Spartans Win Series Against Alaska-Fairbanks

MSU was in a must win situation last night and tonight and pulled it off as they beat UAF and advance to the next round of the CCHA playoffs.

OKEMOS,MI-MSU had to win last night and tonight or be eliminated, and they did just that, continuing their offensive outburst with seven goals in a 7-4 victory over Alaska-Fairbanks, taking the quarterfinal series at two games to one.

Drew Miller, just as he was last night, was the star as he bagged a hat trick in this game after having a goal and three assists on Friday.

UAF grabbed the early lead when the Nanooks Kelly Czuy slipped one past Jeff Lerg to put the Nanooks ahead 1-0.

Chris Mueller then scored for MSU just moments later from the slot to tie the game a 1-1.

Drew Miller then changed momentum for MSU when he scored a short-handed goal. With UAF on the power play, they turned it over and Chris Mueller, who has played well lately, picked it up and started a 2 on 1 rush for MSU. Mueller then fed Miller who found the net to give MSU a 2-1 lead, which is how the first period ended.

The second period saw Ethan Graham of MSU extend MSU's lead to 3-1 with a beautiful slap shot after he was trailing the play.

Aaron Lee of UAF cut the lead to 3-2 when he beat MSU goalie Jeff Lerg low glove side.

Just seconds later, David Booth deked a defensemen and wristed a shot past UAF goalie Wylie Rogers to put MSU up 4-2.

Drew Miller then stole the puck and raced to the net with Jim McKenzie who gave him a return feed. After Miller's intial shot was blocked, he put the rebound home to give MSU a 5-2, which was the score as the second period ended.

Aaron Lee of UAF scored his second goal of the night in the 3rd period to cut MSU's lead to 5-3 when he sent home a rebound off a kick save.

Corey Potter then gave MSU some breathing room when sent home a high glove side shot into the net to give MSU a 6-3 lead.

Braden Wells then scored for UAF to cut the lead to 6-4 when he threw a shot on net that Jeff Lerg got a piece of, but it fell behind him, and across the line for a Nanook goal.

Drew Miller closed out the scoring with another goal to give the Spartans the 7-4 victory.

MSU, now 22-11-8, will face Michigan next as the 'Road to The Joe' continues for MSU. Faceoff is scheduled for 8pm next Friday night.

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