Oct. 26, 2000

Notre Dame, Ind. – (Notre Dame, Ind.)…The Michigan State Spartans scored three power play goals to roll to a 5-1 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Thursday night in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Joyce Center.

The win was the Spartans first at the Joyce Center since 1997 and stopped Notre Dame’s three-game (1-0-2) home unbeaten streak versus MSU. The win was the Spartans’ second straight and improved their record to 3-1-1 on the year and 2-1-0 in the CCHA. Notre Dame falls to 2-4-1 overall and 0-1-0 in league play. The two teams meet again Friday night at 7:05 p.m.

MSU got on the board first when Steve Jackson scored the Spartan’s first power play goal at 14:01 of the first period. John Nail and Andrew Hutchinson picked up the assists.

The Spartans added two power play goals in the second period, benefitting from a major penalty to Notre Dame’s Brett Lebda. The freshman defenseman was called for checking from behind just 1:09 into the stanza. After a slashing penalty to MSU’s Sean Patchell killed off part of the penalty, another ND penalty gave MSU a 5-on-3 advantage and the Spartans scored.

Jeremy Jackson got his second goal of the year off the rebound of a John-Michael Liles shot. ND goaltender Jeremiah Kimento made the first stop, but Jackson fired the rebound inside the right post for a 2-0 lead.

Steve Clark ran the lead to 3-0 in favor of Michigan State when he scored his first collegiate goal from the low slot at 8:32 of the period. Rustyn Dolyny started the play with a shot from the left point and Damon Whitten found Clark from behind the net all alone in front.

Notre Dame came out flying in the third period collecting a power play goal of its own just 15 seconds into the period. Freshman Rob Globke pulled a face-off back to freshman blueliner Tom Galvin at the left point. Galvin moved the puck across to the right point where David Inman one-timed a low blast past Ryan Miller to cut the lead to 3-1.

ND continued to put on the pressure, outshooting Michigan State 17-8 in the period, but couldn’t get the puck past Miller.

The Irish pulled Kimento with 1:43 left in the game in favor of a sixth attacker, but Spartan defenseman Jon Insana socred at 19:15 and Aaron Hundt added their fifth goal of the night with eight seconds left for the 5-1 verdict.

On the night, Miller made 25 saves to improve his record to 3-1-1 on the year while Kimento made 26 saves as his record falls to 2-2-1 on the year.

SUMMARY: Michigan State (3-1-1/2-1-0) 1 2 2 – 5

Notre Dame (2-4-1/0-1-0) 0 0 1 – 1

First Period: MSU: Steve Jackson 1 (John Nail, Andrew Hutchinson) PP 14:01.

Penalties: MSU: 1 for 2 minutes, ND: 1 for 2 minutes.

Second Period: MSU: Jeremy Jackson 2 (John-Michael Liles, Brian Maloney) PP 6:00, MSU: Steve Clark 1 (Damon Whitten, Rustyn Dolyny) PP 8:32.

Penalties: MSU: 4 for 8 minutes, ND: 6 for 23 minutes.

Third Period: ND: David Inman 4 (Tom Galvin, Rob Globke) PP 0:15, MSU: Jon Insana 1 (Jackson) EN 19:15, MSU: Aaron Hundt 1 (unassisted) 19:52.

Penalties: MSU: 1 for 2 minutes, ND: 0 for 0 minutes.

Power Plays:

Michigan State: 3 for 5

Notre Dame: 1 for 4

Shots On Goal

Michigan State: 10-13-8-31

Notre Dame: 7-2-17-26

Goaltender Saves:

Michigan State: Ryan Miller (60:00) 7-2-16-25

Notre Dame: Jeremiah Kimento (59:05) 9-11-6-26

Attendance: 2,043