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02-23-2008, 12:54 AM
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Michigan went down earlier tonight to State 5-2 in a very entertaining game.

First off, gotta give Red Berenson a great big on coaching his 1,000th game, even if his boys did come out on the short end of it.

Until the third period, the Wolverines really kept it close, but the Spartans busted it open in third with three goals, two of which came in a span of about 20 seconds apart. Despite giving up five goals, I thought that Sauer played really well and I think he'll be able to bounce back just fine tomorrow night. IMO, what really cost Michigan, especially in the third period were defensive zone lapses and bad penalties (which in this particular case seemed to go hand in hand). Berenson definitely could NOT have been happy with his team's defensive effort tonight. Travis Turnbull, who replaced Chad Kolarik on the Porter line, I thought played well, all things considered.

As for the Spartans, the Wolverines have to figure out a way to shutdown Abdelkader and Kennedy because these two (along with Chris Mueller) were burning the Wolverines much of the game and not surprisingly, figured prominently in MSU's win. Also, a note to Michigan - you guys have to shoot high on Lerg. If the shots are low, then chances are he's stopping them. Lerg may be small but he's quick, moves extremely well and his positioning down low is nearly unbeatable, especially if he sees the shot coming.

But the player for the Spartans that IMO was the most impressive was Jeff Petry. On the goal that Kennedy scored, the shot he put on net was perfect for a rebound chance that TK put home. Couldn't really fault Sauer on that one. This IMO was Petry's best game so far. He's really gotten comfortable with jumping into plays and having the puck on his stick. It's good to see him finally showing the offensive prowess that people were raving about when he was in the USHL.

Tomorrow night's game at the Joe should be a doozy. For those of you not attending and/or outside the Detroit area can catch it on the tube on FSN Detroit (and on FCS Atlantic for those of you on Comcast Digital cable outside of the Detroit area).

BTW Michigan fans some more bad news.....Miami won tonight 2-0 over Western and Ferris continues to roll right along. They beat BGSU 2-1.

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