Spartans Shut Out at Michigan, 4-0
Jan. 8, 2011
Ann Arbor, Mich - Michigan State allowed three third-period goals to Michigan on Saturday night in Ann Arbor, and forced the Spartans to settle for a split in the weekend series with a 4-0 defeat on Saturday evening. MSU falls to 8-11-3 overall on the season and to 4-9-1-0 in the CCHA.
"You're not going to win a lot of hockey games if you don't score," said head coach Rick Comley after the game. "Our intensity was good, and I thought that Palmisano [36 saves] played really well, though he didn't end up with much to show for it."
Michigan outshot the Spartans 40-28 in the contest and went 2-5 on the power play. The Spartans failed to convert on either of their two power play chances.
Just like last night's game, it took about 25 minutes of game time for one of the teams to get on the board. Carl Hagelin threw in the puck from the right half-wall, and it went past Drew Palmisano after ricocheting off a defender in front. Brandon Burlon and Mac Bennett were credited with assists on the play.
The Wolverines doubled their lead 5:14 into the final period when Hagelin scored his second of the night, again off a deflection in front. It was his twelfth of the season and Chad Langlais was credited with the helper.
Back-to-back roughing the goalie calls on Chris Forfar and Torey Krug less than a minute apart gave Michigan a two-man advantage. A cross-slot pass on that five-on-three opportunity gave Michigan its third goal with just over five minutes left in the game, as AJ Treais converted Louie Caporusso's pass for his sixth of the season.
Bennett iced the scoring with a snipe from the right circle with 2:11 left in the game, his first career tally. Scooter Vaughan and Ben Winnett assisted on the final goal. The Wolverines outshot the Spartans 15-6 in the final frame.
The Spartans return to action next weekend when they travel to Lake Superior State to face the Lakers on Jan. 14 and 15. Game time is 7:05 p.m. on both nights.
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