Coming off a loss last night to no. 11 Penn State, the Spartans (6-20-3) host the Nittany Lions for their last home game of the season with one more chance at a home win.
This will mark senior night for Chris Knudson, Connor Wood, Rhett Holland, Joe Cox, William Haag, Thomas Ebbing, JT Stenglein and Justin Selep. The hockey program has lost a large group of players, but with 10 freshman this year, they will gain depth in the team again.
The Spartans have currently only won two games at their home arena this season.
Junior goaltender Ed Minney makes the start for this game, while yesterday’s starter, freshman John Lethemon, takes a turn on the bench.
The Spartans took a heavy blow in the first period as Penn State gets the lead of the night with a goal from forward Nate Sucese, followed with one shortly after from Denis Smirnov.
Less than a minute remains in the first as Sucese gets his second goal of the night, giving Penn State a confident 3-0 lead that they’re able to hold onto for the majority of the game.
Michigan State gets on board as senior Villiam Haag lights the lamp 10:38 into the third, giving the Spartans more confidence in their game.
Similar to last night, Penn State has a quick reaction to the opponent scoring as Andrew Sturtz finds his way past Minney, giving PSU the 3-goal lead back at 12:08.
The Nittany Lions maintain the lead and Michigan State falls in their last home game of the season, 4-1.
PSU (19-8-2) has lead the Big Ten in shots on goal throughout the season, averaging 46.1, and led the Spartans 35-23 in shots tonight.
The Spartans will travel to Value City Arena next weekend to face the Ohio State Buckeyes.