Jan. 16, 1998
MSU Downs Alaska Fairbanks, 6-1
|Mike York scored twice in the first eight minutes for MSU. (File Photo)|
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Mike York scored two goals in the first 7:13 to lead Michigan State on an offensive romp over Alaska Fairbanks, 6-1, Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. Freshman goaltender Joe Blackburn -- getting a rare start over Hobey Baker Award candidate Chad Alban -- earned the victory by making 15 saves on 16 shots in just over 50 minutes of play.
Michigan State scored three times on the power play -- on its first three opportunities and in just 1:34 of power-play time -- to lead the rout. After York's goals, Shawn Horcoff netted his ninth of the season to lift the Spartans to a 3-0 lead. It appeared as if the rout was on, but Jeff Trembecky scored for the pesky Nanooks to cut the lead to 3-1 before the period ended.
Sean Berens scored for the fifth consecutive game -- on the power-play, his eighth PPG of the year -- to put Michigan State back in control 2:15 into the second. Sean Patchell and Kevin O'Keefe scored even-strength goals for MSU to ice it in the third.
- Michigan State has scored six goals in three of its last four games after scoring six goals just once in the first 21 games.
- The Spartans have held their opponent to two goals or fewer in 21 of their 25 games.
- Mike York has scored the first goal of the game in all three games since his return from the World Junior Championship. He has scored MSU's first goal eight times (in 21 games) this season and has done it 18 times in the last two seasons.
- York had his eighth career two-goal game (third this year) and 34th multiple point game of his career (team-leading eighth this year). He has 115 points in 97 career games (1.19 ppg).
- Michigan State scored two power-play goals in the first period for the second consecutive game. The Spartans are 13-for-33 (39.4%) on the power play since the start of the Great Lakes Invitational. Since York's return, the Spartans are 8-for-16 (50%). It took the Spartans just 1:34 of power-play time to score three power-play goals.
- Sean Berens had his fifth consecutive multiple-point game and also scored a goal for the fifth consecutive game. He has 11-3-14 totals in the last five games.
- Sean Berens (20 goals) matched his goal total from all of last season.
- Michigan State improved to 23-2 all-time when Tyler Harlton has a point.