T.J. Hensick broke a 1-1 tie 6:28 into the third period and Michigan held on for a 2-1 win over Michigan State last night at Yost Ice Arena.
"Kevin Porter found me in the slot and luckily I got in behind the defense," said Hensick of his game-winner. "With (MSU goalie Jeff) Lerg being as short as he is, he left open the upstairs over his glove. I'm not sure how it went in, but I just shot there, and it went in. It was a good feeling. I haven't scored in a while. My last goal was against Michigan State, actually. It was good to get back on the scoreboard."
Porter scored the other goal for the Wolverines and goalie Billy Sauer (pictured) made 24 saves, allowing only a Tim Kennedy goal in the first minute of the second period.
Four of Kennedy's seven goals this season have come against Michigan.
Lerg finished with 26 saves for MSU.
The Wolverines (10-3-0, 7-2-0 CCHA) have put together a six-game winning streak, dating back to its defeat of the Spartans (6-4-1, 4-4-1 CCHA) back on Nov. 4.
"It was a hard-fought game by both teams," U-M head coach Red Berenson said. "We weren't having our best game, but we got better as the game went on. It was a gut-check type game. Somehow, the referee put us on our heels in the last period. We had to kill off at least three penalties and that's a tough way to have to play at home. But we did it. We killed those penalties and we got the goaltending. It was a good team goal. The winning goal was something you can't coach, but you can recruit."
Both the Wolverines and Spartans head to the College Hockey Showcase this weekend to play at Wisconsin and at Minnesota.