Spartans Blanked in Alaska, 2-0
MSU suffers first shutout of the season
Feb. 6, 2010
Fairbanks, Alaska - A pair of goals 72 seconds apart in the second period was the difference for Alaska as it posted a 2-0 victory over Michigan State on Friday night in Fairbanks. Dion Knelson had both Nanook tallies, helping Alaska snap a seven-game winless streak. MSU drops its second straight game and falls to 17-10-4 overall. The Spartans were shut out for the first time this season.
Bobby Jarosz drew the start tonight for Michigan State, making 22 saves.
"I thought for te first 8-10 minutes we were really sharp - but then Alaska really tightened it down after that. I think we had guys work hard, but it was more about [Alaska] than us, tonight. Credit to Alaska."
The teams skated through a scoreless opening frame, and it took nearly 30 minutes of game action for either team to get on the board. At 9:14 of the middle period, defenseman Aaron Gens took a shot from the right point that made its way through traffic, and Knelsen was able to get a stick on the puck to redirect it just enough to beat Jarosz. Knelson doubled Alaska's lead with a tip in front of the net just over a minute later, finishing off a pass from behind the net from freshman Andy Taranto.
The third period featured just four shots on net by both teams. MSU finished 0-for-4 on the power play, and killed off all three chances against.
NOTES: Michigan State was shut out for the first time in 11 months. The last time MSU failed to score a goal was Feb. 27, 2009 at Notre Dame, a 5-0 loss ... The Spartans put a season-low 16 shots on net ... MSU lost back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 27-28 vs. Minnesota and Wisconsin ...