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DeBlouw & Michigan State off to CCHA quarter-finals

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Freshman forward Matt DeBlouw and Michigan State's 4-3 win over Alaska on Sunday has pushed them into the CCHA quarter-finals against Miami.

Michigan State picked up wins in Game One and Game Three of their first-round series versus Alaska. DeBlouw scored the game-winner in OT in Game One, snapping a 12-game scoring drought. The Spartans fell 4-1 in Game Two but held on in Game Three to get themselves into the next round.

DeBlouw's winning tally in Game One was a thing of beauty as the 19 year-old fended off three Alaska defenders in the high slot before snapping off a shot that beat netminder John Keeney low glove-side.

Miami, the top team in the CCHA in the regular season, will provide Michigan State with a big challenge but Spartans head coach Tom Anastos has to like the compete level and grittiness of his team heading into the quarter-finals.

"I thought we defended really well, and we got pucks to the net," he told after the Game Three win over Alaska. "I thought we played a smart game, and played over a lot of adversity - the flu, and Reimer being out - and you could see the fatigue. I’m so proud of a really gutty weekend by our guys."

The Spartans sat 11th in the CCHA at the end of the regular season with a 13-23-3 record.

DeBlouw was fifth in team scoring in the 2012-13 regular season with 7 goals and 18 points in 39 games. The Flames seventh round pick in 2012 posted a career-high four points on Nov. 3, 2012 when he potted two goals and two assists against Bowling Green.

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