Feb. 14, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Michigan State hockey team played Penn State to a 2-2 tie on Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa. The Spartans won the shootout though, 1-0, to claim the extra point in the Big Ten standings. It marked the third consecutive 2-2 tie for MSU, which is now 8-13-7 overall and 2-5-6-4 in the Big Ten. Penn State is 5-18-2 overall and 1-9-1-0 in the league.
Trailing 2-1 late in the third period, Mike Ferrantino tied the game for the Spartans, scoring on a rebound. Brent Darnell won the shootout for MSU in the seventh round as Jake Hildebrand turned away all seven shooters he faced. Hildebrand finished the game with 25 stops.
"It was a choppy game without a lot of flow," said MSU head coach Tom Anastos. "Both teams played very hard, which both are known to do. Penn State was able to take advantage of a couple mistakes we made and it was good to see our team fight back and tie it."
Michigan State outshot Penn State, 34-27, in the game, including by a 12-5 margin in the third period. PSU killed a nearly two minute 5-on-3 Spartan power play midway through the third and clung to its 2-1 lead as the clock ticked below five minutes to play.
But the Spartans were able to solve PSU goaltender Matthew Skoff again as Ferrantino put home a rebound at the 16:06 mark to tie the game, 2-2. Matt Berry picked up the puck in the neutral zone along the right side, starting the odd-man rush with Ferrantino. Skoff stopped the initial shot by Berry, but the rebound bounced left to Ferrantino, who slammed it home.
Michigan State had the better chances in overtime, the best of which came in the final 15 seconds. Greg Wolfe nearly scored the winner as he got his stick on the puck sitting just off the left post. But Wolfe couldn't get enough on the puck as Skoff made the stop.
Both goalies held their ground through six rounds in the shootout. Darnell finally found the back of the net in the seventh round, beating Skoff with a low shot.
The seven-round affair was the longest for MSU this year, which is now 4-3 in shootouts.
The Spartans broke open a scoreless game four minutes into the second period as Lee Reimer and Wolfe teamed up just after killing a penalty. Wolfe blocked a Penn State shot from the point, directing the puck toward a wide open center ice. Reimer raced to the puck and went in all alone on Skoff, beating him down low for his sixth goal of the season.
The MSU lead lasted less than five minutes as Penn State scored a pair of goals 1:05 apart before the midway point of the period to claim a 2-1 lead.
Ricky DeRosa got the first after an MSU turnover in the neutral zone led to a 3-on-1. DeRosa took a feed from Eric Scheid in the slot and beat Hildebrand.
Just over a minute later, the Nittany Lions took the lead eight seconds into their second power play of the period as Dylan Richard scored to give PSU the advantage, 2-1.
The Spartans are now 2-0-1-1 against Penn State this year and will meet the Nittany Lions for the fourth and final time in the regular season on Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on ESPNews.