Oct. 23, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Michigan State found themselves in an early 2-0 hole on the road against No. 13 Indiana (9-3-3, 3-1-1 Big Ten) but scored two goals in a four-minute span midway through the second frame to send the game to extra periods. Neither team could capitalize in either overtime period, leaving the final margin in the game at a 2-2 deadlock.
"Indiana came out strong in first half, but we weathered the adversity well," noted head coach Damon Rensing. "I thought today was a real character game for us - battling back from down two to earn a tie on the road in a Big Ten game is a strong effort. I thought that we did a lot of little things well that allowed us to get back into the game. I'm proud of our guys for sticking with it and working hard."
Michigan State fell behind early, 1-0, after an Indiana goal from sophomore Nikita Kotlov in the 31st minute. Kotlov was able to find the back of the net after a corner kick was sent in from sophomore A.J. Corrado. It was his fourth goal of the season. Indiana controlled the game offensively in the first half and led in shots 10 to one. The first half concluded with the Hoosiers leading 1-0.
Indiana struck first again in the second half in the 49th minute of the game. Freshman Eriq Zavaleta sent the ball ahead to sophomore Jacob Bushue, and he shot the ball past goalkeeper Jeremy Clark from five yards out, giving Indiana a 2-0 lead.
The Spartans (4-7-4, 1-2-2) found their offensive groove just five minutes later. Senior defenseman Stephen Lucianek scored his first goal of the season after a scramble in ensued in front of the net. Freshman Kyle Rutz assisted on the goal in the 54th minute, pulling MSU within one.
Less than four minutes later Michigan State evened the score at two apiece. Senior Adam Montague netted his fourth goal of the season off of a sideline throw-in; the goal was assisted by redshirt freshman Ryan Keener.
The game remained physical throughout, especially after MSU tied the score quickly in the second half. In the remaining time of the second half, five yellow cards were issued, three to MSU and two to Indiana.
In overtime, the Hoosiers controlled the ball but couldn't score the game-winning goal. Their first shot was blocked in front, and the second sailed high. The first overtime ended with the score still tied, 2-2.
Indiana kept the pressure on in the second overtime, getting four shots off, but once again couldn't find the net. Indiana was issued another yellow card, bringing each team's total to three.
The hard-fought match ended in a 2-2 tie. Jeremy Clark made five saves for the Green and White. Two timely goals, coupled with the Spartan defense, kept the team in the game against one of the top Big Ten teams.
Michigan State is now 3-1-1 against Indiana in its last five games, dating back to the start of the 2008 season. MSU is 1-0-1 in its last two trips to Bloomington.
Michigan State returns home to face Western Michigan at DeMartin Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.