Nov. 16, 2012
Oxford, Ohio - Michigan State skated to a 2-2 tie at No. 4 Miami on Friday evening, rallying from a two-goal deficit to earn the deadlock with the RedHawks. Miami, however, earned the extra point in the standings with a shootout victory, with Alex Wideman sealing the shootout win for Miami.
Matt Berry scored a goal and tallied an assist, while Jake Chelios had MSU's game-tying goal. Jake Hildebrand drew the start for the Spartans, making 25 saves in the contest. MSU earned its first CCHA point on a Friday, snapping a streak of three straight Friday defeats in conference play.
"I thought that we really played hard, and that our players battled tonight," said head coach Tom Anastos. "I liked our effort and mentality. That's a pretty good Miami team, and it was important for us to come out and get a good start on the weekend. I liked the way our players came out tonight and fought back into the game after going down two goals."
Miami got on the board first, as freshman Alex Gacek scored his second of the season, an unassisted marker, right on the doorstep at 11:15 of the opening frame. It was the only scoring of the period.
The teams traded waves of momentum over the opening part of the second period, with good looks by both teams. The home team was able to double their lead at 5:47. Sean Juraly barreled into the offensive zone, and had a one-on-one with Hildebrand which he kicked to the side. Senior defenseman Joe Hartman took the second opportunity from the bottom of the right circle, and the Spartans' freshman goalie was again up to the task. The puck trickled to the left side for Alex Wideman, who found the front right corner of the net for his third of the season.
The Spartans countered less than two minutes later. Matt DeBlouw got the puck to Brent Darnell at the left post, and he sent a cross-crease pass to Matt Berry. Berry sent it low glove-side on Jay Williams at the right post for his CCHA-best seventh goal of the season. It was Berry's fifth goal in four games.
The home team took a penalty in the waning minutes of the period, giving MSU a power play for the balance of the frame. The Spartans had been moving the puck well on the man advantage in its previous chances. Berry had the puck in the left circle and pushed it back out into the high slot for Jake Chelios, who launched a rocket which caromed off Williams and into the back of the net.
Neither team gave much in the third period, as the teams traded scoring chances and momentum swings through the final 20 minutes and a five-minute overtime period.
Once the game went into the books officially as a tie, the RedHawks captured the extra point in the CCHA standings by winning the shootout, 2-0. Riley Barber scored first for the home team, but needed a video review as his shot caromed off the bottom inside of the crossbar. After Matt Berry and Tanner Sorenson were stoned by Williams, Wideman sealed it for the RedHawks, scoring his second shootout-winning goal in as many games.
The teams will meet again on Saturday evening at Cady Arena at 7 p.m.
For the first time this season, the Spartans were tied at the second intermission ... MSU had lost its previous five games against Miami, including all four games last season ... The Spartans trailed 2-0 before rallying for two goals in the second period to knot the game ... MSU matched its scoring output over its previous five games against Miami (two goals) in the second period ... Matt Berry has five goals over his last four games ... Berry has multiple-point games in three of his last four contests ... Chelios' game-tying tally in the second period was his second of the season ... Hildebrand made his second straight start. His 1.81 GAA ranks third in the CCHA, while his .940 save percentage ranks second.