Michigan State Senior Hockey Goalie Drew Palmisano Named CCHA Goaltender of the Week

Jamie Baldwin

 Senior stopped 75 shots in win/tie over Minnesota

East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State senior netminder Drew Palmisano (Ann Arbor, Mich.) has been named the CCHA Goaltender of the Week for his performance in the Spartans' most recent series against Minnesota, as announced on Monday by the conference office.

Palmisano stopped 75 of 81 shots - more than any other CCHA netminder on the weekend - in a win and a tie with the No. 2/3 Gophers. Palmisano stopped a season-best 40 shots in the 4-3 victory on Friday, then made 35 stops in the Spartans' come-from-behind victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

On the season, Palmisano owns a .906 save percentage and a 2.98 GAA. He held the Gophers, the top-scoring team in the nation, at bay as the Spartans upset the No. 2/3 team in the national polls. MSU is 6-1-1 in it's last eight games, and has rebounded from a 1-3 0 start to the season. MSU is no. 16 in this week's USCHO.com national poll and is the top unranked team receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey survey. MSU is currently 8-5-1, and 4-4-0 in the CCHA.

Michigan State is 7-2-1 over its last 10 games, and has rebounded nicely since a 1-3 start to the season. The Spartans sit in a seventh-place tie in the CCHA standings, but have games in hand on the other 10 teams in the league. Eight teams have played 10 games, while Alaska and Notre Dame have each played 12. The Spartans have played just eight conference contests, but jump back into conference action this weekend with a two-game series against CCHA rival Bowling Green.