By @MichaelCaples –
EAST LANSING – There was a celebratory feeling around Munn Ice Arena Friday evening, as the Spartans welcomed new football coach Mel Tucker to East Lansing.
The visitors made sure to spoil the party as soon as they could.
Thanks to two goals in the first ten minutes and four over the first two periods, the Wolverines cruised to a 5-1 win in Round 1 of the weekend set with Michigan State.
It’s the first win of the 2019-2020 season for Michigan over their in-state Big Ten rival, after Michigan State swept them Nov. 14-16.
The two will play their final Big Ten regular-season game against each other on Monday at Little Caesars Arena in the annual ‘Duel in the D’ game.
Lake Slaker scored the first goal and the last goal for the Wolverines, while Luke Martin, Jacob Hayhurst and Jack Summers also found the back of the net.
Strauss Mann was nearly perfect between the pipes, allowing a lone power-play goal to Spartans captain Sam Saliba.