Michigan State (18-8-5, 14-5-3) lost to Northern Michigan 3-0 Saturday night, marking the first time this season the Spartans have been swept in an opponent's arena. After a month without a loss in January, the Spartans have dropped two in a row and three of four in February.
Michigan State came up empty on the power play against the Wildcats, going 0-5. For the series, the Spartans managed only one power play goal in 18 opportunities.
The game saw some holdover chippiness form the evening prior with a check from behind penalty on NMU's Matt Butcher early in the first period. He was given five minutes for the check and another 10 minutes in the form of a game misconduct penalty.
NMU lit the lamp, the only time they needed to, in the first period with a late goal by Matt Siddall. He added another in the second period.
The Spartan offense struggled for a second consecutive night in Marquette, Mich., generating 32 shots but failing to solve NMU goaltender Brian Stewart. Spartan forward Tim Kennedy now has failed to score a goal in 13 consecutive games, the longest drought of his career.
Spartan goalie Jeff Lerg made 26 saves on 23 shots.
Michigan State coach Rick Comley's record drops to 3-5 in Marquette against NMU, the team he used to coach.
Michigan State (31 points in the CCHA) lost an opportunity to gain on second place Miami (35) this weekend, who lost and tied conference-leader Michigan (36).
The Spartans will look to right the ship and build momentum for the CCHA tournament with a home-and-home series against last place Western Michigan Friday and Saturday.
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