NCAA Hockey Tournament 2012, Union Vs. Michigan State, Final Score: Dutchmen Win, 3-1

The Union College Dutchmen defeated the Michigan State Spartans, 3-1, on Friday in the First Round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament in Bridgeport, Conn.

The Dutchmen led after the first two periods, 2-1. Both teams had chances in the third period but neither team could find the back of the net until the Dutchmen salted it away with 1:18 to play. Union got the first goal of the game from Max Novak at the 15:09 mark. Jeremy Welsh, who assisted on Novak's goal, scored for Union in the second period.

After the first Union goal, it looked like Michigan State had scored a goal during a scrum near the Dutchmen's crease. The referees did not rule the shot a goal because the net left its moorings, but here's the video of the disputed goal.


Union had a golden opportunity to extend the lead to 3-0 in the second period but missed wide. Michigan State capitalized by scoring in the final minute of the period on Matt Berry's power-play goal.

Union scored the only goal of the third period on a power-play with less than two minutes to go. Wayne Simpson's wrist shot ultimately put the game away.

Troy Grosenick made 20 saves for Union and Will Yanakeff made 29 saves for Michigan State.

Union, the No. 1 seed in the East Regional, will move on to the Second Round on March 24 to play the winner of Miami (OH) vs. UMass-Lowell, at 6:30 p.m. (TV: ESPNU/ESPN3)

For more coverage of the 2012 Hockey Tournament, stay tuned to our StoryStream. Here's a complete look at the NCAA Tournament 2012 bracket. For the TV schedule, click here.

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