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Monday, January 31, 2005

Spartans fall to U.S. Under-18 Team

Colton Fretter had a goal and two assists, but Michigan State dropped a 4-3 exhibition decision to the U.S. Under-18 Team on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena.

The U.S. Team, including MSU recruit Brandon Gentile, received a 46-save performance from Jeff Frazee (Minnesota) in the victory. Dominic Vicari made 19 saves for MSU.

Captain Jim Slater and Drew Miller scored MSU's other goals.

Boston University recruit Jason Lawrence's short-handed goal with 6:11 left in the third period won it for USA. Jack Skille (Wisconsin) and Peter Mueller (Minnesota) also scored for the U.S.

Phil Kessel, the top non-committed college player with the U.S. program, had a goal and an assist for the U.S.

"We had a couple open nets early in the game," MSU head coach Rick Comley said. "(David) Booth had a couple unbelievable chances that he just didn't put away, and it's been that way the whole year. We just don't have offensive skill. I think we work hard, we generate chances, but you don't teach scoring."

"We did enough, obviously, to win," U.S. head coach Ron Rolston said. "We had great goaltending - Jeff Frazee was the difference in the hockey game for us. He's got the potential; he's good. He kept us in the game to give us the chance, and we're pretty opportunistic; when we get scoring chances, we've got a lot of guys that can finish. That's a big difference on a hockey team."

The Spartans (13-11-2, 8-9-1 CCHA) travel to Michigan on Friday night (7:35 p.m.) before playing the same Wolverines Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena for a 7:30 p.m. start. Both games are on Fox Sports Net Detroit.

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