BLACK BEARS EDGED BY MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
Junior forward Spencer Abbott picks up two power-play goals in a 10-second span for Maine
EAST LANSING, Mich. --- Spencer Abbott (Hamilton, Ontario) scored two goals in the span of 10 seconds, but Michigan State University skated to a 3-2 win over the University of Maine men's ice hockey team on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. The Black Bears fall to 1-1-2 on the season, while MSU improves to 1-0-1.
The Spartans took a 1-0 lead at 9:22 of the first period. Trevor Nill found Brock Shelgren skating down the slot. He fed him the puck and Shelgren fired it past Maine goalie Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.) for his first goal of the season. Mike Merrifield also picked up an assist on the goal.
MSU added to its lead at 1:58 of the second period. Lee Reimer found Brett Perlini just outside the goal crease. Perlini fired a shot past Sullivan for his second goal of the season.
Maine scored two goals in the span of 10 seconds in the third period to tie the game at 2-2. Josh Van Dyk (Woodstock, Ontario) found Abbott just inside the blueline at 11:10 of the third period. He rifled a shot that went just inside the left post and into the back of the net. Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) also assisted on the goal.
Abbott tied the game for Maine just 10 seconds later. Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) won the faceoff, getting the puck to Nyquist. Nyquist made an outstanding pass to Abbott, who and had his shot go past MSU goalie Drew Palmisano. For Abbott, the goal set a school record for fastest two goals in Maine hockey history. The old record of 17 seconds was set on Dec. 3, 2000 when Matthias Trattnig scored two goals in 17 seconds.
MSU answered back when Dustin Gazley notched the game-winning goal at 14:53 of the third period. For Gazley, it was his second goal of the season and was set up by Shelgren.
Maine put pressure on in the final minutes of the game, but was unable to convert.
The Black Bears outshot MSU 30-21 in the game. Maine was 2-for-11 on the power play, while MSU was 0-for-6.
Maine goalie Sullivan stopped 18 shots in goal. He falls to 0-1-0 on the season. Palmisano made 28 saves for the Spartans.
The Black Bears return to action on Friday, Oct. 22 when they host North Dakota at 7:30 PM at Alfond Arena. Tickets are on sale and may be purchased by calling the Black Bear ticket office at 207-581-BEAR or 1-800-756-TEAM.