Q2 Surge Powers #1 Wolverines over #9 Spartans

MSU answered at 11:32 to cut the lead to four on another transition tally, before earning back-to-back man-up chances that the Wolverines were able to kill. The Spartans scored at 4:50 however on yet another transition tally that resulted in a one-on-one as Michigan clung to a 10-7 lead entering the final frame.

Just over a minute into the fourth quarter, U-M took two slashing penalties on the same play, resulting in a two man-up chance for the Spartans. The Maize and Blue were up to the task however, with junior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) coming up with two big saves during the Michigan State opportunity.

Another Michigan penalty five minutes later resulted in another Spartan man-up chance but this time they were able to find the back of the net on a low shot from just above the left GLE to cut the lead to 10-8 with 7:25 left in the game.

Rogers netted Michigan it's first goal since 13:23 of the third to regain the three-goal lead with 4:24 left in the fourth. Up three with time winding down, the Wolverines were able to maintain possession in the final minutes as U-M earned the 11-8 win; it's 11th of the season and eighth over a ranked opponent.

Statistically, Michigan won every category. U-M outshot MSU 36-26, and scooped up a total of 56 groundballs compared to 28 by Michigan State. U-M was 15 of 22 on faceoffs, and cleared the ball with ease going 18-22 while riding the Spartans to 16-34 totals. The Maize and Blue scored on their lone man-up attempt with Michigan State scoring only once on six chances.

The Wolverines will practice throughout the upcoming week before participating in the CCLA conference between May 1-2 at Saline High School, in Saline, Michigan. The Maize and Blue will kick off the weekend with a semi-final match on Saturday (May 1) at 4:00pm EST. Their opponent is yet to be decided.

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2010-04-25



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