EAST LANSING - The Northern Michigan University hockey team failed to complete the weekend sweep of last-place Michigan State on Saturday, falling 4-2 in front of a sold out crowd at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.
The Wildcats led 1-0 after a goal by sophomore defenseman Mitch Jones 15:55 into the first period and 2-1 after the first goal of the season for senior forward Brian Nugent - who assisted on the first goal - 5:06 into the third period.
The Spartans tied the game 1-1 on a shorthanded goal by Lee Reimer 3:24 into the second period and again at 2-2 at the 9:49 mark of the third with a goal by Michael Ferrantino.
Chris Forfar scored the game-winning goal for the Spartans 11:16 into the third period and Tanner Sorenson added an empty net goal for State with 48 seconds to play in regulation.
Northern, which finished 0-4 on the power play, was outshot 43-20 in the game and 19-3 in the first period.
NMU junior goaltender Jared Coreau made 39 saves while MSU freshman netminder Jake Hildebrand stopped 18 shots.
Michigan State 4, Northern Michigan 2
Northern Michigan 1 0 1 - 2
Michigan State 0 1 3 - 4
1st period - 1, NMU, Mitch Jones/2 (Brian Nugent/3, Scott Macaulay/9) 15:55. Penalties - Hayes, Anthony, MSU (tripping) 6:33; Scott Macaulay, NMU (hooking) 13:18; DeBlouw, Matt, MSU (tripping) 13:46.
2nd period - 2, MSU, Reimer, Lee/4 (Wolfe, Greg/9, Boyd, RJ/7) 3:24 (sh). Penalties - Sorenson, Tanner, MSU (hitting from behind) 2:19.
3rd period - 3, NMU, Brian Nugent/1 5:06. 4, MSU, Ferrantino, Michael/3 (Keller, Ryan/2, Boyd, RJ/8) 9:49. 5, MSU, Forfar, Chris/4 (Reimer, Lee/12, Wolfe, Greg/10) 11:16. 6, MSU, Sorenson, Tanner/10 (Keller, Ryan/3) 19:12 (empty net). Penalties - DeBlouw, Matt, MSU (tripping) 6:32; Ryan Daugherty, NMU (hitting from behind) 12:03; Ryan Daugherty, NMU (game misconduct) 12:03.
Shots on goal - NMU 3-5-12 20; MSU 19-6-18 43.
Power plays - NMU 0 of 4; MSU 0 of 2.
Penalties - NMU 3 (17 min); MSU 4 (8 min).
Goalies - NMU, Jared Coreau 13-15-4 (58:48 minutes, 42 shots-39 saves) , EMPTY NET (01:12, 0-0); MSU, Hildebrand, Jake 6-14-2 (60:00, 20-18).
The ninth-place Wildcats remain on the road this weekend to play eighth-place Bowling Green State. The Falcons, who currently hold the last spot for home ice in the first round of the CCHA playoffs, split at Ferris State over the weekend and are five points up on the 'Cats.