Thursday, January 06, 2011

A Quick FYS Preview

Since this post has nothing to do with Jim Harbaugh, it's going to be quick so you can get back to hitting F5 over and over on MGoBlog and The Wolverine.

Since we last saw the Spartans, they've gone 1-1. They got down 5-2 to Colorado College before coming back and scoring a late goal on a 6 on 4 to make it 5-4 with 49 seconds left. They also battled Michigan Tech, similar to us, before ultimately prevailing 5-3. It was a 2-2 game until late in the second period.

Like Michigan, FYS got goals from unlikely sources. Kevin Walrod scored a pair of goals against Michigan Tech. Those were his first two collegiate goals. Lee Reimer scored his first career goal against Colorado College.

Drew Palmisano was yanked after giving up 5 goals on 15 shots in the game against CC. Willie Yanakeff stopped all eight shots he faced in relief. They also went with Yanakeff against Tech and he stopped 22 of 25 shots. His only other action this season was during a weekend series against Notre Dame. He got a no decision on Friday night before losing on Saturday. Given that he picked up a win against Tech and Michigan has been regularly lighting up Palmisano (3-4-0, 3.00 goals against, .828 save percentage(!!!!!!)), there's a least a chance we'll see the backup sieve.

Friday night's game from Munn will air on the Big Ten Network. Saturday's game at Yost is on Fox Sports Detroit.

Michigan holds a 22-20-11 lead in games since 99-00 and have won the last four in the series.

For the season, Michigan State is 7-10-3, 3-8-1-0 in the CCHA. They're buried in tenth place in the CCHA and could not move out of that slot even with a weekend sweep. Michigan sits one point behind Notre Dame and one point ahead of Miami with a game in hand on both teams. Notre Dame is at Northern this weekend while the RedHawks are in Columbus to take on the Buckeyes.

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