MSU Downs Ferris State, 6-1
EAST LANSING--Michigan State received multiple-point games from four different players and cruised to a 6-1 victory over Ferris State Tuesday night at Van Andel Arena.
The Spartans scored in the first minute of all three periods -- including a Rustyn Dolyny goal just 19 seconds into the game -- and held a 6-0 lead early in the third.
Senior goaltender Chad Alban denied 22 Ferris State shots as the Bulldogs actually outshot MSU, 23-22.
Michigan State had the finishers, however, led by freshman right wing Dolyny. His two first-period goals sandwiched around a Kevin O'Keefe tally to give the Spartans a 3-0 intermission advantage. Dolyny's linemates, junior center Mike York and junior left wing Bryan Adams, assisted on both of his goals and both finished with three assists. O'Keefe also had two goals for Michigan State, which had a pair of multiple-goal scorers for the first time since playing Ferris last November. Sophomore Shawn Horcoff and freshman Sean Patchell added goals for the Spartans.
SUMMARY Michigan State 3-2-1--6 Ferris State 0-0-1--1
MS 1 Rustyn Dolyny-2 (Bryan Adams, Mike York) 0:19 MS 2 Kevin O'Keefe-3 (Curtis Gemmel) 11:39 MS 3 Dolyny-3 (York, Adams) 12:01
MS 4 Shawn Horcoff-3 (Chris Bogas, Adams) PPG 5-3 0:36 MS 5 O'Keefe-3 (York) PPG 17:30
MS 6 Sean Patchell-2 (Dolyny, Mike Weaver) 0:52 FS 1 Kevin Swider-1 (Todd Steinmetz) PPG 1:12
MS Alban (60:00, 23 shots, 22 saves)
FS Vince Owen (40:00, 18 shots, 13 saves) Jeff Blashill (20:00, 4 shots, 3 saves)
* Michigan State played without senior center and assistant captain Sean Berens, who suffered a sprained right ankle in practice Monday. He is expected to return for Friday's game at Notre Dame. Curtis Gemmel played in Berens' spot and picked up an assist.
* The Spartans scored in the first minute of every period Tuesday night. * After a 1-for-30 start on the power play, Michigan State is 4 for its last 12. The Spartans have two PPGs in each of their last two games. * Dolyny and Patchell's goals marked the first time in two years that two freshmen scored in a game for Michigan State (Feb. 3, 1996, vs. Notre Dame, Mike Ford and Mike York scored).
* Michigan State has held four of its seven opponents to fewer than five shots in the first period. The Spartans have allowed just one first-period goal.
* Bryan Adams had a career-best three assists, his third multiple-point game of the season and second in a row. He has at elast a point in each of the last six games, a career long streak. * Mike York now has 97 career points in 83 career games (1.17 ppg). He has 29 career multiple-point games, meaning that he has scored more than one point in 35% of his career games.