Feb. 13, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State earned points in its third straight game with a 1-1 tie and shootout victory over Ohio Stte on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. Brett Perlini scored his first collegiate goal, Jeff Lerg made 36 saves and an additional three in the shootout, for the win. Kurt Kivisto and Ben Warda had shootout scores to help propel MSU to the two-point effort.
With MSU clinging to a 1-0 lead in the waning moments of the game, Ohio State got the game-tying goal with just 10.7 seconds remaining in regulation. The Spartans had done a good job of blocking shots in a frantic final minute when Ohio State had pulled goalie Dustin Carlson in favor of a sixth skater. The equalizer came when the puck got to Hunter Bishop in the right circle, and his wrister went off of Lerg's glove and into the back of the net.
The teams skated through a scoreless opening frame, and the Buckeyes held a 11-7 edge in shots in the period. The Spartans got on the board first, at 8:12 of the middle period. Brandon Gentile carried the puck aggressively into the zone by streaking up the left side; he sent it deep for Matt Schepke, who corralled it behind the net. Schepke, who was stationed behind the goal line to Dustin Carlson's right, shoveled the puck out into the slot, where Brett Perlini crashed and backhanded it into the back of the net. It was the first collegiate tally for Perlini.
After the Buckeyes tied the score with the late goal, the teams skated through a five-minute overtime period, then headed to the shootout. Both goalies made saves on the first shooter, then MSU took a 1-0 lead when Kivisto scored. Lerg countered with a save on Peter Boyd. Matt Schepke then hit the post as the third shooter, and Zak Dalpe sent the shootout to overtime when he beat Lerg. Warda came through with the big score as the next MSU shooter, and Jeff Lerg made a sliding save on Bishop to make sure th sophomore's heroics ended with the late regulation goal.
The teams meet again on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. The game will be televised on FSN Detroit.
NOTES: Michigan State went to overtime for the second time in three games after not playing an overtime game since Nov. 29 at Minnesota ... The Spartans are now 3-1 in shootouts this season. Both Matt Schepke and Kurt Kivisto are 3-1 in the shootout ... MSU got points in three straight games for the first time since Oct. 25 against Northern Michigan and the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Western Michigan series ... MSU has allowed just three goals in three games, the best defensive effort since those three games ... The Spartans are undefeated in three straight games. Their season-long unbeaten streak is four games ... Matt Schepke has points in four straight games ... Jeff Lerg had his 13th consecutive 29+ save performance ... Lerg trails Brad Thiessen for the national lead in saves by just five stops ... Brett Perlini's second-period goal was his first collegiate tally as well as his first collegiate point ...