Monday, January 26, 2015

Spartans Sweep Buckeyes at Munn

For the first time in more than a year, Michigan State managed to sweep an opponent.

The Spartans recorded a two-step sweep of Big Ten opponent Ohio State on Friday and Saturday at Munn Ice Arena, besting the visiting Buckeyes by 4-1 and 2-0 scores, respectively. The last time MSU swept an opponent was Jan. 17-18, 2014 against visiting Penn State by 3-0 and 3-2 scores.

Brett Darnell scored the game-winning goal and also had two assists for MSU in Friday’s win, while Jake Hildebrand made 33 saves for the Spartans.  The next night, Darnell scored an insurance marker on a power play after Ryan Keller had put MSU ahead late in the second period. Hildebrand made 22 stops on Saturday as MSU finished the weekend 2-for-6 overall with a man advantage.

MSU now sits at 9-11-2 overall (3-3-2 Big Ten) and has also moved up to third place in the conference, while OSU fell to 7-13-2 (2-6-0). The Spartans return to action against archrival Michigan on Friday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, where the Wolverines posted a 2-1 win on Dec. 29 in the 2014 Great Lakes Invitational championship game.

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