Great Lakes Invitational: Spartans v. Crimson

The #14 ranked Michigan State Spartans will host the unranked Harvard Crimson in the opening round of the Great Lakes Invitational this afternoon at the Joe Louis Arena.

DETROIT - The #14 ranked Michigan State Spartans will host the unranked Harvard Crimson in the opening round of the Great Lakes Invitational this afternoon at the Joe Louis Arena.

MSU hopes to build some momentum after a disappointing start to the season. After starting the season ranked in the top-10 in the nation, MSU lost five of seven in conference play including a last place finish in the College Hockey Showcase.

State was able to right the ship with back-to-back wins over Northern Michigan, but their 9-7-1 overall record (7-5-1 CCHA) can't be what they were hoping for at this stage of the season.

The Spartans have a chance to finish strong and that's what they're hoping for when they meet the Crimson this afternoon in the opening game of a doubleheader at the Joe.

Michigan State head coach Rick Comley says MSU just isn't lighting the lamp enough to win games. "We've struggled at both ends," Comley said. "We need to score more goals and give up less. Jeff (Lerg) has played very well the last eight or nine games. We just need to score more goals and we're capable of doing it."

Comley has a point. In their last five losses, MSU has scored just seven total goals.

Meanwhile, the Crimson have struggled in all phases of the game in compiling a 4-9-0 record. Freshman Doug Rogers and senior Kevin Du have paced Harvard, scoring 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists; two goals and eight assists respectively).

Michigan will face Michigan Tech in the nightcap, while the losers face each other in the consolation game on Saturday the winners square off for the GLI title Saturday evening.


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