DETROIT–An abundance of goals were scored between the Michigan State Hockey team and the Michigan Wolverines. Ten times the puck found the back of the net with the Wolverines coming out on top 6-4 in the third place game of the 53rd annual Great Lakes Invitational.
The Spartans were outscored 6-2 over the final two periods and Cooper Marody tallied a hat-trick for Michigan as the Michigan State defense could not contain the Wolverine attack.
Mitchell Lewandowski and Patrick Khodorenko each tallied four points while Marody led all players with seven.
With the loss the Spartans fell to 8-11-1 and have not won a game in the GLI since the 2014 semifinal round against Ferris State. With the win, Michigan improved to 8-8-2 on the year.
The Spartans raced out to a 2-0 advantage within the first five minutes of the game.
Taro Hirose gave Michigan State a 1-0 lead :26 second into the game and Logan Lambdin made it 2-0 four minutes later. Hirose received a pass from Mitchell Lewandowski in the slot and put it over Wolverines goaltender, Hayden Lavigne’s left shoulder for his seventh goal of the season. Lambdin scored his third goal on the year when Carson Ghatt sent a wrist shot from the top of the offensive zone. Lambdin set a screen in front of Lavigne and was able to tip the puck into the bottom left corner of the net.
After not starting in their semifinal loss to Bowling Green, Lavigne saved 22 of the 26 MSU shots that he faced.
Michigan outscored the Spartans 3-1 in the second period to send the game into the final period at a 3-3 tie.
James Sanchez and Michael Pastujov each scored their first goal of the season while Cooper Marody tallied his 25th point with his game tying goal.
Patrick Khodorenko added his eighth goal on the year for the Spartans.
3:12 into the period, Sanchez got the Wolverines on the board. After Michigan State goaltender John Lethemon pushed the puck into the left corner, Sanchez corralled it, skated into the left circle, and fired a wrist shot over Lethemon’s right shoulder.
While on the power play, Cody Milan looked to find Khodorenko on a cross-ice pass. The puck tipped off of a Wolverine stick and found Khodorenko who beat Lavigne to the short side to put Michigan State up 3-1 with 13:32 remaining.
3:12 into the period Sanchez got the Wolverines on the board. After Michigan State goaltender John Lethemon pushed the puck into the left corner, Sanchez corralled it, skated into the left circle, and fired a wrist shot over Lethemon’s right shoulder.
Lethemon finished the game, saving 32 of the 38 shots he faced.
After Khodorenko retained the Spartans’s two-goal lead, Michigan scored two goals within 1:22 of each other to tie the game at 3-3.
Pastejov scored his first collegiate goal after Sam Piazza sent a slap shot from the top of the zone of the net. Pastejov received the puck off of the board and banked it off of Lethemon and into the net bring Michigan back within one with 4:21 remaining. With 3:21 left, Marody buried the game-tying goal after receiving a pass from Tony Calderone at the far left side of the goal line. Marody swiftly stuck out his stick and put the puck past Lethemon for his fifth goal on the year.
The Wolverines continued their scoring assault by adding two early goals in the third.
Under two minutes into the period, Michigan took their first lead off of Cutler Martin’s first career goal. Martin controlled the puck and skated with it into the Michigan State zone. He took a shot from the right circle and banked it off of the back of Spartan defenseman Zach Osburn and into the net.
With 16:03 remaining, the Wolverines took advantage of a five-minute major, that was issued to Khodorenko for cross-checking after the whistle, when Cooper Marody found the back of the net for the second time. Marody skated with the puck into the slot and fired a wrist-shot into the top right corner to put Michigan up 5-3. However, Khodorenko made up for his mistake.
5:50 after Marody added his second, Khodorenko did the same with his second power play goal of the game. On a five-in-three advatange, the Spartans used crisp and timely passing to find Khodorenko in the slot. Ghatt sent the puck to Milan at the point, who sent it to Hirose at the left post, who found Khodorenko to draw Michigan State within one at 5-4.
With 3:47 remaining, Marody added his third goal of the game to complete his hat trick as well as securing the 6-4 win for the Wolverines.
The Spartans return to the ice this upcoming weekend, Jan 5-6 for a weekend series against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Munn Ice Arena.