Nov. 9, 2013
HOUGHTON - Alex Petan scored at 3:52 of overtime to give Michigan Tech a 3-2 win over the Spartan hockey team on Saturday night at MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton. MSU is now 3-5 on the year, while MTU improved to 3-6-1.
"I think we had a better effort tonight, but we're certainly disappointed in the end result," said MSU head coach Tom Anastos.
The Huskies grabbed a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game when Brent Baltus banged home a long rebound from the right side. Spartan goalie Will Yanakeff turned away the initial shot by Cliff Watson from the left point, but the rebound bounced hard out to Baltus, who pounced on the puck and put it in.
After being outshot, 14-5, in the first period, the Spartans came out with more energy in the second and were rewarded just 57 seconds into the stanza. Michael Ferrantino drove toward the net and wrapped a backhand out front from behind the goal. The puck bounced in front of the Huskies' goaltender Phoenix Copley and a hard-charging David Bondra got his stick on it and tapped it into the net for his first-career goal, knotting the game at one.
"Mike did a good job behind the net and I just had an easy play to tap it into the net. All the credit goes to Mike for his play," said Bondra.
The two teams traded a handful of scoring chances the rest of the period, but an interference call on Greg Wolfe at the 19:26 mark led to a go-ahead goal for the Huskies. Blake Pietila set up behind the Spartan net on the power play and fed Tanner Kero with a pass in front. Kero had his stick on the ice and directed the puck past Yanakeff with just 2.9 seconds to play in the period.
Rather than being deflating, the late second-period goal seemed to give the Spartans a boost to start the third period. Hard work by Wolfe along the boards forced the Huskies to take a penalty, giving MSU a power play and a chance to tie the game.
Good puck rotation led to an open shot from the point by Wolfe. With a screen in front, Lee Reimer redirected Wolfe's shot through Copley's legs, tying the game, 2-2.
"I thought the way the second period ended was a real kick in the teeth, but I like the way we responded to start the third period," said Anastos. "We were able to put that late goal behind us and just go play and get a goal to tie the game."
MSU finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play, while MTU went 1-for-2.
The Huskies outshot the Spartans, 38-19.
The Spartans will be off next weekend and will return to action Nov. 22-23 when they take on Western Michigan in a home-and-home serieS.