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DETROIT -- By way of the records, Michigan State entered the opening game of the 45th Annual Great Lakes Invitational as the favorites.
After the throttling it handed Michigan Tech Tuesday afternoon, 10-1, the Spartans appear on the verge of capturing their first GLI crown since 2006.
“Good win,” Michigan State coach Rick Comley said after the win. “[But] it’s no fun being on either bench in a game like that.”
It was the largest goal output from Michigan State (13-6-2, 9-3-2-0 CCHA) since March 14, 2003, an 11-1 victory over Alaska Fairbanks. It was also the second-highest goal total in a GLI contest for the Spartans; they’ve notched 12 once.
Michigan State got started with a power-play goal from Brett Perlini 4:29 in. Michigan Tech (3-15-0, 2-12-0 WCHA) matched MSU’s goal on Drew Dobson’s third of the season.
That’s as close as the Huskies got the rest of the night.
Michigan State scored nine unanswered goals, many seemingly with ease and others from unexpected sources. It was something the Spartans made sure to acknowledge after the game.
“We have a lot of guys in our locker room capable of getting that goal late in the game,” MSU forward Corey Tropp said. “Fortunately, tonight we didn’t have to worry about finding that late goal.”
Perlini, Zach Golembiewski, Matt Crandall and Trevor Nill each scored their first goals of the season.
Zach Josepher and Tropp (first period), and Dustin Gazley, Daultan Leveille and Nick Sucharski (second) also scored for the Spartans.
Nill and Perlini scored third-period goals.
Michigan Tech, which came into the game sporting a mere three victories, was not satisfied with its effort.
“Young team, we really let things get away from us,” he said. “State definitely executed and converted.”
Freshman Kevin Genoe started the game and allowed two goals on five shots before Josh Robinson took over. Robinson finished with 17 saves.
Drew Palmisano started for Michigan State and stopped 28 shots.
MSU plays the winner of the Michigan/RPI game tomorrow night.
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