Powered by the Lerg boys, MSU outplayed the Harvard Crimson enroute to an easy 5-2 win. Goaltender Jeff Lerg made a career-high 45 saves and MSU cashed in on three-of-five early power play opportunities.
"It felt pretty good, especially getting some shots early because coming off a break you never know how you are going to be," said Jeff Lerg.
"I thought Jeff Lerg came up big, which we knew he had to do - and we got some power play goals which I thought absolutely had to happen", said head coach Rick Comley. Lerg helped the Spartans survive an early barrage of thirteen shots from the Crimson. "That's all it was; 60 minutes of battling," said Bryan Lerg. "I feel like we finished it off right tonight. Maybe it wasn't our best game tonight but it got us to where we wanted to be tomorrow."
Moving on to the championship offered sweet revenge for MSU who avenged an earlier defeat at the hands of the Wolverines with a resounding 4-1 win to capture the championship.
Again, it was Bryan Lerg who jumpstarted the Spartans attack, assisting on Tim Crowder's power play goal. However, the Wolverines answered when Travis Turnbull tallied for UM to tie the score early in the second period, but Crowder and Lerg scored back-to-back goals to give MSU a 3-1 advantage.
Crowder said he saw something in the way UM was defending that left him open. "There were times before the power play I told them to try and find me on the far side. We just had a good power play and it worked tonight."
Mike Ratchuk added the insurance goal to give State its second GLI crown in three years under Comley.
"Obviously we're very happy," said Comley. "If you would have seen us the day we got back from break you wouldn't believe in a million years we could do this. I thought we played very well from the beginning and Jeff (Lerg) played very well again."
MSU hopes to keep the momentum going as they return to CCHA action with a home-and-home series against league leading Miami in Oxford on Friday.