Icers Fall Hard at North Dakota: 6-0

The Spartans, who came into the game ranked third in the nation, fell to the top ranked Fighting Sioux 6-0 in front of a crowd 11,738 at the Palace in Grand Forks.

GRAND FORKS, ND --Michigan State began their season against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux in the annual US Hockey Hall of Fame game.

The Spartans, who came into the game ranked third in the nation, fell to the top ranked Fighting Sioux 6-0 in front of a crowd 11,738 at the Palace in Grand Forks.

North Dakota struck at the 10:02 mark of the first period when junior T.J. Oshie took the feed from last years Hobey Baker winner Ryan Duncan to beat Spartan goalie Jeff Lerg.

With 6:08 left in the third Oshie was called for a five minute major for cross checking, a penalty that comes with an automatic game misconduct. This left ND without one of their top forwards.

With just over three minutes left in the first period and ND on the power play, a Duncan centering pass careened off Dustin Gazely's right skate and found its way past Lerg sending the Spartans into the locker room trailing 2-0.

In the second period the Fighting Sioux would add to their lead when Taylor Chorney dumped the puck deep into Spartan territory. The puck squirted out just in front of Lerg and Chris Vandeveld was in the right place at the right time to put his team up 3-0.

The Spartan opened the third period with a barrage of shots on senior goalie Philippe Lamoureax but to no avail.

A Spartan turnover led to a three-on-one and freshman Matt Frattin beat Lerg between the "five-hole" with a shot from the right circle to put this one out of reach.

North Dakota would score twice more in the final four minutes for the 6-0 victory.

Michigan State will look to bounce back on home ice when Colgate comes to town next Friday.

The Spartans National Championship banners will be raised prior to the 7:05 start.

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