The 2012-2013 season is underway, as Michigan State visited #1/#2 Minnesota for a weekend series.
Things didn't get off to the greatest start as Minnesota built a 3-0 lead in the first 13:38 of the opening period. The Gophers out-shot MSU 13-5 in the first period. The Spartans went 0 for 1 with the extra man in the period.
The Spartans seemed to find their legs in the middle period, but Minnesota expanded the lead to 4-0 with 2:14 remaining in the period. The Gophers out-shot the Spartans 13-10 for the period. In the final frame, Michigan State got a few more chances early on, but they could not convert nor could they convert a couple more power play chances. Minnesota made it 5-0 on a two man advantage that they put six shots on goal. Will Yanakeff kept Minnesota off the board as long as possible, but they finally got one past him with a scrum in front.
Tanner Sorenson tallied the first goal for Michigan State with 4:01 to go in the game, and David Bondra got credited with the lone assist. Minnesota out-shot MSU 16-11 in the final period for a 42-26 edge in the game. The Spartans actually held a 32-30 edge in draws, and Yanakeff did play well in net despite giving up five goals. MSU finished 0 for 3 on the power play, and Minnesota was 1 for 2.
The two teams meet again tomorrow night at 9 pm Eastern.