Spartans Shut Out by Miami, 4-0
Miami 4, MSU 0
Jan. 22, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - Miami scored three times on seven power-play chances while Andy Miele and Carter Camper each had a goal and two assists as the Red Hawks blanked Michigan State, 4-0 on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena. Drew Palmisano had 43 saves for MSU, keeping the game competitive with a strong outing.
The RedHawks got the first goal in Saturday's game. It came at the 9:07 mark, as Andy Miele fed the puck out of the left corner, and Trent Vogelhuber one-timed it past Palmisano's glove hand for his sixth of the season. They took a 2-0 lead into the intermission when Miele converted with .1 seconds remaining on the clock on the power play.
The Miami power play, which entered the weekend ranked tops in the CCHA and clicking at 21.4%, converted again on a five-on-three chance midway through the second period. The Spartans had done a nice job of killing most of the man-down situation, with three big saves from Palmisano and a pair of blocked shots sent out of the zone by Torey Krug and Jake Chelios, but Carter Camper's rising slapshot from the top of the slot beat a screened Palmisano with 34 seconds remaining in Miami's two-man advantage.
The final score for Miami came in the opening two minutes of the third period. Chris Wideman converted a pass from Miele for his second goal of the season.
The Spartans were scoreless on six power-play chances on the night, and struggled once again to get quality shots to the net. MSU was outshot by a 47-26 margin and 93-48 in the two-game set, but still earned the series split.
NOTES: Michigan State was shut out for the fifth time this season, and for the second time in the last three Saturday tilts. It ties the program record for shutouts against in a season, set in the 2008-09 season ... MSU saw 47 Miami shots tonight, upping the previous season high the Red Hawks put up last night (46) ... Matt Grassi blocked a team-best four shots on Saturday, which gives him 16 in his last three games ... Jake Chelios and Torey Krug each had three blocks ... MSU had been 6-for-24 (.250) in the previous five games, but went 0-for-6 in Saturday's game ...