Michigan State trailed 5-3 late in the second quarter but scored on a Bennett Osterink goal with eight seconds remaining in the half to pull to within one goal 5-4 at the break.
The Spartans scored three straight goals to start the third quarter (and would outscore Davenport 5-1 in the period) to lead 9-5 with 8:25 remaining in the period and would go on to add four goals in the fourth quarter to win 13-7. Michigan State’s face off unit edged Davenport in possessions for the second half and those additional possessions keyed the Spartan’s scoring advantage.
Michigan State’s defense held Davenport’s offense in check, holding Davenport to two goals after Davenport’s goal at 8:56 of the second quarter.
Stevie McKee and Brett Braun led the Spartan scoring with five points each on four goals and an assist. Jake Wilson scored four goals to lead the Panthers.
Captain Stevie McKee scores one of his four goals on his five point night Wednesday in Grand Rapids Michigan (click on each pic for full size)
#29 Sam Tuttle and #22 Patrick Donovan defend Davenport’s #91 Jarred Riley
The Spartan Defense allowed only two Panther goals the final 36 minutes of the game
Sam Uecker returned home to Grand Rapids and scored two goals from his midfield position
Charlie Pistner scored two goals in the Spartan’s win over Davenport
#55 Bennett Dipzinski guards Davenport’s #7 Brian Feiler
Sam Tuttle clears the ball for Michigan State