Jan. 16, 1998
York, Alban Lead MSU Past Ferris, 7-0
|Gets 10th career shutout in 7-0 victory.|
Mike York's first career hat trick and Chad Alban's 10th career shutout carried the No. 2 Michigan State hockey team to its 20th victory of the season, a 7-0 rout of Ferris State in Big Rapids Saturday night.
Michigan State improves to 20-3-3 on the year (12-3-2 and in second place in the CCHA, three points behind Michigan).
York had scored the first goal of the game in the last three contests but waited to start his heroics Saturday. Freshman Rustyn Dolyny took over the duties as power-play sniper for the Spartans, converting on MSU's first two opportunities.
Dolyny scored his 10th of the season just 4:19 into the game and followed that with his second of the game and 11th of the year less than three mintues into the second period. The first power-play unit of Dolyny, York, Sean Berens, Jeff Kozakowski and Brad Hodgins have accounted for all nine of Michigan State's power-play goals in the last three games (in 19 opportunities, 47%).
With his second two-goal game of the year in hand -- both against Ferris State -- Dolyny stepped aside for York to showcase his offensive talents. He scored the Spartans' next two goals, one in the second period and another 2:55 into the third.
Meanwhile, things were quiet at Chad Alban's end of the rink as the Hobey Baker candidate was only forced to make 14 saves, although several were quality chances. Alban also helped limit the opposition's shots, as he always does, by playing the puck over 30 times during the course of the game.
Alban's long pass to Dolyny helped set up Shawn Horcoff's goal 29 seconds after York's, although assists went to Damon Whitten and Dolyny. For Horcoff it was his 10th goal of the season. He, York and Berens all matched their goal totals from last year at some point in the two games this weekend.
York put the finishing touches on his first hat trick midway through the third, making it 6-0. No hats rained from the Ewigleben Ice Arena stands, however. "That's all right," York said afterwards. "I've got plenty of hats at home."
Kevin O'Keefe, who assisted on an earlier goal and also had a goal Friday night, capped the scoring on an unassisted tally when he forced a turnover in the Ferris zone and scored on his own rebound.
For MSU, it was the fourth time in five games that the Spartans have scored six or more goals after scoring six just once in the first 21 games. Defense remained the name of the game, however, as the Spartans held their opponent to two goals or fewer for the fifth consecutive game and 22nd time in 26 contests this year.
Alban tied the MSU single-season shutout record with his fourth whitewash of the year, equalling a record previously held by Joe Selinger (1958-59). He already held the MSU record for career shutouts and improved that mark to 10, while equalling Michigan's Marty Turco for the CCHA record for career shutouts with eight.
Michigan State has now won 20 games for the 16th time in 17 seasons. The Spartans look for win No. 21 next Saturday, Jan. 24, against Lake Superior at Munn Ice Arena.