Saturday, January 12, 2013

MSU Falls to #2 Notre Dame 1-0

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It's tough to say anything else other than the offense continues to struggle. The difference last night was though Michigan State had chances to put the puck in the net, but they just didn't finish. Summerhays for Notre Dame and Hildebrand for Michigan State played outstanding - but it was a lone power play goal in the second period that was the difference. It was on an interference penalty in the offensive zone, which makes it worse.

Chris Forfar may have had the best chance in the final period, but his shot hit the crossbar. Brent Darnell was given a game misconduct for a hit from behind in the first period, but the Notre Dame power play didn't score as they took a couple penalties themselves to limit the time on the power play, and Michigan State's PK did a good job closing out the first period.

Really, it was a better effort than last week in Big Rapids - and it reminded me in some ways of the Western Michigan game (minus the last minute tying goal). But once again MSU comes out short. I believe this is the third 1-0 game of the season that MSU has lost. Hildebrand has been in net for all three games.

I mean think about these stats for Hildebrand:

Save %:  .940
GAA:  1.87

Yet his record is only 3-8-1.

Those two figures only, you'd think he'd have 10-12 wins. Someone needs to start to finish those scoring opportunities - and who knows, there might be a game out there where MSU is about to light up the scoreboard.

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