EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Alaska Nanooks salvaged a weekend split with Michigan State with a 3-1 victory over the Spartans at Munn Arena on Saturday evening. Andrew Conboy had the lone goal for MSU in the loss, while senior netminder Jeff Lerg made 29 saves. Derek Klassen scored twice for the Nanooks, who are now 10-6-4, 8-5-3-2 in conference action. MSU falls to 6-13-3, 3-9-2-2 in CCHA play.
Alaska got on the board first, when Klassen potted his third tally of the season at the 13:18 mark of the middle frame. The Spartans wasted little time, gaining an equalizer at 14:55. Skating on the power play, Tim Crowder lifted a slapshot from the right point just 17 seconds into the advantage that was redirected by Andrew Conboy in front for the freshman's third goal of the season. The Spartans went back on the power play at 16:14, when Adam Naglich was whistled for hooking, but MSU saw each of its six shots blocked by defensemen.
Alaska broke the 1-1 deadlock with a power-play goal of its own at 4:55. With Brandon Gentile in the box, Joe Sova ripped a shot from the high slot just inside the blueline that eluded a screened Lerg. They added to their lead at 14:30 when a sharp-angle shot from the top of the left circle by Klassen found its way over the right leg pad of Jeff Lerg to move the Nanook advantage to 3-1.
Michigan State will be idle next weekend, resuming CCHA action on Jan. 16-17 at Miami. The Spartans then have series with Michigan and Lake Superior before returning back to Munn Arena for a home game against Ferris State on Feb. 6.