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SPARTANS TAKE GLI TITLE.....W 12/30/09
Posted on: 12-30-2009

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>>caption:  STATE TAKES GLI HONORS<<

@ JOE LOUIS ARENA:

    Michigan State blasted past RIP 6-1
in Wednesday night's Championship
contest of the 45th annual Great Lakes
Invitational at The Joe.
    MSU has won seven of the last 13 GLI titles and 12 overall (second best to
Michigan's 13). State's four GLI crowns this decade (2000, 2004, 2006 and 2009)
are the most by any team.
    Picked a poor 9th place in this fall's CCHA pre-season poll, the Spartans are
now 14-6-2 on the season with the most wins in the nation.
    Michigan State outscored its foes 16-2 in this year's GLI including a 10-1 rout
of original tournament host Michigan Tech in Tuesday's semis.
    Four Spartans were named to the six player all-tournament team including
GLI MVP Brett Perlini (3-G & 2-A in the tournament).
    State chased an opposing goaltender for the second straight day. With just
1-sec left on an MSU power play, freshman Chris Forfar scored from the lower
right circle on a puck that bounced up off the chest protector of Rensselaer goalie
Bryce Merriam and rolled over his shoulder into the net. Dustin Gazley got a return
pass and stickhandled backward to score past Merriam on an open left corner at
14:28/1 to make it 2-0 MSU. At that point Allen York (who made 43-SV in RPI's
Tuesday win over Michigan) relieved Merriam. Like Merriam, York yielded two
goals per period thereafter.
    Dean Chelios and Jeff Petry scored 2nd-Per Spartan goals with RPI's only marker
by Patrick Cullen in between.
    Perlini and Andrew Rowe concluded the Michigan State scoring in the 3rd-Per.
    Both times RPI has played in the GLI they've lost to MSU in the championship
game, the first being in 1985.

QUOTEBOOK...

MSU H-COACH RICK COMLEY:   "Winning says a lot. It's a great way to start our
second half, and we got contributions from a lot of players this weekend. That
helps build confidence for them, too."

MSU FWD BRETT PERLINI:   "I came back with the mindset after Christmas break
that I just wanted to work hard and stay in the lineup. I got some good bounces,
and I was lucky to get some goals."
 
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    Michigan went 3-for-6 on the power play to defeat Michigan Tech 5-3 in the GLI
third place/consolation contest as the first half of the doubleheader.
    Brian Lebler and Lindsay Sparks both scored twice for the Wolverines. Matt Rust
also scored for UofM. Sparks' first goal of the season at 15:22/1 gave Michigan a
1-0 lead it would not surrender. Lebler's second goal of the game was an empty net
clincher at 19:49/3.
    Brett Olson, Eric Kattelus and Jordan Baker all scored for the Huskies.
    Michigan evened its season record at 10-10-0 while Tech fell to 3-16.

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