After coming up short against Michigan Tech in their first game on Friday afternoon, the Spartans were looking to bounce back against the Michigan Wolverines.
Michigan State and Michigan are scheduled to play each other four times this season, but got an early look at each other on Saturday.
Less than a minute after the puck dropped, later, MSU took the lead on a goal by forward Thomas Ebbing, and never gave it up.
The Spartans would go on to score two more goals in the game. A power play goal by forward Matt Berry lifted the Spartans to a comfortable 2-0 lead. And just over six minutes later, an individual effort by forward Brent Darnell made it 3-0 for MSU.
Unlike the previous game against Michigan Tech, the Spartans found a lot of success in the shooting department, registering a total of 40 shots on goal. Sophomore goaltender Jake Hildebrand stopped all 29 shots he faced and recorded his first shutout of the season.
“We played most of the game in their zone, so I think it was definitely a team effort for the shutout,” Jake Hildebrand said.
“And to get it against Michigan makes it feel even better.”
David Defever is the host of Behind the Mask for Impact Sports
Photo by: Jonathan Yales