Dec. 10, 2011
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Munn Ice Arena)
Score: Michigan 3, #14 Michigan State 3 (MSU wins shootout, 1-0)
Record: U-M (9-8-3, 5-6-3-1 CCHA), MSU (10-6-2, 6-5-1-1 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Dec. 29 -- vs. Boston College - Great Lakes Invitational (Detroit, Mich.), 7:35 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team picked up a 3-3 tie at Michigan State (No. 14 USCHO/No. 14 USA Today) before falling in the shootout (1-0) on Saturday (Dec. 10) inside Munn Ice Arena. U-M took a one-goal lead late in the third period before surrendering a power-play tally with 3:53 left in regulation to send the game into overtime, where the teams played five minutes of scoreless hockey. MSU won the shootout, scoring the lone goal on the second shooter.
Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas) kicked things off at the 6:35 mark of the opening frame when he put home his own rebound to give Michigan the early 1-0 lead. The goal was Brown's sixth of the season and second in as many games.
The Spartans countered with two quick goals, by Torey Krug and Chris Forfar, late in the period to hold a 2-1 advantage at the first intermission.
The scored remained the same until the halfway mark of the second, when Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) put home his third goal of the season and first since Nov. 19 against Ohio State. Defenseman Greg Pateryn (Sterling Heights, Mich.) made the goal possible with a tough keep in at the blue line, allowing the Wolverines to stay in the offensive zone. The puck made its way to Moffatt, who flipped it past MSU goaltender Drew Palmisano. Andrew Sinelli (Dexter, Mich.) earned his first point in three games as a Wolverine with the lone assist on the goal.
As time wound down in the third period, David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.) gave Michigan the 3-2 lead with his seventh goal of the year. Wohlberg now has goals in back-to-back games and in four of his last five outings overall (4g).
The lead did not last long, as Michigan State's Lee Reimer tallied a power-play marker at the 16:07 point of the third to knot the game at 3-3, burying a snapper from the slot following a turnover.
After a scoreless overtime period, the game progressed to a shootout, where Michigan State came out on top, 1-0.
Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) turned aside 32 shots and Michigan found the back of the net three times on 30 shots against Palmisano.
The Wolverines will now enjoy a 19-day break before returning to action on Dec. 29 when they will face Boston College in the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423