Michigan State Beats Note Dame, 3-1
200th Consecutive Sellout Watches
EAST LANSING, Mich.--Freshman right wing Rustyn Dolyny scored his fifth goal in as many games and Sean Berens added an empty-net goal, lifting Michigan State to a 3-1 victory over Notre Dame tonight at Munn Arena.
The win improves the Spartans to 7-1-2 on the season (5-1-1 CCHA) and was the team's first victory of the year in Munn (1-1-2). The crowd of 6,457 marked the 200th consecutive regular-season sellout at Munn, a streak which dates to Dec. 19, 1985.
Sophomore center Shawn Horcoff got MSU on the board first jst 3:48 into the game as the Spartans developed several chances on the power play. It was MSU's first power-play goal in 17 opportunities as the Spartans finished one for two with the man advantage. Notre Dame tied the score at 1-1 with just over two minutes remaining in the first period. The game remained tied as goaltenders Matt Eisler (Notre Dame) and Chad Alban (MSU) kept the game scoreless through all of the second period and most of the third.
Dolyny, playing with fellow freshman Damon Whitten (LW) and Horcoff (C), chased a Whitten shot from the blue line for his game-winning goal. Eisler made the save on Whitten, but left the rebound in front, where Dolyny scooped it up and fired it in the net.
Berens added an empty net goal on assists from Mike York and Mike Weaver to make the final score 3-1.
Redshirt freshman defenseman Brody Brandstatter, a native of East Lansing, played his first career game for MSU tonight. Michigan State returns to action next Friday and Saturday, again at home, vs. Division I independent Mankato State.