Spartans Blank Toronto in Exhibition, 3-0
Danton Cole and the Spartans top Toronto in their final preseason tuneup.
EAST LANSING - The Michigan State hockey team topped the University of Toronto in an exhibition game, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Munn Ice Arena. Freshman Mitchell Lewandowski had three assists, while sophomore Patrick Khodorenko had a goal and an assist to lead the Spartans.
“I thought there were a lot of good things out there,” said MSU head coach Danton Cole. “After a week of practice and the Green and White game, to see how we executed today was kind of a test. I thought we did a good job. I thought we defended hard, created some stuff offensively and moved the puck better than I thought we would. From a coaching staff standpoint, everything was positive, we got a win out of it and now we have to do the same thing moving forward.”
Goaltenders Ed Minney and John Lethemon split time in goal to combine for the shutout. Minney started and made seven saves, while Lethemon came in at the 9:37 of the second period and turned away another seven shots.
Khodorenko gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead 7:03 into the first when his centering attempt from below the goal line banked off a Toronto defenseman’s skate and past goaltender Fred Foulem.
Carson Gatt and Lewandowski picked up assists on the goal.
Michigan State pushed the lead to 2-0, 7:59 into the second, converting on the first power-play chance of the game. Cody Milan scored the goal, batting the puck in from just off the left post.
Taro Hirose made it 3-0 Spartans with 2:34 to play in the second.
After the Spartans were hemmed in there zone, Lewandowski dumped the puck from the Spartan side of the red line into the left corner where Hirose won a foot race to the puck, made a quick deke and tucked it past Foulem.
The Spartans finished with a 33-14 edge in shots on goal.
MSU went 1-for-3 on the power play and skated off both of Toronto’s chances on the man advantage.
“The mantra with us has been just keep getting a little better every day,” said Cole. “There are going to be bumps along the way, but just keep moving forward and the guys have done an outstanding job with that.”
The Spartans begin the regular season Oct. 13 at Bowling Green and then meet the Falcons the next night at Munn at 7:05 p.m.