Oct. 18, 1997
Alban Sets Shutout Records as MSU Tops Western, 2-0
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Senior goaltender Chad Alban set the CCHA career record for shutouts and tied the Michigan State record as he led the Spartans to a 2-0 victory over Western Michigan Saturday in Kalamazoo.
For Alban, a Kalamazoo native, it was the seventh career shutout, giving him one more than Michigan goaltender Marty Turco in the CCHA books and tying him with current Edmonton Oiler Bob Essensa for the MSU record. "It's nice," said Alban of setting the records in his hometown, where he had been 0-2 against Western in his career. "I just wanted to come out here and get the win."
Alban and WMU goaltender Matt Barnes kept the game scoreless until 0:30 remained in the second period. Senior center Sean Berens stepped in front of the net at that point, taking advantage of a defenseman who had lost his stick, and notched his first goal of the season and the 49th of his career. Michigan State made it 2-0 five minutes into the third on a slapshot by junior left wing Bryan Adams, who has points in each of the last four games. Junior center Mike York had the assist, his seventh point on 12 MSU goals this season.
But Alban was the story, even though he played behind a dominant defense and persistent offense which produced a 33-14 MSU advantage in shots on goal.
MSU improved its record to 3-0-2 on the season, the best start for the Spartans in three years. Michigan State, ranked second in last week's national poll, meet No. 5 Michigan Saturday, Oct. 25, in Ann Arbor in their next action.
First Period: None
Second Period: 1, MS, Sean Berens 1 (Sean Patchell), 19:30.
Third Period: 2, MS, Bryan Adams 2 (Mike York), 5:01.
Penalties: MSU 5/10; WMU 8/16
Power Plays: MSU 0/6; WMU 0/3
Shots on goal: MSU 33; WMU 14
Saves: MS, Alban: 14 saves, 0 GA; WMU: Barnes: 31 saves, 2 GA