Michigan State Claims 2022-23 MCRHL AA (East) ChampionshipMCRHL March 4th, 2023 at 3:26PM March 4th, 2023 9:35PM
The Michigan State Spartans swept the Ohio State Buckeyes in a best of three series in the MCRHL AA Eastern Finals on March 4th, 2023 to claim the title. The games took place at the Fraser Roller Hockey arena in Fraser, MI.
Michigan State came out firing in the first period, scoring four goals, including two power play goals, while holding Ohio State to just one goal. Grant Briggs scored the opening goal of the game, assisted by Garrett Menko, before Ohio State's Thomas Marriner tied it up with a goal assisted by Josh Curtin. But Michigan State quickly regained the lead with another goal from Briggs, and Leo Rihn V added an unassisted goal to give them a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period.
The second period saw more of the same, as Michigan State continued to dominate offensively, scoring three more goals. Garrett Menko scored a power play goal assisted by Parker Young, before Young added two goals of his own, including one unassisted goal. Ohio State struggled to keep up and was held scoreless in the second period.
In the third period, Michigan State continued to pour it on, with Alexander York and Matthew Blaska both adding goals to bring the final score to 8-1. Ohio State managed to score one goal in the third period, but it was too little, too late.
Michigan State's Parker Young was the game's first star, with two goals and two assists, while Grant Briggs (two goals, one assist) and Garrett Menko (one goal, two assists) were the second and third stars, respectively. Michigan State outshot Ohio State 27-15 and converted on three of their five power play opportunities, while Ohio State only scored once on their lone power play chance.
Michigan State started the game strong, with Parker Young scoring the first goal of the game at the 4:11 mark in the first period with an assist from Matthew Blaska. No penalties were assessed in the first period.
In the second period, Michigan State continued to dominate, with Young scoring another goal just 59 seconds in with assists from Garrett Menko and John Healey. Grant Briggs then scored on a power play goal at the 2:51 mark with assists from Healey and Reis Davis. Menko then scored on another power play goal at the 6:56 mark with an assist from Blaska. Young then scored his third goal of the game at the 11:53 mark with assists from Alexander York and Menko. Michigan State took four penalties in the second period, while Ohio State took three.
In the third period, Ohio State tried to mount a comeback with Tj DeLuca scoring an unassisted goal just 34 seconds into the period. Brian Kitchen then scored for Ohio State at the 4:59 mark with an assist from DeLuca. Leo Rihn V then scored for Michigan State at the 5:53 mark with an assist from Blaska. Ohio State responded with Thomas Marriner scoring at the 7:20 mark with an assist from Josh Curtin. Marriner then scored again just 36 seconds later with assists from DeLuca and Benjamin Schepflin. However, Michigan State sealed the win with goals from Blaska and Young at the 8:06 and 8:52 marks, respectively.
Michigan State won the game with a final score of 9-4, outshooting Ohio State 30-24. The three stars of the game were Parker Young, who had four goals and one assist, Matthew Blaska, who had one goal and four assists, and Garrett Menko, who had one goal and two assists.