Jan. 30, 1998
Spartan Hockey Skates to 1-1 Tie with Miami
No. 1 Michigan State Outshoots No. 5 RedHawks, 41-17Box Score
EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 1 Michigan State and No. 5 Miami both entered Friday night's game at Munn Ice Arena undefeated against ranked opponents.
That note will live to see another day.
After Friday night's hard-fought 1-1 tie at Munn Arena, the two teams will look to settle the weekend series -- and gain an upper hand in the polls -- with a return engagement Saturday night.
Michigan State outshot Miami badly -- 41-17 -- but this week's CCHA Defensive Player of the Week, goaltender Trevor Prior, shut the Spartans down.
Prior made 12 saves in the first period while his teammates staked him to a 1-0 lead. Vitali Andreev converted on Marc Tropper's rebound at 9:08 of the first period to give the RedHawks their only goal. The Spartans peppered Prior with 14 more shots in the second period while MSU's Chad Alban turned aside eight of his own. By early in the third period, Michigan State was continuing to generate quality scoring chances, but had still failed to beat Prior.
Prior covered the rebounds he had to, while those that got away from him sat lifeless in the slot with Miami's defense holding the MSU forwards -- who had success cycling most of the night -- at bay. One rebound found a Spartan stick, however, just four seconds after a Miami penalty brought life to the Munn crowd. Miami defenseman Josh Harrold was whistled for charging in front of the RedHawk net, and head coach Ron Mason sent his top power-play unit out.
Senior center Sean Berens won the faceoff to sophomore defenseman Brad Hodgins. Prior stopped Hodgins' shot, but left the rebound for Berens to collect, giving him a team-leading 22 goals this season. Berens has 70 career goals, good for 25th all-time at Michigan State. Michigan State sustained some pressure after the goal, but neither team could break the tie. A close-checking five-minute overtime followed regulation and saw two Miami shots.
The two teams collide again tomorrow night at Munn Ice Arena at 7 p.m. Michigan State is now 21-3-4 overall (13-3-3 CCHA), while Miami is 17-5-3 (12-5-3).