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Final: MSU 1, ASU 1, ice hockey season opener ends in tie

November 19, 2020

Michigan State ice hockey started the 2020 regular season with a 1-1 tie Thursday night at Munn Ice Arena at the hands of Arizona State.

The game started off in no other way a hockey season in 2020 would. The puck dropped but then was called back a few seconds later once it was realized the clock was never set to 20 minutes.

In the first period, the Spartans came out looking strong. Michigan State outshot Arizona State 13-7.

The best chance for MSU came midway through the period when a shot from the left wing by junior Adam Goodsir left a loose puck in front of the net. ASU goaltender Cole Brady was able to scoop up the rebound just before freshman Kyle Haskins was able to get his stick on it.

It wasn't not all perfect for the Spartans though. The team gave up two separate penalties in the first period by sophomore Jagger Joshua and senior Brody Stevens.

The penalty kill however looked very good and was able to limit the Sun Devils to just a couple solid scoring chances during ASU's first two power plays.

In the second period, Michigan State was able to break the tie after just 1:43 when junior defenseman Christian Krygier ripped a one-timer from sophomore Josh Nodler and graduate student Charlie Combs.

The goal was the juniors first career goal in the green and white. Krygier said he was relieved to score his first goal in what he believes to be in the last three or four years.

“It was a pretty big relief. It is not something I think about but obviously defending is my first job and scoring a goal is always really nice,” Krygier said. “You remember doing it as a kid but then obviously scoring goals is always so much fun.”

The Spartans gained their first power play just over seven minutes into the second period when Arizona State defenseman Jacob Wilson went to the box for high sticking. MSU was able to do a good job of holding the offensive zone but was unable to generate any high-quality scoring chances.

The second period ended the same way the first did: a penalty. This time though, it was the Sun Devils who were guilty when forward Demetrios Koumontzis was assessed a two-minute penalty for tripping.

Yet again, the Spartans could not generate much and carried their 1-0 lead into the locker room for the second intermission.

In the third period, Arizona State defenseman Tanner Hickey drew a cross-checking penalty behind his own net from MSU's Stevens. Hickey was slow to get up, but ended up being okay in what was Stevens' second penalty of the night.

Like they had all night, the Spartans were able to brilliantly kill the power play and the score remained 1-0.

The Sun Devils were able to get one past Spartan goaltender Drew DeRidder with 4:14 left in the third. ASU forward Chris Grando was able to pick up a loose puck in front of the net, tying the game at one a piece.

“I thought in the third they looked a little like practice legs at the end there. I thought they had a little bit more jump. Now, I thought we defended well and it worked,” Michigan State head coach Danton Cole said.

For the remainder of the period, Arizona State used this goal-scoring momentum to put pressure on the Spartans. Nothing came of it though, and the two teams went into overtime.

The five-minute overtime went by pretty quickly with neither team creating many quality chances. Because the game was technically a non-conference matchup, there was no shootout and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

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“Coverage wise, I thought in overtime we were really good. We had a couple chances where it was a little (bit of a) confusing situation, but we read some crosses and did a good job and sorted it out,” Cole said. “We had a couple of chances where we could’ve made something happen. We were in on the goalie but we just couldn’t handle the puck.”

Game two of the series is tomorrow night at 6 p.m.


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