EAST LANSING- A week after Michigan State defeated and tied the nation's top team, the Spartans were stunned on their home ice by middle-of-the-pack Nebraska-Omaha, falling 5-4 in overtime on Friday night.
The Spartans fell behind early. Within five minutes, Nebraska-Omaha forward Jeric Agosta beat Spartan goalie Jeff Lerg.
However, the Spartans responded twice before the end of the first period. Braking the seal for the Spartans was forward Justin Abdelkader with his first of two goals on the evening. Then on the power play freshman forward Corey Tropp netted his sixth goal of the year to give Michigan State a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
The Mavericks scored early again, this time just 48 seconds into the second period when Mick Lawrence took the puck in the high slot and beat Lerg glove-side to tie the game at two.
The game remained tied until UNO forward Brandon Scero streaked down the right side and let a seemingly harmless backhand go from a bad angle that beat Lerg five-hole to put the Mavericks up 3-2 after 40 minutes.
The Mavericks struck again five minutes into the third period. After Lerg stopped an initial shot, forward Nick Fanto took the rebound and put it past a helpless Lerg to put Nebraska-Omaha up 4-2.
The game remained that way until Spartan forward Justin Abdelkader took the puck in the high slot and beat Maverick net-minder Jarad Kaufmann top shelf to put the Spartans within one goal.
The Spartans continued to trail late into the third period when they pulled goalie Jeff Lerg for an extra attacker. The move paid off with just over one minute remaining when the Spartans tied the game on a Bryan Lerg goal, sending the game into overtime.
In overtime the Spartans drew an early penalty on Mavericks forward Dan Charleston, but were unable to capitalize with the man advantage.
Following the Spartan penalty kill, Charleston took the puck as he streaked out of the penalty box. Charleston pulled Lerg with a beautiful deak and let a back hand go that bounced off the right post into the back of the net, handing the Spartans a 5-4 loss.
The loss is the Spartans first in conference play in twelve games and also the team's first loss of the calendar year. The Spartans return to the ice this afternoon at Munn against the Mavericks, who have now won six straight road games.
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