Justin Abdelkader's two goals and an assist helped the Spartans come from behind in Friday's contest. Michigan had jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before the Saprtans stormed back with five straight goals to put the game out of reach.
One of the highlights was sophomore Matt Schepke's first collegiate goal. ``At first I thought I missed," admitted Schepke. ``I heard the crowed roar, but I thought I missed. Then the horn went off and I don't remember much after that. It was a long time coming."
Abdelkader said MSU really fed off the Munn Arena crowd.
``We score a goal and they're going nuts. It's just an unbelievable atmosphere when we're feeding of their energy and they're feeding of ours. We need something like that in this arena every game to give us that 'seventh man'", he said
But it was the Maize-and-Blue who had their way in the rematch on Sunday as Kevin Porter (two goals, two assists) had a four point night on the way to a convincing 6-2 win for the Wolverines.
It appeared as if State was ready to make it a contest when they killed off a Michigan two-man advantage keyed by some solid goaltending by MSU netminder Jeff Lerg and briefly tied the game at two on Kennedy's second of the game.
But the Wolverines exploded with three more second period goals and then put it on cruise control to gain the split.
While Spartans coach Rick Comley wasn't pleased with the outcome Saturday night, he understands it's a long season.
"I think we showed this weekend that we're still a work in progress, and keep aiming to get better each week, each game. On the weekend, I thought we showed some good things, but we also saw some things that we need to address."
The Spartans (4-2-0, 2-2-0 CCHA) prepare for the invasion of the Ferris State Bulldogs for a home-and-home CCHA series. The first contest takes place Tuesday at the Munn Arena, while the rematch takes place in Big Rapids on Friday.
Check out GSN's Rob Bennett's preview of the Michigan State/Ferris opener.