J.T. Henke had a goal and an assist to lead Lake Superior State to a 4-2 victory against Michigan State Thursday night at Munn Arena in East Lansing, Mich.
Michigan State opened the scoring with 2:09 remaining in the first period as John Draeger picked up a pass just inside the blue line from MacKenzie MacEachern and went top shelf for his first goal of the season. It would be the only scoring of the opening period.
In the second period, Lake Superior took control as Henke tied the score 4:40 into the frame. The Spartans looked to retake the lead when Joe Cox took a penalty shot but he was denied by Gordon Defiel. The Lakers took the lead for good when Bryce Schmitt scored shorthanded at the 9:56 mark. Lake Superior extended its lead to 3-1 when C.J. Hayes scored less than three minutes later.
Michigan State closed the gap just two minutes into the final period when MacEachern tallied on assists from Michael Ferrantino and Mason Appleton. The Spartans pulled their goalie when they were on a power play, to give them a two-man advantage, with two minutes remaining in the game, but they couldn’t get the tying goal. In fact, Lake Superior’s Gage Torrel was able to put the game out of reach when he scored an empty netter with 56 seconds left in the game.
Defiel made 29 saves in net to pick up the victory for the Lakers, while Jake Hildebrand made 19 saves in defeat for the Spartans.
Lake Superior State improved to 2-3 on the season while Michigan State fell to 1-3-1 overall.