East Lansing, Mich. – Scott Reedy's team-leading fifth goal of the season was the winner as the No. 5 Gophers defeated Michigan State 4-2 on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena to sweep the series and improve to 6-0.
The Gophers are off to the program's best start since the 2001-02 team opened 11-0-2. All six of their games have been Big Ten Conference games.
Reedy scored at 14 minutes, 14 seconds of the second period, breaking a 2-2 tie. The goal came just four seconds after the start of a power play. Reedy, a Prior Lake native who played for USA Hockey National Team Development Program, won a faceoff in the lower right circle and sent the puck back to Jackson LaCombe. The sophomore defenseman's quick shot from the top of the slot was on net and Reedy tipped it past goalie Drew DeRidder.
Reedy, who had 15 goals last season, has a goal in five of the Gophers' six games.
The Gophers' Ben Meyers, just as he did in the series opener, scored the game's first goal. It came at 5:03 of the first period and was his third goal of the season.
Jaxson Nelson made it 2-0 Gophers at 15:27 of the first period. But 19 seconds later, Kyle Haskins scored for Michigan State.
The Spartans (2-3-1, 1-3 Big Ten) tied it at 2-2 on Dennis Cesana's goal at 3:50 of the second.
Reedy got the game's biggest goal about 10 minutes later — his 10th career game-winner. He also had an assist on the Gophers' final goal, an empty-netter by Sampo Ranta with 11 seconds remaining.
"That's our sixth game where we get off to a great start. … It couldn't have been a better start for being on the road," Gophers coach Bob Motzko said. "Give Michigan State credit — they battled back hard.
"It was a good old- fashioned gut-out — we had to gut one out down the stretch."
Jack LaFontaine stopped 31 shots for the Gophers. DeRidder finished with 32 saves for Michigan State.
One of LaFontaine's best saves came with 3:19 left and the Gophers clinging to a one-goal lead. Haskins, who had the Spartans' first goal, was stopped from point-blank range. This was the 11th game in a row LaFontaine has not given up more than two goals.