For the first time this season, the Michigan State hockey team has won back-to-back games.
The Spartans recorded a 1-0 CCHA victory over Alaska late Friday night at the Carlson Center as Greg Wolfeâ€™s first period score made the difference.
Will Yanakeff got the start in goal and registered 37 saves for MSU, which was outshot 37-14. It marked the first shutout victory of the season for the Spartans (10-20-3, 8-16-1-0).
â€śWill has been battling every day in practice, and we came up here with the thought that we would probably split the goaltenders this weekend,â€ť MSU coach Tom Anastos said in a released statement. â€śWe went with our gut feel tonight to play him. He was absolutely outstanding, and I am really happy for him.â€ť
MSU had gone 0-5-3 after its previous eight victories this season.
The gameâ€™s lone score came at the 7:53 mark when Wolfe received a pass from behind the goal line and beat Alaska goaltender John Keeney.
Alaska finished 0-for-4 on the power play in the contest.
MSU, which won the opening game of a CCHA series for the first time this season, has won three of itâ€™s last four games.
The Spartans will try for the sweep at 11:05 p.m. tonight.
About this blogChris Solari
Chris Solari has been with LSJ Media since 2006 and has covered Spartan athletics since 1994 while attending MSU. He also was an award-winning writer while covering South Dakota State athletics from 2002-06.Brian Calloway
Brian is a native of Coloma, Mich., and a 2005 graduate of Eastern Michigan. He has worked at the Lansing State Journal since October 2010.
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