Sure MSU won Friday, but Miami had not lost back to back games this season, and outplayed MSU the final fourteen minutes of MSU's Friday night win.
It certainly looked like Miami might be able to get back on track, but the Spartan's had other idea's and rode the emotion of Senior Day into a stunning 3-1 victory.
It actually turned out to be "junior" day on Senior Day, as junior's Tyler Howells, Chris Snavely, and Drew Miller starred for MSU.
Howells, who is among the league leaders in (+/-), had a huge night with 3-points, on a goal, and two assists. It was his seventh multiple-point game of the season.
Unlike last night, Miami started the game like they finished Friday, by putting pressure on the Spartans in an up and down game. Ryan Jones scored for the Redhawks to give Miami a 1-0 lead when his shot hit the post, but unfortunately bounced off the back of MSU goalie Jeff Lerg and across the goal line.
Miami drew confidence with this fast start, and drew two penalties on the Spartans, and started taking target practice on Lerg, who came up big to keep the contest at 1-0.
Keeping the Redhawks from getting a bigger lead seem to boost the confidence of the Spartans, who then took their turn, and had a 5-4 power play advantage, that turned into a 5-3 advantage when Bryan Lerg forced still another penalty.
With this two man advantage, Tyler Howells flipped a pass out front that was intended for Bryan Lerg, who was wrapped up by a defender out front. A fortuitous bounce landed the puck to Chris Snavely, who one-timed the puck into the net for a 1-1 tie.
It was Snavely's first goal of the season and it couldn't have come at a better time for MSU.
In the second period, hard work and smart play helped the Spartans, as Bryan Lerg, and Chris Mueller did some blue collar work. Mueller keeping a play onside with a balancing act, and Lerg doing gritty work in the corner battling for the puck.
Lerg got control of the puck and flipped it to Chris Mueller, who got the puck to Howells, who wristed a shot in from the slot for a 2-1 lead.
Then came the straw that broke the camels back. Howells was along the boards, and found a streaking Drew Miller, who redirected the puck in the net for a 3-1 lead near the end of the second period.
Having scored two goals scored upon them in the final 1:48 of the 2nd period had to be demoralizing for Miami at this point.
The third period was about more great goaltending as Miami goalie Jeff Zatkoff stopped MSU's Colton Fretter at point blank range early on.
Jeff Lerg then made two great saves to preserve the 3-1 victory on breakway attempts by Nathan Davis and Nino Musitelli.
This victory now ensures that MSU will have a first round bye in the CCHA playoffs.
MSU now stands at 19-10-7 overall and 13-7-6 in the CCHA. Miami fell to 21-7-4 overall and 18-6-2 in the CCHA.
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