The Spartans’ string of success started after former Michigan running back Mike Hart referred to Michigan State as a “little brother,” after a win in 2007.
“We definitely talked about it,” Lewerke said. “We definitely played it beforehand. Coach D uses that as motivation.”
When Michigan State players celebrated with fans in the stands after the game, a “Little Sisters!” chant broke out.
“The positive thing is we had chances,” Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec said. “We had some pressure going. We have to find ways to get results. We have to keep working at it.”
Skjei tossed the puck to the front of the net and it deflected off Montreal defenseman Shea Weber’s skate and in with 2:35 left in the first period, giving the Rangers a lead for the first time this season.
Zibanejad scored for the third straight game near the midpoint of the third period to double the Rangers’ lead. Pavel Buchnevich and Chris Kreider assisted on the play, giving New York’s top line four goals and five assists through three games this season.
The Utes are likely to remain in the Top 25 with their first loss of the season, but could fall back a few spots from No. 20.
Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley was on the field in street clothes as Williams got the start. The sophomore started the first four games, but was hurt in the second quarter US Cheap Jerseys against Arizona two weeks ago. Utah does not typically discus injuries that are not season-ending.
Utah kicker Matt Gay entered the game 14 for 14, but missed his first attempt of the Wholesale Jerseys Paypal day from 50 yards out in the first quarter. Toner came in 9 for 9, but missed a 27-yarder in the second quarter.