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November 20, 2022

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Reigning CHN Team of the Week Michigan State, played tough Friday at Pegula Arena, home of the previous CHN Team of the Week, Penn State. But it was Penn State that scored twice in the third period to win the game, 4-3, including a game-winning power-play goal with just 57 seconds left in regulation.

Again Saturday, it looked like a strong Michigan State start was going to be wiped out by mistakes, penalties and the frenzied determination of the home team. But this time, the Spartans flipped the script, and showed that they really may have turned over a new leaf this season.

The Spartans let a 3-0 first-period lead completely get away before the first 20 minutes was over. But instead of folding, scored the next four goals to win 7-3. It improved MSU’s record to 9-4-1, as it moved up to No. 11 in the Pairwise. Penn State is No. 6.

“I felt really good going into this game, and after the first period … I thought things were gonna roll our way,” Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said to the Daily Collegian.

Michigan State forward Jagger Joshua, who came into the game leading the nation in penalty minutes, added to that total when he received a minor, major and game misconduct in the first period. He now has 53 PIMs on the season. Penn State scored twice on that major power play, tying the game at 3-3.

But the Spartans recovered on a second-period goals from Karsen Dorwart, Cole Krygier and Daniel Russell.

Western Michigan 5, Minnesota Duluth 3

This time, Western Michigan made its rally stick.

Friday, WMU got down 2-0 to the Bulldogs, scored three straight goals, lost the lead again, tied it in the second period on Jason Polin’s 10th of the season, but then lost on a third-period goal. That goal, by Darian Gotz, came right after he came out of the penalty box, with just 1:05 left in regulation, turning a possible triumphant Broncos moment into a major letdown.

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Minnesota-Duluth 2 1 0 3
Western Michigan 1 1 3 5
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So Saturday night, after getting down 3-1, the Broncos again rallied, but this time got the win.

Luke Grainger scored twice, while Ryan McAllister had another three-point game with a goal and two assists for the Broncos (9-6-0, 4-2-0 NCHC). Jamie Rome and Zak Galambos also scored.

Western was aided by a pair of UMD penalties in the third period. Unlike Friday, when Gotz’s…

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