Spartan Icers Drop 7th Straight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Ben Grotting, John Mitchell and Matt Thurber scored for Wisconsin, which outshot Michigan State by more than a 4-to-1 margin in a 3-1 victory Friday night.
All three are members of the Badgers' second line, which produced seven points.
Wisconsin outshot the Spartans 53-12, and Michigan State's shot total was far below the Badgers' season low of 26 allowed.
Jeff Lerg made a season-high 50 saves for the Spartans, who have lost seven in a row and haven't scored more than one goal in any of those games.
Michigan State (4-9-2) has been outscored 27-6 in the last seven games.
Tim Crowder scored a third-period, power-play goal to cut Wisconsin's lead to 2-1, but Thurber answered for the Badgers (6-7-2), batting home a rebound of a Mitchell shot.
Shane Connelly made 11 saves for Wisconsin, which improved to 6-1-1 in its last eight games.
It took the Badgers 32 shots on goal and over 36 minutes to finally crack Lerg, and it was a rebound of the 31st shot that broke the scoreless tie. Lerg turned back Jake Gardiner's shot on a rush into the zone, but it went right to Grotting for a quick putback.
The goalie didn't get over in time to stop Mitchell's shot in the third period, which gave Wisconsin a 2-0 lead. Mitchell got a pass from Thurber on a 2-on-1 rush and scored his sixth goal of the season.
Michigan State wasn't credited with a shot on goal in the 10 minutes, 43 seconds between Badgers goals. Lerg tied a career high by making 18 saves in the first period.


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