Michigan Hockey: Michigan State at Michigan — Game 1 Recap
Michigan romps over MSU last night at Yost arena- biggest win over MSU since a 9-2 win at Yost in 1981 and a 8-1 win over State at JLA in 1996.
Andrew Sinelli scored a natural hat trick (three straight goals for Michigan) in the win- the junior forward/defenseman now has 7 career goals.
The Wolverines jumped out to a quick lead inside of two minutes on a Derek DeBlois goal from a feed from Alex Guptill. Luke Moffatt made a great individual effort breaking up a pass in his zone and racing up the right side past the defense to bury his 10th goal of the season for a 2-0 lead. State countered with a Matt Berry PPG to cut the lead to 2-1 at the break.
Michigan took over in the 2nd period, as they outshot the Spartans 11-1. Zach Hyman deflected a Guptill shot for a PPG and a 3-1 lead. Phil Di Giuseppe fired a shot off of a Spartan skate for a 4-1 lead. Sinelli came off the bench in time to race up into the MSU end and wrist a shot off a defenders stick up and over MSU starting netminder Jake Hildebrand’s shoulder for a 5-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Hildebrand was replaced by senior Will Yanakeff who yielded Sinelli’s second goal of the night- a rebound blast into an empty net from the right circle- for a 6-1 lead. Sinelli finished off his career night with another 5×3 PP goal- a nice one time bullet from the left circle off of a feed from Kevin Clare.
The Spartans got chippy in the 3rd period taking several runs at Michigan players and engaged in after the whistle nonsense. It culminated in a five minute major for deliberate contact to the head and a separate roughing call that led to Michigan’s final PP goal.
Michigan netminder Steve Racine was sharp when he had to be, but credited the shot blocking efforts of his team- including defender Clare who blocked seven shots on the night. Racine yielded the net for walk-on goaltender Luke Dwyer who finished off the remaining 3 minutes of the game.
The two teams meet again in East Lansing Saturday night to complete their season series. Michigan won at Munn 5-2 during their last visit in January.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — YostMeister
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