du-msu-ccwha-2GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Ranked 7th in the latest ACHA poll, the Michigan State Spartans head to Grand Rapids to take on 14th ranked Davenport University Friday, October 7th in the Panthers home opener at 8pm.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

The Michigan State Spartans are coming off a 3-3 tie against the Grand Valley Lakers last weekend. Last season, the Spartans netted 54 goals and skated away with an overall record of 9-9-2. Returning senior, Kara Scaturro and junior Kelsey Cross both look to come back strong after putting up 16-point (10G, 6A) and 12-point (5G, 7A) seasons respectively. Goaltenders Hannah Johnson (.922 SV %) and Kathryn Hamer (.901 SV %) also return to the Spartan’s lineup this season.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS

Looking to improve upon a 10-17-1 season last year, the Panthers are going into Friday’s matchup determined to hand the Spartans their first Loss. Coming off a 21-point (16G, 5A) season, Lexie Boydstom hopes to add another game-winning goal to her resume, picking up two last season. Laken Kunz (6G, 12A) and Adrienne Porcalla (12G, 5A) also return after strong seasons with the Panthers. Kaley Ferguson was in net for 19 games putting up a .925 SV % and will likely be in net Friday night.

LAST MEETING

In the 2015-16 season, the Panthers and the Spartans met three times, once being an exhibition game in a tournament. Michigan State swept all three games from Davenport with scores of 3-2/4-0/2-1. In the 3-1 loss for Davenport, Boydston (1), and Porcalla (1) tallied the goals while Ferguson topped 32 of 35 shots faced. Jenay DeCaussin (1), and Scaturro (2g,1a) put in the Spartan goals while Elise Plancon registered two assists and Cross grabbed an assist of her own. Johnson was in net picking up 20 saves on 22 shots.

The 4-0 Michigan State win had goals from Scaturro (1),Lyndsay Oden (2) and Amanda Anderson (1), while Plancon (2) and Natalie Prisciandaro (2) had the helpers. Johnson saw time in net, making 27 saves on 27 shots.

The 2-1 exhibition Spartan win saw a goal from Cross, with Olivia Lord grabbing the assist. Panther goal came from Jenny Deane with assists from Porcalla and Kunz. Bree Kraut from Michigan State would grab the game-winner to win the championship.

The puck drops Friday October 7th at 8:00pm. Follow @CCWHA_D1 on Twitter for updates on the games.


Author: Staci Burlingame

Graphic: Mackenzie Smith, Communications Manager

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