In the Final Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena, the Michigan Wolverines Top the Spartans in Overtime!

In the Final Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena, the Michigan Wolverines Top the Spartans in Overtime!

In the Final Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena, the Michigan Wolverines Top the Spartans in Overtime!   Here is the official release on the game.

Rally Foiled as Wolverines Top Spartans in OT


DETROIT - Trailing 4-1 entering the third period, the Michigan State hockey team roared back with three straight goals to pull even with Michigan on Friday at Joe Louis Arena. But the Spartans’ bid for a come-from-behind win fell short as Tony Calderone scored 2:58 into overtime to give Michigan a 5-4 win in the third-place game of the Great Lakes Invitational.


After scoring twice in the first 4:32 of the third period to make the score 4-3, the Spartans made it a new game with 2:10 to go when JT Stenglein swept home a loose puck.


The Spartans outshot the Wolverines 44-35 in the game and produced a few more scoring chances in the final minutes of regulation and early in overtime, but couldn’t again find the back of the net.


The comeback began just seven seconds into the third period when Sam Saliba’s faceoff win sprung Mason Appleton free down the center of the ice and he snapped the puck over Michigan goaltender Zach Nagelvoort’s glove to make it 4-2.


MSU (4-11-1) pulled within a goal 4:25 later when Carson Gatt’s shot from the left point beat Nagelvoort, making it 4-3 with 15:28 to play.


With momentum on their side, the Spartans continued to buzz the Michigan zone before eventually netting the tying goal with 2:10 to go.


“’Keep working for the next goal,’” MSU head coach Tom Anastos said of the message prior to the third period. “We talked about playing the right way and staying within what we were trying to do. I just didn’t feel we were getting rewarded. We generated a lot of good, quality chances all weekend.


“The key was to keep that pressure on until we could get one.”


Like MSU in the third period, Michigan (8-9-2) was the beneficiary of momentum in the opening stanza. The Spartans found themselves on the wrong side of a four-goal flurry in the first period as the Wolverines struck three times, taking a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.


The first U-M goal came after a shorthanded odd-man rush for the Spartans was thwarted, allowing the Wolverines a 2-on-1 of their own where Calderone pushed in a rebound to make it 1-0 just prior to the four-minute mark.


Will Lockwood gave the Wolverines a 2-0 lead with an unassisted goal at the 6:18 mark with a shot from the high slot.


MSU got on the board less than two minutes after the Lockwood goal as Logan Lambdin netted his third of the year to make it 2-1 at 8:11.


Lambdin took a stretch pass from Gatt along the left side in the neutral zone and raced into the Michigan end while fighting off a defender. Lambdin let a snap shot go from low in the left circle, beating Nagelvoort up high.


Michigan was able to reclaim its two-goal edge just 1:46 later as Alex Kile found the puck during a scrum in front and got it past MSU goaltender John Lethemon.


Despite the Spartans keeping the play in the Michigan end for long stretches and outshooting the Wolverines, 15-8, during the second period, the Wolverines were able to add to their lead. With 6:18 to go in the stanza Kile got his second straight, tipping a shot from in front to make it 4-1.


The Spartans’ 44 shots on goal were a season high.


Michigan State heads to Wisconsin next weekend to resume Big Ten play, Jan. 6-7 in Madison.

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