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Michigan State Spartans Hockey Swept By CCHA Rival Notre Dame Fighting Irish 5-1


No. 5 ranked Notre Damedominated in scoring, despite being out shot by the Spartans 30-23.

The Fighting Irish scored once in the first and twice in both the second and third period. Michigan State scored just once at the end of the third period, stopping the shut out and ending the game 5-1 Notre Dame. Leading Spartan scorer Matt Berry credited with the only Spartan goal.

The Spartans weak goal-tending was apparent in the 5-1 loss.

Michigan State junior goaltender Will Yanakeff lost his starting job after a 5-1 loss to the Michigan Wolverines in early November, but was given a chance to start again tonight. His time off apparently did not help his play. Yanakeff allowed 5 goals and earned a dismal .783 save percentage on the night. Last year, Yanakeff was the only Spartan to be named to the Preseason All-Conference team in the CCHA, but will now likely not see much more playing time this year. Michigan State will continue to rely on the strong play of freshman starter Jake Hildebrand.

Both teams went 0/5 on power play oppurtunities.

Michigan State will play one game next Saturday against another ranked CCHA team, No. 16 Ferris State.

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