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Saturday, October 08, 2011

MSU takes dramatic third at IceBreaker

By Matt Mackinder/Michigan State Beat Writer

Michigan State made coach Tom Anastos' first win of his tenure a memorable one as the Spartans topped Air Force in overtime in the consolation game Saturday night of the IceBreaker Tournament in Grand Forks, N.D.

Lee Reimer's second goal of the game won the game for MSU, 3-2, while Will Yanakeff stopped 26 shots for the win between the pipes.

Greg Wolfe also scored for the Spartans (1-1-0).

"It was really nice to get the first win for our team and Coach Anastos," Reimer told msuspartans.com. "We had to just keep going and it will be nice to head home on a high note. Hopefully, we can keep it going next week."

Friday night, No. 5 Boston College scored three goals in the final 8:20 of regulation to hand Michigan State a 5-2 loss.

Brett Perlini and Trevor Nill had the MSU goals and Drew Palmisano made 30 saves in defeat.

"I think we made some mistakes tonight and mistakes tend to end up in the back of your net," said Anastos to msuspartans.com. "Credit to Boston College, because that is a very good team that we played. We got what we expected out of them - they move the puck well, and have good speed.

"Our focus is making good decisions for 60 minutes. When you don't make good decisions, you become a lot easier to play against. Our goal is to be a very difficult team to play - we want to make people have to go through us, that every battle is a tough one."

The Spartans travel to Lake Superior State next weekend to open CCHA play.

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