Spartans complete sweep of Nanooks

This weekend the Michigan State hockey team swept the Alaska Nanooks with a pair of 3-1 road victories. The sweep extends the Spartans winning streak to six and puts them at 4-0-0 in conference play for the first time under Rick Comley.

This weekend the Michigan State hockey team swept the Alaska Nanooks with a pair of 3-1 road victories. The sweep extends the Spartans winning streak to six and puts them at 4-0-0 in conference play for the first time under Rick Comley.

Friday night the Spartans were led by Tim Kennedy who netted a pair of power play goals. Alaska jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Tyler Eckford tipped an Adam Niglich shot past Jeff Lerg just five minutes in.

The Spartans would respond five minutes later on the power play when Kennedy took the Abdelkader feed and beat Alaska goalie Chad Johnson five-hole to tie the game.

It would stay that way until Kennedy netted the game winning goal early in the third when he received a Tim Crowder pass at the right circle and beat the Nanook net minder to put the Spartans up for good.

The Spartans were able to capitalize on the power play and relied on goalie Jeff Lerg who stopped 21 of 22 Alaska shots. Senior Dan Vukovic would add an empty net goal late to seal it for the Green-and-White.

Michigan State would get off to an early start Saturday night. Just five minutes in Bryan Lerg won an offensive zone face-off back to Freshman Jeff Petry who let a slap-shot go that beat Alaska goalie Wylie Rogers for his first college goal. Alaska would respond when Freshman Landon Novotney put a wrist shot past Jeff Lerg from the right circle with eight minutes left in the first period.

The game would stay tied until the 18:43 mark of the second when Vukovic scored a power play goal to put the Spartans up for good.

In the third Jeff Lerg was forced to make 11 of his 26 saves to perserve the victory. Kennedy would add an empty net goal late to make the final 3-1 for the second consecutive night.

Jeff Lerg had a strong weekend stopping 46 of 48 Nanooks shots. Offensivly the majority of their fire power came from Kennedy and Vukovic who had big weekends combining for nine points and five of the teams six goals.

Up next for the 6-1-0 Spartans is a non-conference tilt on home ice against Mercyhurst next weekend, before the show down with CCHA frontrunner Miami on November 15-16.

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