The 3rd ranked Michigan Wolverines (2-1-1) enjoyed a fine three-point weekend at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.
On Friday night the Wolverines skated to a 4-4 tie with the 7th ranked New Hampshire Wildcats. Senior Jason Ryznar and junior Jeff Tambellini led Michigan with a goal and assist each while junior netminder Al Montoya turned aside 24 shots in net.
Saturday the Maize and Blue dominated play in a 5-2 victory over the St. Lawrence Saints. Senior defenseman Eric Werner picked up a goal and two assists and Montoya stopped 23 of 25 shots.
The Wolverines will move on to face CCHA rival Lake Superior in a home-and-home series beginning on Thursday in the Sault and concluding on Saturday at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Spartans Split ‘em Up
The Michigan State Spartans (1-1-0) had an up and down opening weekend against non-conference opponents at the Munn Arena in East Lansing.
The Spartans started slow on Friday as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the St. Lawrence Saints. Michigan State out shot the Saints, 38-34, but senior Ash Goldie’s first period marker was their lone success. Senior Matt Migliaccio got the nod in net for game one and stopped 31 of 34 shots in the loss. MSU also did themselves in with a dismal 0-11 power-play effort.
The Green and White rebounded on Sunday afternoon as they upset the 7th ranked New Hampshire Wildcats, 5-1. Junior Colton Fretter led the Spartans with a pair of goals while sophomore Dominic Vicari steered away 30 of 31 shots. MSU also regrouped with a 2-4 showing with the man advantage.
The Spartans will now head “Up North” for a pair of conference games against the Northern Michigan Wildcats at the Berry Events Center in Marquette on Friday and Saturday evening.