Dec. 8, 2012
Michigan State couldn't overcome a two-goal burst in the second period that blew open a 1-0 game, and fell at No. 4/5 Notre Dame on Saturday, 5-1, to drop its fifth consecutive game. The Spartans fall to 4-10-2 on the season, while the Irish improve to 13-4-0.
The home team scored with just eight seconds remaining in the first period to take a 1-0 lead into the locker room at the intermission. A failed clearing attempt by the Spartans ended up on the stick of Bryan Rust on the right side, and he moved it through the slot for an opportunistic Anders Lee, who flipped it over Yanakeff's blocker hand.
The Irish turned a tight 1-0 game into a three-goal affair with a pair of goals two minutes apart. With 13:50 elapsed in the second period, the Irish got a Mike Voran tally. Sam Calabrese took the pass from Mario Lucia and moved to the middle of the right circle, and wristed a cross-slot pass for Voran below the left circle, and Voran redirected it for his third of the season. Two minutes later, Freshman Steven Fogarty broke in on a two-on-one, and went five-hole on Yanakeff for his fourth of the year.
"It's tough," admitted head coach Tom Anastos. "We played what I thought was a really good period, and then we make a mistake and it ends up in the back of our net. Same thing in the second period - mistakes, and we paid for them, dearly. We have to continue to work at eliminating those mistakes."
The Irish tacked on two more in the third period to put the game out of reach. David Gerths scored on a wraparound at 8;16, putting the puck through Yanakeff?s legs for his third of the season. Freshman winger Thomas DiPauli got his third off an assist from junior TJ Tynan.
Matt Berry put the Spartans on the board with an impressive individual effort with 2:38 remaining in regulation to break up the shutout. After a long lead pass from Jake Chelios, Berry won the puck out of the left corner, circled around the back of the net, and tucked it past Summerhays glove-side.
Yanakeff finished with 18 saves in his first action since Nov. 9 at Michigan. Summerhays lost the shutout in the final minutes, but made 29 saves.
The Spartans host their final game before the holiday break next Saturday against Ferris State. The game at Munn Ice Arena is a 5 p.m. start.