Spartans Drop Opener to Bowling Green, 3-1

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Michigan State tied the game early in the third period, but gave up the game-winner less just 65 seconds later in a 3-1 loss to Bowling Green in the season opener.
 
Daniel Russell scored his first collegiate goal in the third period, and grad transfer Dylan St. Cyr made 26 saves in his official Michigan State debut. 

 

 

The Spartans outshot their guests 18-6 in the third period in search of the equalizer, and 39-29 overall in the game. MSU won 39 of 57 faceoffs, and neither team scored on the power play – MSU was 0-for-3, and BG 0-for-2. 

 

The teams will meet again on Saturday night in Bowling Green to wrap up the home-and-home series. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATISTICS OF NOTE      

  • Daniel Russell scored the first goal of the Spartan season, and the first of his collegiate career. 
  • MSU had 39 shots on goal in the season opener.  MSU had 39 shots in a game only three times during the 2021-22 season.
  • The Spartans exploded for 18 third-period shots, matching its best for a single period in the 2021-22 campaign. 
  • Matt Basgall and Nash Nienhuis led MSU with three blocked shots each.  Nienhuis added an assist.

 
 
First Period:   The teams were fairly even over the opening 13 minutes, with BG holding a 5-3 edge in shots on net.  The first power play of the night went to the Falcons on an interference call whistled against Jeremy Davidson, but the Spartans got the first scoring chance skating shorthanded when Jagger Joshua got in with a man on his hip, but Zack Rose made the save.  MSU had a flurry of scoring chances over the final three minutes of the period, as its top and fourth lines both peppered Rose.  The Spartans finished with a 10-7 edge in shots in the period. 

Second Period: BG got on the board early in the second, as Alex Barber, stationed in the slot, one-timed a pass from the left corner from Austen Swankler for the first goal of the game.  The teams traded penalties 30 seconds apart at 3:49 and 4:19 and  while skating four-on-four, Austen Swankler broke in alone on St. Cyr, but the goalie was up to the task and stoned him.   St. Cyr made 15 saves in the second period compared to 11 for his BG counterpart. 

 

Third Period:  The teams traded goals in the first 90 seconds of the period – Daniel Russell scored his first collegiate goal with just 20 seconds elapsed, skating into the high slot and beating Rose off a feed from senior Jagger Joshua.   Ryan O’Hara answered just over a minute later, stripping a defenseman of the puck in the high slot, churning to his left, and beating St. Cyr from below the left dot.  MSU certainly generated its share of offense – it had 18 shots in the frame, attempting to create a game-tying goal.   With St. Cyr on the bench in favor of an empty skater, O’Hara potted his second of the night into an empty cage for the 3-1 final margin.

 




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