tonight; it was nice to see him get his first shutout.”
A power play less than two minutes into the first period gave the Spartans an early opportunity to get on the board and they did just that as Sam Saliba scored at the 3:03 mark. A shot by Taro Hirose’ bounced off the boards behind the net and over to Thomas Ebbing on the side of the crease, who jammed the puck back in front where Saliba put it in the net.
MSU (5-15-1, 1-6) outshot the Wolverines, 12-9, in the opening period and continued the offensive pressure to start the second, generating several quality chances in the early going.
The Spartans were eventually able to extend the lead to 2-0 with 6:35 to play in the second when Chris Knudson picked the perfect time to get the first goal of his career.
Brennan Sanford brought the puck into the Michigan end down the left side and threw a shot at the net from behind the goal line. Crashing the net, Knudson was able to get a stick on the puck and knock it past goaltender Jack LaFontaine.
“It felt really good to get out there and contribute,” said Knudson, who was playing in his first game of the season. “Just go out there and do the little things right and give my all out there.”
Minney helped keep the Wolverines off the board in the second with six saves on a pair of U-M power plays – one at the beginning and end of the period. In total, the Spartans extinguished four Michigan power plays on the night.
“Overall, I think it was a good 60-minute game for everybody,” Minney said. “Against Michigan, it gives us a lot of confidence, so we’re pretty excited.”
The Spartans’ fourth line of Knudson, Sanford and Connor Wood struck again midway through the third period to extend the MSU lead to 3-0.
Sanford picked up a loose puck in the left corner and sent a pass in front to Wood, who beat LaFontaine with a shot from the slot with 10:35 to play.
“Those guys had a really good night for us,” Anastos said. “They added a lot of depth and energy. Obviously, Chris Knudson’s goal was a real inspiration to his teammates. We were hoping by putting him in the lineup it might add a little inspiration.”
MSU outshot the Wolverines (8-12-1, 1-6) in two of three periods and 29-24 for the game.
The Spartans and Wolverines will square off again Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena at 7 p.m.