After a grueling game of back and forth for the Spartans, they were able to pull off a shootout win and take an extra point off of the tie game with a shootout winner from sophomore forward Karsen Dorwart.
The game on the road marked the Michigan State Spartans first win or tie over the Minnesota Golden Gophers after 14 consecutive losses. The last time the Spartans took off with a win over the opponents was in February of 2020 at Mariucci arena with a 4-2 win.
“I think that was huge,” head coach Adam Nightingale said in a post game conference about breaking the losing streak. “They’re (Minnesota) a really good program, and well coached, with a lot of talent, and there’s a reason they’re where they are. We haven’t had a ton of success in this building, so it was a good night for us.”
Along with an incredible performance on the offensive side of the ice in front of the net—responding quickly to every goal they went down from, freshman goalie Trey Augustine had another outstanding performance between the pipes, logging 46 saves for a new career high for the true freshman.
“Trey (Augustine) is just unreal, but that’s just Trey,” sophomore forward Tiernan Shoudy said. “He’s been doing that all year for us, and he’s just been getting better and better since he’s settled into the college game, but he’s unreal and he’s going to keep doing it this whole year.”
The team started the first period down quickly within the first two minutes after the Golden Gopher's first shot found the back of the net, but they were able to respond quickly off of what was thought to be a goal from sophomore forward Joey Larson. Larson's goal was called off for goalie interference, but he didn’t let that take him down and almost immediately responded with a goal that tied the teams 1-1.
“I think for the team just coming back from being down a couple times there,” Shoudy said. “It was good to come back. With a goal called off and a five minute major, it was good for the team to show resilience and I think we’ve been doing that all year, and especially tonight.”
Even though the team never led through the game, when the Golden Gophers scored, the Spartans retaliated at every goal to tie up the game.
Shoudy played a key role in that when he shot a puck in off the side of Minnesota goalie Justin Close with three minutes to go in the final period of regulation for his first of the season, and brought the teams into an overtime game where they would go on to take that shootout win.
“It feels great for them,” Shoudy said post game while talking about his teammates. “We kind of talked about that before the game, that was our last thing in the meeting before the game, that we hadn’t beaten these guys (Minnesota) in 14 in a row. And even though it’s a shootout, it still feels really good, especially after last year when they ended our season, so it feels good to get them back.”
The Spartans take action again on Sunday Nov. 26 against the Gophers to round out the weekend and look for that regulation win to continue to pull full strength in the Big Ten. The game starts at 2 p.m. ET and will be streamed on Big Ten Network.
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