MSU hockey falters late, falls to Michigan in NCAA regional final

Michigan State's Gavin O'Connell shoots during the Spartans' NCAA tournament regional final against Michigan on Sunday in Maryland Heights, Missouri.

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Michigan State’s hockey team got the best of Michigan plenty this season. The Spartans would gladly trade one of those wins for this one.

Facing off for the sixth time, MSU and Michigan took the ice in an NCAA tournament regional final in suburban St. Louis, this time a trip to the Frozen Four on the line.

With the game deadlocked with just over seven minutes remaining, the Wolverines found two goals in 12 seconds to take the air out of the Spartans and avenge four straight losses, knocking MSU out of the NCAA tournament with a 5-2 win.

“It was a really good college hockey game and I don’t think the score reflects it,” MSU coach Adam Nightingale said. “It kind of got away from us in the end. … But congrats to Michigan. They’ve had a really good push here and we have tons of respect for their program.”

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