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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Spartans' playoff run ends with sweep to Miami

Compiled by MiCHO Staff

Michigan State may still make the NCAA tournament as an at-large team, but the Spartans' run in the CCHA tournament came to an abrupt halt this weekend as Miami swept MSU in two straight games down in Oxford, Ohio.

"I couldn't have asked for more from our guys in terms of the way they competed tonight," said MSU coach Tom Anastos to msuspartans.com after Saturday night's 4-1 loss. "We lost to a very good team - probably the toughest team we played this season. We talked about laying it on the line for our seniors and I thought we did that tonight. We didn't accomplish our goal of coming away with a win, but we competed hard."

Michigan State captain Torey Krug netted the lone goal for the Spartans (19-15-4) and goaltender Drew Palmisano made 38 saves.

In Friday night's series opener, the RedHawks blitzed MSU for a 6-0 shutout. Will Yanakeff started in goal and made 21 saves on 26 shots before Palmisano played the third period and stopped 12 of 13.

MSU will miss its fifth consecutive CCHA championship weekend, as the Spartans last played at Joe Louis Arena back in 2007.

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