The eighth-ranked Michigan State Spartans completed its first weekend sweep of No. 12 Northern Michigan since 2001 with a 5-0 victory Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena.
Spartan goaltender Dominic Vicari registered his 14th career shutout and first against the Wildcats with a 15-save performance. The triumph bolstered the Green and White's record to 5-1-1 on the season.
"It felt good to get a shutout," said Vicari. "And with the win and the sweep it makes it even better."
Colton Fretter, Zak McClellan (first collegiate goal), Bryan Lerg, captain Drew Miller and Tim Crowder (pictured) all scored for MSU. Fretter, Lerg and Miller all added an assist as well.
"I really don't remeber what I did after the goal, I was so excited," said McClellan. "I just remember all the guys coming together. It's a great feeling and nice reward to see that puck land there."
Wildcats' goalie Bill Zaniboni made 11 saves through 26:45 and was relieved by Derek Janzen after Lerg's goal. Janzen finished with five stops.
"We got out-played tonight, we got out-coached tonight and we got out-goaltended," NMU head coach Walt Kyle said. "They've got a very good team and we knew that coming in. Tonight, to their credit, I thought they took a lot of stuff away from us."
Friday night, Crowder scored 2:30 into overtime to give MSU a 5-4 win. Crowder's overtime goal materialized as Potter fed Ethan Graham in the Michigan State zone. Graham then sprung Crowder on a breakaway and he put the puck in the top corner past Zaniboni.
"He's got that long stick and that long reach," MSU head coach Rick Comley said of Crowder's game-winner. "When he gets in that position he usually scores."
Miller, Jim McKenzie, Chris Lawrence and Corey Potter added goals for the Spartans. Rob Lehtinen, Mike Santorelli, captain Nathan Oystrick and Darin Olver scored for NMU.
Vicari made 18 saves and Zaniboni stopped 17.
Michigan State's next action will come tomorrow versus Ferris State at Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. The Wildcats host Michigan this weekend.