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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Spartans split with RedHawks on the road

A furious three-goal barrage in the first six minutes of the third period turned a 1-0 deficit into a Spartan lead, and Jeff Lerg put forth a fantastic 25-save effort as Michigan State salvaged the back end of a road series with a 4-1 victory over Miami on Saturday night.

Spartans' head coach Rick Comley captured his 700th career win, just the fifth NCAA coach to reach the plateau and the third active coach to reach the milestone.

"While 700 wins is certainly a nice thing personally, the way it happened tonight makes it really satisfying," admitted Comley after the game. "Everyone chipped in - we put people where we had to in the lineup, and guys just stepped up. This was a big win for us."

Tim Crowder scored twice for MSU and Bryan Lerg and Daniel Vukovic added singles. Chris Mueller added a pair of assists.

Friday night, the RedHawks took a 5-2 win over MSU.

Jim McKenzie and Brandon Warner were the Spartan goal scorers and Lerg finished with 20 saves through two periods. Bobby Jarosz played the third period and stopped all 14 shots fired his way.

"We allowed two goals of of faceoffs, and looked tired and sluggish at times," Comley said. "We knew it would be a tough series down here, so we need to separate the games from one another."

MSU (12-8-1, 8-6-1 CCHA) returns to action Friday with their first home game in nearly six weeks, hosting Alaska in a two-game set at Munn Ice Arena.

Comley photo (from the GLI) by Matt Mackinder

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