Jan. 21, 2012
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Head Coach Tom Anastos | Alternate Captain Trevor Nill, Greg Wolfe and Dean Chelios
East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan State hockey team went to overtime for the fifth straight series, and finished in a 2-2 tie with Lake Superior State on Saturday evening at Munn Ice Arena. The Lakers skated away with the extra point in the standings with a 2-1 victory in the shootout. MSU is unbeaten in its last four games, and is 13-9-4, 8-7-3-2 in CCHA play.
The Spartans again gave up a late goal, as the Lakers got the game-tying goal at 15:51 of the third period. MSU also gave up the opening goal to its opponent for the sixth straight game, and saw an overtime contest for the fifth consecutive weekend series on their schedule.
"Obviously that late goal hurt us, but it was kind of a textbook definition of `if you go to the net, good things happen' for them. I thought that we played a good game - in a lot of ways, better than last night - but we didn't get the result we were hoping for. We just have to keep working, because the games don't get any easier as we go on the road."
The teams were tied 1-1 after the opening frame. Lake Superior got on the board first, as freshman centerman Chris Ciotti backhanded the puck past Yanakeff for his third goal of the season. 70 seconds later, the Spartans countered; on a scrum in front of the net, Trevor Nill had a whack at a loose puck, but a crashing Dean Chelios was able to get a stick on the puck and put it past Kapalka for his fifth of the season.
There was no scoring in the second period, but the Spartans owed a big debt for that to Yanakeff, who stopped a penalty shot midway through the period. Torey Krug was chasing Stephen Perfetto, and Perfetto lost his footing and went into the endboards. The officials awarded a penalty shot, which was taken by winger Nick McPartland. Yanakeff, who last faced a penalty shot against the Lakers nearly a year ago to the day, was up to the task and turned the shot away to keep the game knotted at one.
Greg Wolfe gave the Spartans a 2-1 lead at 12:28 of the third period. The goal came off a faceoff play, as Brett Perlini won the faceoff in the offensive zone, and pushed the puck over to Wolfe in the low slot, who beat Kapalka stick-side.
The Lakers tied the game at 15:41. Zach Sternberg carried the puck up the right side and sent it netward from the half wall. Fred Cassiani was in front to deflect the puck past Yanakeff's blocker hand at the far post for his second of the weekend.
The teams skated through a scoreless overtime period, sending the game into the books officially as a 2-2 tie. In the shootout, Wolfe scored on the Spartans first attempt, while Kapalka picked up saves on both Berry and Dean Chelios. Yanakeff came up with the save on Monardo after Kyle Jean scored on the first Laker shot, and Dan Radke sealed the shootout victory with his goal as the third shooter for the Lakers.
MSU will be back in action next weekend in Big Rapids, taking on Ferris State.