Lerg Sweeps January CCHA Goaltending Honors

By: Michigan State University
By: Michigan State University

East Lansing, Mich. - Spartan junior goaltender Jeff Lerg (Livonia, Mich.) has earned his fourth consecutive CCHA Goaltender of the Week honor and sixth of the 2007-08 season, as announced by the CCHA Office on Monday, Jan. 28. Lerg is the first goaltender to win the honor four weeks in a row since the CCHA began a dedicated weekly honor for its netminders in the 2004-05 season, and the first goaltender to win a weekly honor four consecutive weeks since Ferris State's Mike Brown captured four straight Defensive Player of the Week awards from Oct. 14-Nov. 4, 2002.

Lerg was spectacular in both games this weekend against top-ranked Michigan, which came into the weekend with the nation's second-ranked offense (4.12 goals per game). He twice earned first-star honors as he stopped 55 of 57 shots (.965) on the weekend, with a 0.96 GAA in two games. Lerg posted his second consecutive shutout on Friday and made 26 saves in a 1-0 victory, backstopping MSU to its first win (and shutout) at Yost since 2003. He had his shutout streak, which dated back to last weekend's Ohio State series in Columbus, snapped at 190:54 when MSU allowed a second-period power play tally on Saturday, and was victimized by a late own-goal as the Spartans settled on a 2-2 tie at home.

Lerg has been the catalyst in helping Michigan State to the nation's current longest unbeaten streak (eight games, 5-0-2), and has done his part to extend MSU's conference unbeaten streak to 12 games (9-0-3). Since January 1, Lerg has posted a 1.32 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage, with two shutouts. In MSU's last six contests, which includes two games each against No. 6 Notre Dame, Ohio State, and No. 1 Michigan, Lerg boasts a 0.81 GAA and .971 save percentage. Four of those games were played on the road - Lerg allowed just two goals in those four road games, and pitched shutouts at Ohio State on Jan. 19 (4-0) and at Michigan (1-0) for the first consecutive shutouts of his career and the first at MSU since Feb. 20-21, 2004 at Munn Arena against Nebraska-Omaha (3-0, 5-0).

The Spartans, ranked No. 5 and No. 6 in last week's national polls, will host Nebraska-Omaha this weekend to wrap up a three-game homestand. Gametimes are 7:05 p.m. (Friday) and 4:05 p.m. (Saturday), and a limited number of tickets are still available in the MSU ticket office by calling (517) 355-1610 in the greater Lansing area or toll free at 1-800-GO-STATE. Tickets are also available online at www.msuspartans.com


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