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Icers split weekend series with Bowling Green


Freshman center Matt DeBlouw (left) races freshman right wing Mark Cooper of Bowling Green State to the puck Nov. 2, 2012, at Munn Ice Arena. The final score was 1-0, with Bowling Green coming out on top. Katie Stiefel/State News

For the second consecutive weekend, the MSU hockey team (3-4-1 overall, 2-2-0 CCHA) split its weekend, walking away with a loss Friday night and a win Saturday.

This weekend’s games were against CCHA opponent Bowling Green, who stopped the Spartans short of a winning streak that MSU was looking to kick off.

Despite 29 shots throughout three periods on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena, MSU was unable to rebound from Bowling Green’s first-period goal, which was fired from the blue line by defenseman Connor Kucera past MSU freshman goaltender Jake Hildebrand.

Twenty-four shots and many key saves later, Hildebrand earned himself MSU’s only spot on the list of the game’s three stars. MSU walked away with a 1-0 loss that night.

On Saturday evening, a state away, the Spartans took Bowling Green’s home ice with a vengeance, looking for redemption from its early-weekend loss.

Sophomore forward Matt Berry and junior forward Lee Reimer got MSU off to an early start, each netting a power-play goal in the first period. On top of his goal, Berry had three assists.

Following suit, freshman forward Michael Ferrantino and junior forward Greg Wolfe scored power-play goals in the second and third periods, respectively.

Ferrantino’s goal was his first collegiate goal and point.

Freshman forward Matt DeBlouw also had a huge night, making major contributions to what would end up being a 6-1 win. He had two goals and two assists that night.

Head coach Tom Anastos told msuspartans.com that DeBlouw was a “real force” for the team that night.

MSU will take on in-state rival Michigan Friday and Saturday nights. Friday’s game will be in Ann Arbor, and the Spartans and Wolverines will head to East Lansing for Saturday’s game.

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