MSU earns first win of season against Princeton
MSU won their first game of the season against Princeton Friday night, as the Spartans took control early and never let it go as they won their first game of the season, 6-2.
It started off with a power play goal by left wing senior Villiam Haag off fast 3:58 into the first period, his second of the season.
This was MSU’s third power play goal of the season, making their power play success rate now at .0968 percent for the season.
Haag was assisted by right wing sophomore Mason Appleton, who had two assists on the night making his point total five on the young season, which leads MSU.
Two MSU freshmen scored their first career goals Friday night; junior defenseman Carson Gatt and freshman left wing Taro Hirose. Left wings freshmen Logan Lambdin and Brennan Sanford, along with senior right wing Joe Cox made up the remaining three goals for MSU.
Out of the six goals MSU scored, four of them took place in the second period, along with the goals from Haag in the first and Cox in the third.
Princeton sophomore right wing Alex Richie scored the two goals for the Tigers, his first two goals of the season.
Besides those two goals, goaltender Ed Minney didn’t let much through as he had 21 saves with a .913 save percentage Friday night, compared to the Tigers goaltending senior Colton Phinney who ended the night with a .824 save percentage with 28 saves.
This was also Minney's first career win Friday night, which makes him 1-3-1 all time throughout his career at MSU.
Even with MSU scoring six goals, MSU led the game with seven penalties. Cox and freshman defenseman Mitch Eliot accounted for four of those penalties, which combined for Princeton's total penalty count.
However, MSU’s penalty kill unit succeeded in doing their job as they killed all seven of Princeton’s power plays, making their penalty kill unit 19 for 25 this season.
They also added a shorthanded goal from Hirose, which is their first shorthanded goal of the season.
MSU won the face-off battle as they outdid Princeton 37 to 33 and with this, also outshot the Tigers 34 to 23.
MSU is now 1-4 this season and is slated to take on Michigan Tech on Nov. 4-5 at Munn Ice Arena.