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Spartans take frustrations out on LSSU

Zac MacVoy

Jan. 4, 2008

EAST LANSING - A Michigan State hockey team that lost two games at last weekend's Great Lakes Invitational took its frustrations out on Lake Superior State and manhandled the Lakers for an 8-2 win Friday at Munn Arena.

The 10th-ranked Spartans (13-5-2 overall, 9-2-0 Central Collegiate Hockey Association) improved this season's series record against LSSU to 3-0-0. The Lakers (2-12-3 overall, 0-9-2 CCHA) and Spartans play again at 5:05 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be televised live on FSN-Detroit.

MSU's Tim Crowder scored the first of his two goals at 1:08 of the first period against a Laker team that had been idle since early December. LSSU's Zac MacVoy tied it 1-1 by scoring the Lakers' first short-handed goal of the season at 4:42 of the opening period, but the Spartans quickly answered on a power-play goal by Matt Schepke 55 seconds later.

Schepke's goal ignited a MSU scoring spurt that gave the Spartans a 6-1 lead. LSSU's Justin Gutwald scored at 18:57 of the second period to complete the Lakers' scoring and cut the Spartans' lead to 6-2. Josh Sim drew the only assist on Gutwald's first goal of the season.

Schepke led MSU with a goal and three assists, while Crowder and Michael Ratchuk each had two goals and one assist.

MSU was 3-for-4 on the power play, while LSSU was 0-for-5.

LSSU starting goaltender Pat Inglis allowed six goals and totaled 19 saves through two periods. Brian Mahoney-Wilson allowed two goals and stopped eight shots during the third period.

MSU goaltender Jeff Lerg (12-5-2) gave up two goals and compiled 29 saves through 52:39. Bobby Jarosz had three saves during the final 7:21. MSU out-shot LSSU, 35-34.

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