Michigan punches ticket to third straight Frozen Four

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Miss. (WLNS) – A spot in the Frozen Four is on the line in the sixth meeting this season between the Spartans and Wolverines.

End of the first period: MSU 1 Michigan 0

The freshman Gavin O’Connell cashed in on the first power play opportunity of the day, redirecting a puck shot by Matt Basgall for O’Connell’s sixth power play goal of the season. Trey Augustine made a couple of monster saves in the opening frame to help the Spartans maintain their one-goal lead. Augustine ends the first period with 13 saves.

End of the second period: MSU 1 UM 1

Around five minutes into the second period, Michigan gets a 3-on-2 breakaway and Ethan Edwards buries it to knot this game up 1-1. Michigan State’s penalty kill was been handling the number one power play in the country very well, not allowing the Wolverines to capitalize on any of its five chances through first two periods.

End of the third period: UM 5 MSU 2

Both teams would net a goal to tie things up at 2-2 with just under 10 minutes to play in the game before Michigan’s offense exploded. Dylan Duke used his speed and snuck the puck past Augustine’s foot to give Michigan the lead, then 12 seconds later, Gavin Brindley buried an unreal pass from Frank Nazar III to just about close the door on MSU. Duke would do the honors once more with just over two minutes to play, putting a nail in the Spartan’s coffin.

“The emotions are crazy and you can’t really describe it or replicate that feeling just because the highs and the lows, the hard meetings, just all of the stuff that goes into the being a head coach, just everything your family sacrifices,” Brandon Naurato said. “Just for these guys to be apart of it and have success, there is no better feeling.”

Michigan will face Boston College in the semifinal round of the Frozen Four on April 11 at 8:30 p.m.

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