Hockey: Michigan Beats Michigan State 5-2 to complete Weekend Sweep

The Michigan Men’s Hockey team coming off a rival victory from Friday over Michigan State traveled to Detroit to Little Caesar’s Arena for the Dual in the D rematch against the Spartans.  All year long Michigan has kept the brooms in the closet as the team had never been able to achieve a sweep until this Saturday. Michigan defeated the Michigan State Spartans 5-2 before 15,158 at the game in Detroit and it started out well for the Wolverines in the first period.

Sophomore forward Dakota Raabe opened the scoring for the Wolverines with his 5th goal of the season with assists from Quinn Hughes and Nolan Moyle. With the game going back and forth Michigan State was called for a penalty in the first period for boarding junior forward  Will Lockwood recorded his 13th  goal 2 in two nights for Lockwood. On the second goal assists from Nick Pastujov and Quinn Hughes provided Michigan a first period lead of 2-0.

The second period both teams had scoring chances with Michigan having 11-10 shots on goal over the Spartans, however, could not light up the light behind Spartan freshman goalie Drew De Ridder. Coach Pearson also changed up the Saturday night goaltender starting freshman Strauss Mann who seemed to play very well on Saturday’s after relieving Hayden Lavigne who had been doing Friday and Saturday.

The third period had action early with freshman Nolan Moyle using his speed to break up a Spartan pass and shot an unassisted backhand goal past MSU goalie Drew DeRidder to give Michigan the 3-0 lead and things looked well for the Wolverines. Michigan had been able to check the high flying line of the Spartans all night but Mitch Lewandowski tapped in a rebound pass Mann to cut the lead to 3-1 at 6:50. The Spartans started to get back into the game looking for hope to get the game tied up and again Mitch Lewandowski produced his 15th goal of the season with assists from Jerad Rosburg and Dennis Cesana to get the score to 3-2 with 4 minutes left.

With Michigan State pulling goalie Drew DeRidder for the extra attacker redshirt sophomore forward Luke Morgan scored an empty net goal to cushion the Wolverine lead to 4-2. Freshman Nolan Moyle provided the 5th goal and open net goal his 2nd of the game 4th for the season to secure the 5-2 Wolverine Victory the third consecutive “Iron D” trophy. This important win moves the Wolverines to second place in the Big Ten standings with 5 games left and is the first back to back win since November.

Michigan has little time to celebrate the win as they will play Notre Dame Tuesday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena at Notre Dame 7 pm.