Jan. 22, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State dropped a 3-0 exhibition decision on Tuesday night to the US National Team Development Program U-18 team. MSU has split its exhibition games this season, having defeated Windsor back in October.
MSU's offensive woes continued, getting just 22 shots on net and failing to get a goal past U-18 goalie Thatcher Demko. At the other end, Jake Hildebrand made 36 stops for the Spartans.
After a scoreless opening period, Team USA jumped on the board at 6:26 of the middle frame. on a rush. Winger Evan Allen dished off to Will Butcher at the top of the right circle, and the Sun Prarie, Wis. Native fired from above the dot in the left circle.
An odd man rush allowed Team USA to double its lead at 16:35, as Kevin LeBlanc carried the puck up the left side and wristed a shot past Hildebrand. Gage Ausmus picked up the assist on the play.
Anthony Louis pushed Team USA's lead to 3-0 at 13:16.
With a little more than two minutes remaining in regulation, Matt Berry received a hitting from behind major and a game disqualification. Berry will now be forced to sit out Friday night's game against Penn State with the DQ.
The Spartans were outshot 39-22 in the game, and were 0-4 on the power play. MSU's penalty kill kept the Red, White and Blue off the board in six power play chances.
MSU welcomes Penn State to East Lansing for its first-ever series with the Nittany Lions, who are in their first season of varsity hockey.