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Oct. 17, 1997

MSU Ties Western Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State scored twice in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and earn a tie against Western Michigan, 2-2, tonight at Munn Arena. Mike York and Sean Patchell netted the third-period goals for the second-ranked Spartans, who move to 2-0-2 on the young season. Michigan State travels to Western Michigan (1-0-2) to complete the home-and-home series tomorrow night.

Western Michigan scored once in each of the first two periods and held a 2-0 advantage after two even though the Spartans held a shot edge, 16-13. Goaltender Matt Barnes kept the Broncos ahead with several spectacular saves, while in the other net Chad Alban registered his 2,000th career save, becoming just the ninth MSU goaltender to reach that mark.

In the third, Michigan State mounted an assault on the WMU net, outshooting the Broncos for the period 20-1. Alban made a brilliant glove save on WMU's only chance and York and Patchell converted for MSU.

York's goal was a dazzling end to end rush, capped off by a move around All-CCHA defenseman Joe Corvo and a deke around Barnes. He has three goals and three assists in the four games this year.

Patchell, a freshman, tied the score with 5:28 remaining as he fired the puck in front and it deflcted in off of Barnes.

"If we could have gotten a goal early, it would have changed the whole complexion of the game," head coach Ron Mason said. "As it was, when we did get the goal our guys got fired up."

The two teams meet again tomorrow in Kalamazoo.

"It will take a monumental effort to get a win in their building," Mason said, "but I think we're capable."

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