New Head Coach Adam Nightingale stampped one of his first signature wins in the newly renovated Munn Ice Arena Friday night with a grinding 2-1 win over Michigan.
The 339th meeting of No. 12 Michigan State and No. 6 Michigan hockey got off to an intense start with both teams fighting for possession of the puck.
Playing to a crowd of 6,555 fans, both teams had just two shots each seven minutes into the first period. Halfway through the first both teams recorded four shots on goal each.
The Spartans had a couple close opportunities including a shot from Tanner Kelly at the 12:50 mark, but was unable to find the back of the net.
Michigan drew blood first after 15 minutes of even skating thanks to a goal by forward T.J. Hughes. Despite putting up the first point, the Wolverines had seven shots to MSU’s nine.
MSU got its first power play in two weeks after Michigan forward Dylan Duke took a trip to the box on a two-minute call for tripping.
Just a minute later, junior forward Nico Müller slid into Michigan’s goal post, resulting in a tussle between the rivals. Müller and Michigan defenseman Jacob Truscott were both called for roughing, but Müller got an additional slashing penalty to negate the Spartan power play.
Fifth-year defenseman Cole Krygier notched a short-handed goal, his fifth of the season, with less than three minutes left in the period to tie the game 1-1 before both teams headed into the locker room for first intermission.
Both teams had some 4-on-4 action when graduate defenseman Michael Underwood and Michigan’s Mark Estapa were sent to the box for two minutes each, Underwood on a cross-checking call and Estapa for slashing.