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WOLVERINES STRETCH ICE STREAK OVER SPARTANS.....MICHIGAN 6, MICHIGAN STATE 2, F 1/23/09
Posted on: 01-23-2009

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    Michigan skated past Michigan
State 6-2 Friday night for their
fourth win in four meetings this
season, stretching UofM's win streak
over the Spartans to five games.
    The last time the Wolverines
defeated the hockey Spartans in five
consecutive games was a during a span including the 1979-80 and 1980-81
campaigns.
    The #8 nationally ranked UM squad never trailed against the young and
offensively challenged Spartys. Both times State managed to get on the
scoreboard, Michigan quickly responded.
    UofM's Louie Caporusso, the nation's leading goal-scorer, tallied twice (#19
& #20) and also added an assist. Travis Turnbull had a trio of Wolverine assists
to tie his career-high.
    Michigan's Matt Rust (#4) got the game's first goal at 5:10/1 on a deflection
between the pads of MSU goalie Jeff Lerg.
    Michigan State briefly tied the contest exactly 1-min into the 2nd-Per on a
30-foot slapshot between the circles by Tim Buttery. The Spartan freshman
got his first collegiate career goal over the shoulder on his onetime Redford-
Detroit Catholic Central teammate Bryan Hogan, who manned the Michigan nets.
    Danny Fardig (#2) put the Wolverines ahead to stay 2:22 later ar 3:22/2
when he jammed a rebound under the glove of a diving Lerg. A backhander by
Carl Hagelin (#7) made it 3-1 Michigan at 5:53/2.
    Things then settled down until the 3rd-Per when Capourusso opened and closed
the final frame scoring. His first goal at 1:43/3 was on a shot off the skate of State's
Brandon Gentile and his second came on a deke and a wrister at 16:49/3. In between,
MSU's Dustin Gazley (#5) got behind two UM defenders to make it 4-2 at 13:39/3.
However, just 29-sec later David Wohlberg (#10) countered with a top shelf shot at
14:08/3.
    All the goals in the game came at even strength.  
    MSU's Lerg made 30-SV and UofM's Hogan 22-SV.      
    Michigan improved to 17-8-0 on the season including 11-6-0-0 in CCHA play. MSU
fell to 7-15-3 and 4-11-2-0.           

QUOTEBOOK...

UM H-COACH RED BERENSON:   "The turning point may have been the missed shot
by MSU (early in the 2nd-Per) when [Tristin Llewellyn] saved it and then we came
back and scored a goal. Some of the goals were lucky goals and some of the goals
were good goals...But still, as a coach, you feel that we have to do a lot of things
better tomorrow night."

UM FWD LOUIS CAPORUSSO:   ""I didn't think that we played that great of a game
...We weren't playing well positionally or making the ordinary plays you do in a regular
hockey game. We were playing shinny hockey and luckily it worked out well for us, and
we were able to put in the goals."

MSU H-COACH RICK COMLEY:     "I thought we played pretty well for 40 minutes...
They're a pretty good team...For what we have, I thought we worked well for two
periods...It's a young team that's not as good as it needs to be...We don't score
well, we don't score easy...You just gotta hope that some of these young kids get
better...If I had other people to put in there, they'd be in there."

OVERTIME:

    Michigan has now won eight straight at The Joe.
    UM has out-scored MSU an aggregate 22-7 in their four meetings this season.
    The Wolverines are now 132-118-18 all-time against the Spartans including
27-17-5 at JLA.
    Michigan State's "Shoot for a Cure" initiative raised more than $3,700 through
a silent auction at Joe Louis Arena on Friday. In the 2008-09 season, the initiative
has raised more than $10,000 for the fight against children's cancer. In 2007-08,
$5,000 was raised. All money goes to Cure Kids Cancer at Lansing's Sparrow Hospital.
    The two teams rematch at Michigan's Yost Arena Saturday night on FSND cable.

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