By Matt Mackinder / Michigan State Beat Writer
The Michigan State Spartans had to settle for two ties last weekend on home ice during the College Hockey Showcase against Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Tim Kennedy netted a shorthanded goal with 7:19 left in the game to even the score and force a 3-3 tie with Minnesota on Friday night.
“I thought the kids reacted well and they worked very hard,” MSU head coach Rick Comley said. “We had a lot of good scoring chances, as did they, but I thought it was a good game. They are a good team, minus a few really good players. They get up the ice quick, but I thought we got even better as the game went on.”
Andrew Rowe and Chris Mueller scored the other goals for MSU and Jeff Lerg made 19 saves.
Saturday night, senior captain Bryan Lerg and Matt Schepke scored two goals apiece and Chris Mueller and Dustin Gazley recorded two assists each as Michigan tied Wisconsin, 4-4, after having a 4-2 third-period advantage.
“You're up 4-2 with ten minutes to go and when you don't get it done, it's pretty frustrating,” Bryan Lerg said. “We had a really good first two periods, and then the third period. I think we registered maybe four shots and that is something we can't have. We have to have the third period be our best period.”
Jeff Lerg stopped 33 for the Spartans.
Michigan State (8-3-2, 4-2-0 CCHA) heads to Lake Superior State this weekend.