ANN ARBOR — After a victory in the series opener on Friday, the Michigan State hockey team played No. 14 Michigan to a 1-1 tie on Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. The Spartans (6-7-1, 2-3-1-1) claimed the extra point on Saturday however by winning the shootout to take five of six points on the weekend from the Wolverines (6-7-3, 2-3-3-1).
Following a scoreless 5-minute overtime, the game was officially a tie. Neither team scored in the 3-on-3 overtime session that followed, and Brennan Sanfordfinally ended things in the fourth round of the shootout.
“That’s an exciting game and everyone got bonus hockey,” MSU head coach Danton Cole said. “We all enjoyed it. It’s funny, you get to the shootout and it’s a point in the Big Ten standings but you feel a lot better afterwards winning a shootout, even though doesn’t make a huge difference nationally. It was a good hockey team. Both teams battled both nights and it was really intense. We ended on the right side of it tonight and it makes the ride home much better.”
A night after turning away 43 of 46 Michigan shots, MSU freshman goaltender Drew DeRidder made 35 saves in regulation and the 5-minute overtime session. He stopped four more shots in the 3-on-3 overtime and then all four U-M shootout attempts.
Michigan’s lone goal came at the 8:13 mark of the first period on a power play. Nick Boka streaked from the right point on the backside and one-timed the puck into the net.
The Spartans made it a 1-1 game at the 5:52 mark of the second period with a power-play goal. A turnover by the Wolverines in their own zone along the right side boards allowed the puck to pop out to Taro Hirose in the slot. The junior took his time and let go a low shot that slid along the ice and past goaltender Strauss Mann.
The goal was Hirose’s seventh of the season and 23rd point.
Both teams had power play opportunities in the third period, with the Spartans going 0-for-3 and Michigan 0-for-2. DeRidder turned away three quality power-play chances in order from down low just past the midway point of the third to keep it 1-1.
Both teams were 1-for-5 on the man-advantage in the game.
In the shootout, both team’s first three shooters were all stopped. DeRidder stopped Luke Morgan to start round four, setting up Sanford for the winner at the other end as he lifted a rising shot past Mann.
The Spartans are one the road next weekend to take on Wisconsin, Dec. 7-8.
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