Third Period Livebog – Maine vs. Michigan State

0:00: And we’re underway. The joint is about 60% full.

2:34: State’s Graham goes off for tripping, and Maine has a golden opportunity right off the bat. With Lerg down and out, Leveille’s shot at an open net hits a body in front and then caroms off the crossbar.

4:34: Penalty over. Maine 0-2 on the power play.

5:11: The Spartans take the lead. A scramble in front of the Maine net allows Nick Sucharski to scoop up a loose puck and roof it over a sprawled Bishop. 3-2 State.

9:46: Could be a backbreaker. The Spartans Jim McKenzie knocks a rebound out of the air and beats Bishop glove side. 4-2 Michigan State.

9:46: After each goal, rather than immediately putting the replay on the big screen, the crowd is treated to various “celebration” clips, including dancing penguins, Family Guy hilarity and a scene from “Little Miss Sunshine”. Just show us the damn goal.

12:48: The announced attendance is 18,857, the second largest in NCAA history. Not that many fannies in the seats, however.

14:50: Time is running out on the Black Bears, who unofficially have three shots on goal so far this period.

19:35: Time out Black Bears. The Maine net is empty.

20:00: Sparty wins and will play Saturday. Tough game for the Black Bears as they get two goals in the first 3:24 and never score again. Final shots were 33-31 Michigan State