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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Spartans win Friday, Wolverines get 'W' Saturday

By Bob Miller/Michigan Beat Writer

One goal on Friday night and one more goal on Saturday night is all that separated rivals Michigan and Michigan State in weekend series between the two that started in Munn Arena and finished in overtime at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Michigan State took the series opener on Friday night, 3-2.

After Michigan opened an early 2-0 lead on goals by A.J. Treais and Kevin Lynch, Spartan defensman Torey Krug single-handedly pulled Michigan State even with a pair of goals. Matt Berry scored the game-winner for Michigan State at 4:07 of the third period and the Spartans held on for the home victory.

“I love playing these guys,” Krug told of in-state rival Michigan. “Everyone in our locker room loves playing these guys and they love playing us. When you're playing these games, it's not just for the people in the locker room. You're playing for Spartans everywhere.”

Michigan gained their revenge in front of an announced crowd of 20,066, but it took the Wolverines 1:50 longer than the Spartans needed on Friday.

Lynch's goal, at 1:50 of the overtime period, on a puck that had bounced crazily sending the Michigan junior forward in alone on Michigan State netminder Will Yanakeff gave Michigan a 3-2 victory of their own.

Treais scored Michigan's other two goals in the win Saturday.

“It was great,” Lynch said of the overtime game-winner. “I was having kind of a tough game. I cut my finger open during the warm-up, so I was battling through that a little bit. The goal made it a little better.”

“I know that Kevin (Lynch) has had a good record against Michigan State,” said Michigan head coach Red Berenson. “I know he has a good record at Joe Louis (Arena). They got one shift in overtime and bingo, so you never know.”

The weekend split moved Michigan into third place in the CCHA standings and lifted Michigan State into a tie with Lake Superior State for fifth place in the conference.

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