ANN ARBOR – Three second-period goals and a hat trick by Andrew Sinelli helped push No. 11/12 Michigan past the Michigan State hockey team, 7-1, on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. Michigan improved to 17-10-4 overall and 9-6-2-1 in the Big Ten. MSU is now 9-16-7 overall and 3-8-6-4 in the conference.
â€œWe have to focus on tomorrowâ€™s game,â€ said MSU head coach Tom Anastos. â€œAs the game went on, nothing went right for us and we really struggled defensively, pucks went in to easily early and we werenâ€™t able to recover.â€
Michigan didnâ€™t take long to find the back of the net as Derek DeBlois scored just 56 seconds into the game. DeBlois took a pass from Alex Guptill in the low slot and beat MSU goaltender Jake Hildebrand.
The Wolverines made it 2-0 at the 7:46 mark on a goal by Luke Moffatt. After a faceoff in the Michigan end, Moffatt intercepted a Spartan pass and broke lose down the right side and scored on a semi-breakaway.
The Spartans used the power play to get on the board, striking on the man-advantage with just over five minutes to play in the first. Playing the point, Tanner Sorernson ripped a shot from just inside the blue line that bounced hard off the right post and skipped to Matt Berry on the left side. Berry made no mistake and swept the puck into the open net.
The Wolverines took control of the game in the second, netting three goals that all came off deflections. Zach Hyman tipped the point shot by Guptill on the power play at the 5:55 mark to make it 3-1. Phil DiGiuseppe and Sinelli followed by scoring less than three minutes apart in the final quarter of the period.
DiGiuseppeâ€™s goal came on a backhanded centering pass from near the right circle that bounced off RJ Boydâ€™s skate and into the net, while Sinelli beat Hildebrand from the right circle on a shot that deflected off the stick of Travis Walsh.
â€œHildy didnâ€™t have a chance on some of those,â€ said Anastos. â€œThatâ€™s how it has been going for us. Weâ€™ve had a lot of pucks deflecting off of us and going in the net. Itâ€™s frustrating.â€
Sinelli scored his final two goals of the game in the third period at the 7:31 and 18:12 marks, respectively.
Will Yanakeff played the final 20 minutes in goal for MSU and made 11 saves in relief of Hildebrand.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow night at Munn Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.