Saturday, October 15, 2005
Spartans earn win over Western Ontario
Bryan Lerg had a goal and an assist and Peder Skinner (left) added a pair of assists as Michigan State downed Western Ontario, 4-2, Friday night in an exhibition game at Munn Ice Arena.
"It was a hard game to play and that's what I expected it to be," MSU head coach Rick Comley said. "It was probably good for our kids because they had to play in a very physical hockey game and keep their composure. The only time they really came close to scoring on us was on the power play and it was a good game for our young players. I think it was a hard game for our older players and a good game for our younger kids."
Jim McKenzie, Colton Fretter and captain Drew Miller also scored for Michigan State. Goaltender Jeff Lerg made 11 saves for the win.
At the other end, Scott Dickie stopped 38 shots for the Mustangs, including 23 in the first period. Former Windsor Spitfires' captain Craig Kennedy scored for Western, while Kevin Richardson (goal, assist) and Chris Eade (two assists) had multi-point games in the loss.
"Going into the Michigan game, it is better to fight the battle and take the win than to win a blowout," Skinner said. "Now we know how hard we have to work every night."
The Spartans open the CCHA schedule at Michigan next Saturday.