Michigan hockey team ties Michigan State, 3-3; Spartans win shootout
The Michigan hockey team didn’t allow Michigan State a single shot in overtime, but couldn’t score its own game-winner in a 3-3 tie Saturday night in East Lansing.
Spartan goalie Drew Palmisano made eight of his 35 saves in the scoreless five-minute overtime period and added three more stops in a shootout. Michigan State earned a point in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings when Matt Berry scored the only goal of the shootout in front of 6,886 at Munn Ice Arena.
David Wohlberg gave Michigan (9-8-3, 5-6-3-1) a 3-2 lead when he one-timed a long rebound off an Alex Guptill shot past Palmisano at 13:33 of the third period. Wohlberg has scored in four of Michigan’s last five games.
Michigan State (10-6-2, 6-5-1-1) tied the game on Lee Reimer's power-play goal less than three minutes later. That goal, following a Kevin Lynch holding penalty, came on the Spartans’ second power-play opportunity of the game. The Wolverines were 0-for-1 in extra-man chances.
“From our perspective, I thought we played a really good game. I thought we had a good chance to win that game,” Michigan coach Red Berenson said. “It was unfortunate that we took a penalty - I can’t tell you if I thought it was a good call or not - but the penalty really got them back into the game.”
Michigan goaltender Shawn Hunwick made 20 of his 32 saves while holding the Spartans scoreless in the second period. That period ended in a 2-2 tie after a Luke Moffatt goal, his first since Nov. 19 against Ohio State.
Chris Brown opened the scoring for Michigan at 6:35 of the first period, but Michigan State's Torey Krug and Chris Forfar answered for a 2-1 Spartans lead after one period.
Combined with a 4-3 win at Yost Ice Arena on Friday night, the tie gives the Wolverines a four-point weekend against the Spartans. Berenson wasn’t completely satisfied with that, even with his team snapping a seven-game winless streak in the process.
“It’s not (satisfying) when you play well enough to win, not when you have the lead in the third period and give it up,” Berenson said.
Michigan doesn’t play again until Dec. 29, when they will face Boston College in the first round of the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.