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Merrifield short-handed goal gives Michigan State tie with Maine

— Mike Merrifield’s short-handed goal early in the third period gave No. 20 Michigan State a 4-4 tie with No. 8 Maine on Thursday.

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Michigan State's Mike Merrifield (right) goes for the puck in front of Maine goaltender Shawn Sirman and defenseman Josh Van Dyk (photo: Erica Treais).

The Black Bears were on a five-minute power play after a boarding call to the Spartans’ Torey Krug late in the second period, but Merrifield’s goal completed a comeback from a 4-2 deficit.

Robby Dee scored twice for Maine (1-0-2), which answered a Dustin Gazley goal with three first-period goals.

Michigan State (0-0-1) pulled within one after another five-minute penalty, a hitting-from-behind call on Maine’s Theo Anderson in the second period. Brett Perlini scored on the power play to make it 4-3.

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  • Ruther36

    good game, MSU should be happy with getting the tie and i was surprised how well they did holding Nyquist to only one point.

  • 1 Hockey Fan

    MSU got a little lucky. Maine should have gone up 5-3 on that powerplay but the ref blew a call with the man in the crease. Then, as typically happens, MSU scored to make it 4-4. Not taking anything away, it was a good game but they snuck out of that one.