Nov. 8, 2013
HOUGHTON - In its first appearance at MacInnes Ice Arena in nearly 30 years, the Michigan State hockey team came up short on Friday night, falling to Michigan Tech, 3-0. David Johnstone, Tanner Kero and Alex Petan all scored for the Huskies (2-6-1) and Phoenix Copley made 19 saves as MSU was shut out for the first time this season.
The Spartans' 19 shots were a season low.
"I thought Michigan Tech played with a lot of energy," said MSU head coach Tom Anastos. "In the first and third periods, I thought they dictated the tempo of the game and that made it difficult for us to establish any type of forecheck. They did a good job of clogging up the neutral zone and we didn't respond to it well."
Michigan Tech made it 1-0 at 5:49 of the first period when Johnstone took advantage of a turnover in the Spartan zone. Ryan Furne forced the turnover and fed it to Johnstone, who beat Spartan goaltender Jake Hildebrand.
After a scoreless second period which saw both teams produce seven shots on goal, the Huskies struck at 1:48 of the third for a 2-0 lead. Blake Pietila kept the puck in the Spartan zone along the right side and fired it across the ice to Tanner Kero. Kero took the pass as he crossed the blue line, skated in toward Hildebrand and beat him with a low shot that got through his legs and trickled into the net.
The goal came just over 20 seconds after the Spartans' fourth power-play opportunity of the game expired.
"We didn't take advantage of that opportunity early in the third and they were able to turn around quickly regain the momentum," said Anastos.
The Huskies capped the scoring on a goal by Petan at the 15:20 mark. Pietila drew his second assist of the game as he left a drop pass for Petan, who fired a shot over the shoulder of Hildebrand from the top of the right circle.
MTU finished the game with 30 shots on goal.
The two teams will play again tomorrow with puck drop slated for 7:07 p.m.