MSU Icers Beat Lake Superior State 3-2

The Michigan State hockey team was able to beat Lake Superior State 3-2 Thursday and win it's sixth game in a row, and is now close to finishing in 2nd place by themselves.

OKEMOS,MI-The MSU hockey team defeated Lake Superior State by the score of 3-2, and now needs just one more point to lock up sole possession of second place finish in the CCHA.

If Ferris State can get one point from Michigan, it would also achieve the same goal without MSU having to win their next game.

Jeff Lerg was again solid in goal for MSU, as the Spartans fought a early letdown after a big series against Miami last weekend.

Lerg was named as the number one star of the game after stopping 28 shots, many on power play opportunities.

MSU started the scoring on a shot from Ethan Graham that was deflected in by Chris Mueller. The play involved a delayed penalty on LSSU, and also was MSU's first shot of the night.

The Lakers, who lost two games last weekend, were fired up on Senior Night and trying to send their twelve seniors out with a victory by putting a lot of early pressure on the Spartan defense.

LSSU forced the issue, and drew penalties on MSU, but Lerg was brillant, keeping the Lakers scoreless and helping the Spartans take a 1-0 lead into the dressing room after one period.

The beginning of the 2nd period saw the Spartans yet again draw more penalties early on. LSSU tied the game with a 4 on 3 advantage, when leading scorer Trent Campbell flipped a redirect shot home to knot the score at 1-1.

A few minutes later, Tyler Howells, who had a big weekend last week, and was named "Big Ten Defensive Player Of The Week" for his work against Miami, fired a shot that was stuffed back in the net on a rebound shot by Bryan Lerg, to give MSU a 2-1 lead.

Just 20 seconds later, MSU's Drew Miller fired a shot from the slot that caught the inside post and crossed over the line for a 3-1 Spartan advantage.

The game went back and forth until the third period, when LSSU, so dangerous short-handed as mentioned in the preview, stung MSU on a Spartan power play.

Trent Campbell was able to get a pass to Nathan Ward, who lifted the puck high into the net to cut the Spartans lead to 3-2.

Down the stretch it looked like the Lakers might tie the game, but Jeff Lerg made 10 saves in the third to help the Spartans hang on to victory.

Amazingly, 24 of LSSU's 30 shots came on the power play.

The two teams play at the Joe Louis Arena on Saturday at 2:05pm


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