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Monday, February 20, 2012

Spartans sweep Alaska to close out home schedule

Compiled by MiCHO Staff

Michigan State swept Alaska at Munn Ice Arena over the weekend, including a 3-0 shutout Saturday night as part of Senior Night.

"We felt that we needed to get six points against Alaska to go into the final weekend with a good chance to get home ice and a first-round bye," said MSU coach Tom Anastos Saturday night to MSUSpartans.com. "I thought that we were a little out of synch in the first period. We changed things up and put more emphasis on getting pucks deep and putting pressure on their defense. Overall, we're pleased that we set that goal of six points and it was mission accomplished."

Senior netminder Drew Palmisano (pictured) made 27 saves and junior captain Torey Krug had two assists. Dean Chelios, Tanner Sorenson and Lee Reimer scored for MSU (18-12-4, 13-10-3-2 CCHA).

Friday night, Brett Perlini scored 3:08 into overtime to give Michigan State a 3-2 victory.

Brent Darnell scored the first two goals for MSU and Will Yanakeff, in his fifth straight start, made 25 stops in goal.

"It was a win, and in the end, that is the most important thing," said Anastos to MSUSpartans.com. "We got what we thought we would from Alaska - their goaltender (Scott Greenham) was very good and they are very difficult to play against. I didn't think we were very good in the first period and better in the second. The third, I think we found a little something that was lacking. That shot by Perlini was a big one - we're really fighting for points here and this is a big win."

The Spartans play two in Notre Dame next weekend to wrap up the regular season.

Photo/Matt Mackinder/MiCHO

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