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Monday, October 25, 2010

Spartans take three points from Alaska

By Matt Mackinder/Michigan State Beat Writer

Michigan State took three CCHA points at home over the weekend by tying Alaska on Friday night and then downing the Nanooks the following evening.

In the first game, Trevor Nill scored MSU’s only goal in regulation and Drew Palmisano made 27 saves between the pipes in the 1-1 tie.

Alaska won the ensuing shootout in controversial manner as an apparent goal by MSU’s first shooter, Dean Chelios, was disallowed when it was ruled he had halted the forward motion of the puck.

Saturday night, MSU captain Torey Krug, Jake Chelios (first NCAA goal), Brock Shelgren and Daultan Leveille tallied in a dominant 4-1 win to push the Spartans’ overall record to 2-0-2 and 1-0-1 in CCHA play.

Palmisano stopped 18 shots for the victory and freshman Greg Wolfe drew an assist on Chelios’ goal for his first NCAA point.

"It’s just the way things are going right now," noted Shelgren after the game to MSUSpartans.com, when asked if the blueliners felt that they needed to generate offense for MSU to get wins. "Right now, it just happens that it’s some of the defensemen getting goals. Our forwards will get it going, too, and we will be fine. The important thing to everyone in our locker room is that we are getting the results we want."

MSU, unbeaten in its first four games for the first time since the 2005-06 season (3-0-1), hosts the only men's Division I independent team, Alabama-Huntsville, this weekend at Munn for two games Friday and Saturday night.

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