FINAL: MSU hockey drops game two to Wolverines in shootout, 3-2
The MSU hockey team (5-15-2, 1-6-1-0 Big Ten) returned to Munn Ice Arena Saturday night after being on the road for over a month as it hosted the University of Michigan (8-12-2, 1-6-1-1 Big Ten) to conclude a two-game home-and-home series.
Neither team could find a way to win in regulation, so the game had to be decided in overtime with the Wolverines winning in a shootout.
Although the Wolverines won the shootout, the game
Down 2-1 to begin the third period, freshman forward Patrick Khodorenko tied the game with 9:20 left in regulation.
U-M’s Cooper Marody was called for tripping, giving MSU a chance on the man-advantage. Freshman forward Sam Saliba’s backhand shot in the slot was deflected by Khodorenko and sailed past U-M's Zach Nagelvoort with 20 seconds left on the power play tying the game at 2-2.
1:30 into the overtime period, the Spartans went on the power play after U-M’s Nolan De Jong was called for holding. Despite the man-advantage, MSU couldn’t capitalize and the game went into a shootout.
In Saturday’s matchup, it was the Wolverines who got on the board first.
Four seconds after senior forward
De Jong was fed the puck near the center of the blue line, and his shot in traffic banked off the right post and snuck in past Minney 6:23 into the first period, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.
4:03 after the Wolverines’ opening goal, Dylan Pavelek responded for the Spartans.
The Wolverines then broke the tie with 7:27 left in the second period.
U-M’s Evan Allen fed Sam Piazza at the left point for a one-timer slapshot. Piazza’s shot bounced off teammate Alex Kile and led to a goal.
The goal was reviewed as it seemed that Kile may have been in the goal crease, but upon review, the call stood, and U-M took a 2-1 lead.
The Wolverines kept the lead as they went into the locker room at the end of the second period despite the Spartans holding an advantage in shots, 22-16, before ultimately defeating MSU.
MSU will have a bye week next weekend before facing Wisconsin in a two-game home series Feb. 3 and 4.