Dec. 28, 2013
Site: Detroit, Mich. (Comerica Park)
Event: Great Lakes Invitational (Third-Place Game)
Score: Michigan State 3, #3 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (10-4-2), MSU (6-9-2)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 10 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 8:05 p.m. CST
DETROIT, Mich. -- Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) made 37 saves, but the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 3 USA Today, No. 3 USCHO) fell, 3-0, to Michigan State on Saturday (Dec. 28) in the consolation game of the 49th Great Lakes Invitational at Comerica Park.
Leading 1-0 after a goal early in the opening period of play, the Spartans scored twice midway through the third period to put game out of reach. Matt Berry took a diagonal pass from Jake Chelios and beat Racine over the glove at 7:32 of the third period to put Michigan State ahead 2-0. At 13:52, Brett Darnell's shot from the slot deflected off the skate of Kevin Clare (New Rochelle, N.Y.) past Racine between the pads to give the Spartans a commanding three-goal lead.
The Wolverines were outshot 40-29 on the night but held a 15-13 shot advantage in the third period. U-M had three shots on goal on a late power-play opportunity, their only one of the game, as Michigan State goaltender Jake Hildebrand (29 saves) kept Michigan off the board for the shutout. The Wolverines had not been shut out since a 4-0 loss to Michigan Tech on Dec. 29, 2012 in a GLI semifinal.
Michigan State took an early lead, scoring on its first shot of the game at 1:23. Thomas Ebbing beat Racine on a low shot that deflected off a U-M defenseman and in on the far side of the net to put the Spartans up 1-0.
Later in the period, as Michigan gained momentum and controlled play, JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) hit the post on a shot from the left side of the net. Moments later, Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) fired wide with Hildebrand out of position, as the Spartans maintained a one-goal lead heading into the first break.
Early on in the second period, Clare hit another post at 3:45, the puck deflecting high into the air and away from the slot. Later on, Racine made a nice stop on backhander by Michigan State's Matt Berry, who was all alone in front.
In the opening minutes of the third period, Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) had Michigan's best chance to tie the game. Nieves took a stretch pass from Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.), cut to his backhand, and tried to scoop a shot over the arm of Hildebrand, but the MSU goaltender made an impressive glove save at the 1:30 mark to keep the Spartans in front.
Michigan has completed non-conference play and will return to action on Jan. 10-11 with a two-game set at Wisconsin.
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423