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‘Better Effort’ Gives Michigan State Exhibition Victory, 7-0

Goodenow, Patchell Score Goal, Two Assists

— Forwards Joe Goodenow and Sean Patchell each scored a goal and had two assists Friday night as Michigan State blanked Western Ontario 7-0 in an exhibition game at Munn Ice Arena.

“We had a better effort overall,” said coach Ron Mason. “We had more attention to detail and our guys had some emotion going into the game. This was a good test for us strength-wise. They knocked us around a little bit. I think that was good for us — it makes us make faster decisions.”

Michigan State lost to the U.S. Under-18 team 6-4 on Tuesday.

Seven different MSU skaters scored goals. The Spartans broke the game open with four second-period goals.

Michigan State goaltender Ryan Miller earned the shutout by turning aside 11 shots. Western Ontario goaltenders Denver England and Jarrett Rose combined to make 40 stops.

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  • css228

    “They won a big game, but couldn’t follow through with a sound performance… in front of the home crowd… on Senior Night… the following evening.” – This is what’s troubling to us, not that we didn’t win the Cleary. Trust me, if the team makes wins the ECAC tourney, makes a deep run into NCAAs or both, no one’s going to lose any sleep over having been the two seed. What we’re more worried about was that if we had a even held a reasonable portion of 3rd period leads this year, then we’d be a top 5 team no doubt. Its the process, not the results that are worrisome in Ithaca. Given the process of having blown 12 3rd period leads this season, I’d say 2nd is pretty good.

  • 4life4america

    As a UNION Alum who was at the sold-out game, it was clear that the Cornell team has a wealth of youth, talent and speed and size. They have a great home field arena. The game had to be emotionally draining for both teams. Cornell is not easy to beat in Ithaca and Colgate is not easy to beat in Hamilton. An impressive road trip for RPI against all odds. 

  • Hewm12

    as a slu fan i would love to see rpi get hot right now. bc if slu gets past dartmouth we wouldn’t have to play union in the next round :p

  • Dbagcarlos

    Cornell has play up or down to its oposition all year.  Should have beat BU, beat CC, lost to Brown and lost Merceyhurst.

  • Tampa Union

    Clearly more important for Cornell to win ecac tourney than to win the cleary.. union will get into the dance regardless.. Cornell will likely need a win in the tourney

    • FunWithPairwise

      Cornell will need to sweep it’s quarterfinal series and needs a win over a TUC in Atlantic City (because if they don’t win the tournament it means they likely have a loss against a TUC).  UMass dropping out of TUC status would help as well.

  • Tampa Union

    Wow.. even the Cleary can’t buy Union a headline.. that’s ok when the seals got bin laden they flew at 500ft in the mountains.. like Union on the flight to Tampa…

  • RedandWhite

    This Cornell fan wanted the one seed and doesn’t care about the Cleary.  And I’m far more concerned about what losing to RPI did to our Pairwise chances.  I haven’t been to Lynah in a few years but I don’t recall that we ever hung banners for winning the regular season.  And as far as I remember the trophy didn’t even have a name until 2001.  It has all the meaning as the President’s Trophy in the NHL.

  • jt

    cornell fans are the worst..they are annoying and they whine too much…its gonna be great to watch them get left out of the NCAA tourney.