- Associated Press - Friday, November 25, 2016

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Michigan State defenseman Jerad Rosburg scored twice as the Spartans rallied from an early deficit and held on to beat North Dakota 4-3 in men’s hockey on Friday.

The fifth-ranked Fighting Hawks (7-5-2) led 1-0 before Rosburg scored twice to give Michigan State (4-6-0) the lead for good. The Spartans scored four straight goals to go up 4-1 and survived a third-period rally.

The Fighting Hawks outscored St. Cloud State 7-0 in two road wins last weekend. But they are 0-2-1 in their last three home games. UND has lost two straight home games for the first time since November 2013.

MSU scored twice on six power-play opportunities, including goals by Rosburg and Joe Cox. Connor Wood scored seconds after another power play expired.

Shane Gersich’s 11th goal of the season early in the first period gave UND a 1-0 lead and Tyson Jost scored twice in 31 seconds of the third period to close within 4-3.

In between, it was all Michigan State.

“We took a bunch of penalties and we had to kill them and they made the most of their opportunities,” UND coach Brad Berry said. “It’s the discipline side of it. You can kill two or three penalties a night but you can’t kill that many.”

Gersich continued his scoring surge with a goal at 6:57 of the first period. The sophomore’s 11th goal of the season off a rebound gave UND a 1-0 lead.

The Spartans put just three shots on goal in the first period, but they scored twice - both by Rosburg, a redshirt freshman defenseman - to take a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Rosburg tied the game while teams were skating 4-on-4, beating Cam Johnson from the left circle at 10:40. Johnson made 17 saves.

At 17:17, Rosburg scored again on the power play, slapping a shot straight down the slot from near the blue line for a 2-1 lead. It was the first time Rosburg had netted two goals in a game.

While the Fighting Hawks battled through a series of penalties in the second period, the Spartans were busy extending the lead. Connor Wood’s shot from the top of the right circle at 7:34 gave MSU a 3-1 lead.

“Momentum got away from us in the second period,” Berry said. “We know what we did wrong in the game and it’s trying to rectify it and not do it over and over in the game.”

Joe Cox scored just 2:35 into the third period as MSU went up 4-1.

But with 12:11 to play, MSU leading scorer Mason Appleton was penalized for contact to the head and ejected.

Michigan State goalie Ed Minney made the last of his 30 saves to finish things.

“The biggest strength to our team is getting pucks deep and grinding it out and getting opportunities,” Berry said. “We didn’t give ourselves a chance to do that early in the game.”

UND played without sophomore All-American Brock Boeser, who was out with an undisclosed injury.

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