Perhaps it was the wake-up call the Spartans needed. Trailing 2-0 to visiting Niagara, and a weekend after being thoroughly dominated by then top-ranked Minnesota, Michigan State rallied for three goals in the third period en route to its second victory of the season in their second home game.
Sophomore forward Matt Berry scored the game-winner on a power play at 14:17 of the third period, following goals from junior defenseman Jake Chelios and junior F Lee Reimer.
The Spartans (1-2) had a 5-on-3 advantage when Reimer scored. It was the sixth Niagara penalty of the period.
MSU goalie Will Yanakeff made 22 saves, credited with two goals against, but the second went off the stick of freshman D Travis Walsh.
Minnesota defeated MSU by scores of 5-1 and 7-1 in Minneapolis last weekend, and defeated Windsor 6-1 in their season-opener Oct. 8.
The Spartans will face Niagara again, starting at 7:05 p.m. ET Saturday in East Lansing.