CCHA Game 2 Notebook
CHN Staff Report
DETROIT Michigan State is now unbeaten in eight straight against Michigan (3-0-5). The Spartans overpowered the
Wolverines, 4-1, on Friday to advance to the CCHA Championship against Miami. Freshman forward Tim Crowder netted a pair of goals and sophomore center Chris Mueller tallied two helpers. Freshman goaltender Jeff Lerg was solid in goal, making 25 saves on 26 shots.
Quotes from the aftermath:
Michigan coach Red Berenson — "The only thing I can say is we have to play better tomorrow."
"As for tonight's game, it was a disappointment. We didn't get off to a good start, but we played better in the second and third periods."
Senior captain Andrew Ebbett — "We were disappointed. Usually when we get the first goal we play better. That was one of the worst first periods ever."
Senior goalie Noah Ruden — "Coach always says it's the goalies job to keep the team in the game and give them a chance to win. It might look good but we didn't get the win."
Michigan State coach Rick Comley — "I thought we played real well. We had a very good hockey game. It was entertaining from my vantage point."
"You don't beat a quality team like Michigan without playing well."
Sophomore Forward Zak McClellan — "It's a great feeling (scoring the game winner). The fourth line just went out there and got some good opportunities."
Freshmen Goalie Jeff Lerg — "It's a dream come true to play at Michigan State. You have to enjoy it will you're here, it goes by fast, and especially when you win it is a lot more fun."
* Andrew Ebbett extended his season-high point streak to eight games, a game shy of his career high (9). Ebbett has accrued a 5-8-13 line in the duration. Ebbett is Michigan's current CCHA tournament scoring leader. The Wolverine captain has 13 points (3-10-13) in 16 games with all three of his goals coming in 2006.
* Michigan slips to 14-4-2 when scoring first.
* Seniors Corey Potter and David Booth have each registered a point in every Spartan playoff game this season. Potter (1-5-6) and Booth (2-4-6) both assisted on Michigan State's first goal of the game.
* Sophomore Zak McClellan ended his career-high pointless streak at nine games. His last point was a goal that came on Dec. 9 at Alaska-Fairbanks.
* Crowder and Chris Mueller became the seventh and eighth Spartans to eclipse the 25-point mark on the season. Crowder has amassed a 14-12-26 line while Mueller has a 12-14-26 total. With his pair of goals, Crowder recorded his first career multi-goal game. Mueller's two assists marks his first multi-assist game of the season.