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Michigan vs. MSU hockey: Wolverines, Spartans split weekend series

Michigan took care of business at Yost Arena against Michigan State on Friday night, and the Spartans took care of business at Munn Arena on Saturday night to split the series.

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Spartans hockey beats Wolverines, 7-2

After dropping their first contest Friday night, the Michigan State Spartans rebounded Saturday in front of a record crowd of more than 7,000 fans at Munn Ice Arena by trouncing the Michigan Wolverines, 7-2.

Matt Berry got the Spartans on the board first, scoring 34 seconds into the game with assists from Matt DeBlouw and Brent Darnell. Darnell followed with a goal of his own, 6:36 into the game, and Anthony Hayes netted another only seconds later to put the game at 3-0 less than seven minutes in. Berry, who finished the night as the game's No. 1 star, scored three goals and had one assist.

Michigan scored a power play goal midway through the first period to cut the deficit to two, but the Spartans' lead was quickly extended again on a powerplay goal of their own from Berry.

Goaltender Jake Hildebrand picked up the win, allowing two goals and stopping 40 shots from the Wolverines' offense.

Michigan State travels next weekend to play Miami (OH), while the Wolverines prepare for a series against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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Wolverines pound Spartans 5-1 Friday

The Michigan Wolverines (4-3-1, 2-2-1-1 CCHA) got five goals from five different players in defeating visiting Michigan State 5-1 Friday in the first game of a home-and-home series.

The Spartans never held a lead, as Michigan jumped out to a 2-0 advantage on goals from Lindsay Sparks at 6:55 and Boo Nieves at 12:10 of the first period.

Kevin Walrod scored for the Spartans, the only goal for either team in the second period. Wolverines goalie Jared Rutledge shut the door the rest of the game, saving 11 shots in the third period. Derek DeBlois, Kevin Lynch and Jacob Trouba scored for Michigan in the third, capping off the school's 142nd win over its rival in East Lansing.

The Wolverines improved to 4-3-1 on the season, and 2-2-1 in the CCHA with one shootout win.

Michigan, ranked No. 11 in the nation, will travel to East Lansing for the second of the two-game series against the Spartans Saturday.

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Rutledge to start in goal for Michigan

Goaltender Jared Rutledge will start for Michigan when the Wolverines face Michigan State Friday night.

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