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Posted on: 11-14-2009

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    Michigan State swept an ice hockey
weekend series from rival Michigan for
the first time since FEB 20-21, 1998 with
a 2-0 shutout in East Lansing Saturday
    The Spartans had edged the Wolverines
3-2 in Ann Arbor on Friday to end a six game
losing skid vs UM.
    MSU goaltender Drew Palmisano earned his
second shutout with 31-SV and also drew an
assist on State's second goal by Andrew Rowe
(#6) at 1:22/3.
    Chris Forfar (#4) gave State the early 1-0 lead at 12:58/1.
    The Wolverines outshot the Spartans 31-19, but Michigan's power play
malfunctioned again to go 0-for-6 Saturday after an 0-for-5 Friday effort.
    Michigan State leads the nation in wins with a 9-2-1 record and leads the CCHA
with a mark of 6-1-1. MSU is unbeaten in its last seven outings.
    UofM's losing streak is its longest since a similar four game spell NOV 25TH--
DEC 3RD of 2005 and the Wolverines are just 1-5 this season when the opposition
scores first.  


MSU H-COACH RICK COMLEY:   "I thought we really struggled in the first period, we
kind of lost our system, lost our style of play and played their game up and down the
ice. We got it back under control in the second and third periods, but got a couple
of penalties late. But after last year and getting hammered by them five times, it's
a good step."

MSU GOALIE DREW PALMISANO:   " It was a great weekend for us, especially against
our rivals, Michigan, for us to get two. One at Yost and then come back here and
the atmosphere tonight was incredible...Coming out onto the ice at the start of the
game, I just got chills looking around, coming out in the smoke and seeing 7,000 plus.
And the last 30 seconds of the game when everyone was on their feet and just cheering
is something I'll never forget."

UM H-COACH RED BERENSON:   "Right now, we're just in a tough stretch and we knew
we were playing good teams. I thought we played well, but costly goals and the opportunities
to score -- we didn't capitalize on them. Louie [Caporusso] had a breakaway, walked in [and
hit the post], but you've got to put those in."

UM DEF STEVE KAMPFER:   "We're having a hard time scoring goals right now and we can't
give them up too easily."


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