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Monday, February 07, 2005

Spartans + Wolverines + 130 Minutes = Deadlock

Dominic Vicari made a total of 82 saves in helping
Michigan State to a pair of ties with rival Michigan

(photo and release courtesy of MSU Sports Information)

Dominic Vicari Named CCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Sophomore netminder stops 82-of-85 shots in back-to-back overtime ties with Michigan.

East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State sophomore netminder Dominic Vicari (Clinton Township, Mich.) has been selected as the CCHA Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in MSU’s back-to-back overtime ties with No. 5 Michigan last weekend. It marks the third time this season that Vicari has earned CCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Vicari, who practiced only sparingly last week as he battled the flu and had to work extremely hard during the game and between periods to stay hydrated, stopped 82-of-85 shots (.965) on the weekend. In State’s 2-2 tie with Michigan Friday (Feb. 3), Vicari stopped 41 shots, including 17 in the opening stanza, 10 in the middle, 11 in the third and three in the extra session in helping the Spartans to a dramatic comeback tie. In Saturday’s 1-1 tie, the Clinton Township, Mich., native once again stopped 41 shots, including eight in the first, 11 in the second, 18 in the third and four in overtime. He earned No. 3 star of the game honors Friday and No. 1 star honors Saturday.

For the season, Vicari has posted an 11-10-3 overall record along with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .928 saves percentage. Currently, he ranks sixth in the country in saves percentage and 13th in GAA. In addition, he has four shutouts to pace the CCHA.

Michigan State (13-11-4 overall, 8-9-3 CCHA) makes the trek to Fairbanks, Alaska, for a two-game set with the UAF Nanooks (9-12-3 overall, 8-11-3 CCHA) this weekend. Face-off is set for 11:05 p.m. ET both nights.

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