Spartans Rebound With Big Win Over Nanooks

The MSU power play had all but disappeared on Friday, but Saturday, they found some power play magic and Drew Miller led the way in the Spartans 6-1 victory over UAF.

OKMOS,MI-The CCHA playoffs just got more interesting for Spartan fans as MSU did something few teams have been able to do against Alaska-Fairbanks, and that's score on the power play.

MSU, which lost Friday by the score of 2-1, put in four power play goals against the CCHA's top penalty killing team enroute to a 6-1 victory over the Nanooks. This now ties this series at one game a piece.

Drew Miller was the big offensive gun for the Spartans, getting a goal and three assists.

On this night, instead of playing from behind, MSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Jim McKenzie knocked in a rebound shot off the stick of Bryan Lerg.

The first period ended with MSU holding this one goal lead.

Chris Mueller scored halfway through the second period as he redirected a Ethan Graham shot home to give MSU a 2-0 lead.

Drew Miller who assisted on the first two MSU goals, scored himself just seconds later, as Miller scored on the high side of Wylie Rogers glove on a breakway off a blue line turnover. This gave MSU a 3-0 lead.

UAF started taking penalties over the final minutes of the second period leading to two more MSU goals.

Tim Crowder, who was screening in front of Rogers, deflected in a goal off a one-timer off the stick of Corey Potter to make it 4-0 MSU.

Bryan Lerg then got enough of the puck to make the score 5-0 after Miller dumped the puck into the corner.

The start of the third period saw the Spartans score again on another power play just less than a minute into the third period against new UAF goaltender Chad Johnson.

Chris Lawrence took a cross ice pass for MSU and flipped it in to make the score 6-0 Spartans.

Tyler Jones added a goal from right in front of the net for the lone goal for UAF and the final margin of 6-1.

Jeff Lerg made 30 saves for MSU who now own a 21-11-8 record this year.

Tommorrow marks the third and decisive game in this series. Faceoff is set for 7:05pm.

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