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Monday, January 14, 2008

MSU beats, ties Notre Dame

By Matt Mackinder/Michigan State Beat Writer

Michigan State took three points from Notre Dame last weekend with a win on Friday and settling for a tie Sunday afternoon.

On Friday night, Michigan State earned its first victory of the season over a ranked team, posting a 3-1 victory over No. 6 Notre Dame at Munn Ice Arena.

Justin Abdelkader got the game-winner with under two minutes remaining in regulation for the Spartans, who got a 30-save effort from goalie Jeff Lerg.

"These two teams are good teams and evenly matched,” noted MSU head coach Rick Comley. “When we play each other, they are going to be those types of games. This was our best game I think. There have been so many games we have gone into with that expectation that we are going to win - by everybody. This one, it was a toss-up going in and I think it had good emotion.”

Matt Schepke and Nick Sucharski scored the other goals for the Spartans.

Sunday in South Bend, Ryan Thang scored at 19:22 of the third period to pull the Irish into a 1-1 tie.

Sucharski netted MSU’s goal and Lerg finished with 34 saves.

The Spartans managed just 15 shots on goal – a season low – and their fewest shots on net since a 1-0 victory over Michigan on Nov. 4, 2000 in which they had just 13 shots.

Michigan State (14-5-4, 10-2-2 CCHA) continues its four-game road swing this weekend with a set at Ohio State.

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