Nebraska-Omaha skate past MSU with sweep

"We hit these to two games and we looked physically and mentally tired, we just have to get through this stretch" --MSU coach Rick Comley, after the Mavericks 3-2 O.T. victory to complete the weekend sweep of the Spartans.

East Lansing - What happened to the MSU hockey team?

In the middle of an eight game stretch in fifteen days, Nebraska-Omaha came into Munn Ice Arena this past weekend winless in conference play at 0-4 while MIchigan State ranked sixth in the nation and on a four game unbeaten streak.

But instead, the Mavericks stunned the Spartans by sweeping Michigan State 5-4 and 3-2 in overtime.

The game were eerily similar, MSU jumped out at to an early one-goal lead at the exact time both nights; 3:14 of the first period.

In both instances the Green and White were unable to capitalize on their early success and hold on to a lead.

Friday, the failure of the MSU skaters to back check coupled with turnovers gave the Mavericks open shooting lanes on goaltender Dominic Vacari and UNO capitalized on those opportunities.

Forwards Scott Parse and Bill Thomas lead the offensive outburst as the Mavericks scored three consecutive goals in the second period.

The fourth line for Nebraska-Omaha consisting of Dan Charleston, J.P. Platisha and defensemen Jason Krischuck hurt MSU, scoring four goals in the third period, giving the Mavericks a 7-4 victory helping to salt away UNO's first win of the season.

MSU again could not take advantage of their opportunities in Saturday's game, going 0-3 on the power play. UNO winger Dan Charleston continued his hot play, matching MSU Chris Mueller's shorthanded goal with one of his own, and then scoring on a power play, beating MSU freshmen goaltender Jeff Lerg top shelf, to give his team a 2-1 advantage

Spartan forward Jim Mckenzie tied the game with his fifth goal of the season thanks to an assist from Bryan Lerg (team-leading thirteen assists).

When it appears MSU would salvage a tie from their series, they turned the puck over behind their own net, gaving UNO winger Bill Thomas a wide open net for the winning tally with just :27.2 seconds remaining

This marks the first sweep for UNO over MSU at Munn Ice Arena in team history.

There is no rest for the weary for the now 5-3-2 Michigan State hockey team looks to improve their 2-2-2 conference record this Tuesday in Columbus against Ohio St.

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