Spartans Skate To 2-2 Tie With Lake Superior

Michigan State battled to a 2-2 tie with Lake Superior State at Joe Louis Arena Saturday, locking up sole possession of 2nd place in the CCHA, and building momemtum toward the CCHA playoffs, and the 'Road To The Joe'.

OKEMOS,MI-Michigan State had a 47-17 shot advantage at the Joe Saturday afternoon, but could only manage a 2-2 tie, as Lake Superior State goalie Jeff Jakaitis, one of the top goalies in the league, made 45 saves to earn the tie for the Lakers.

Still, the tie ensured a final overall season record of 20-10-8 for MSU, with a 14-7-7 record, and sole possession of 2nd place in the CCHA. This also gives them a bye as the CCHA playoffs begin next week.

Despite outshooting the Lakers by a margin of 26-9 after two periods, the Spartans found themselves trailing 1-0, when Laker leading scorer Trent Campbell, a continual thorn in the side of the Spartans, scored his 13th goal of the season when he redirected a puck into the net on a centering pass.

The Spartans finally got the red light to go on early in the third, when Colton Fretter took a puck off the rearboards and flipped it in for a 1-1 tie at that point.

Nine minutes later, Drew Miller scored on a power play when he also took a puck off the boards and went stick side for a brief 2-1 lead.

However, that lead was short-lived as just seconds later, Dan Eves of LSSU turned a MSU turnover into a 2-2 tie. He was able to avoid goalie Jeff Lerg's poke check and lift it over his shoulder for his goal. Regulation then ended at 2-2 and we headed to overtime.

Despite the Spartans carrying the play to LSSU in overtime, Laker goalie Jakaitis was up to the task, and the game ended this way.

NOTES-Tyler Howells continued his hot play with an assist on Drew Miller's goal, while Chris Snavely was involved in both goals, with a lead pass to Dan Vukovic on Fretter's goal, and getting an assist on Miller's goal.

MSU which has a first round bye, will not play until March 10-12 when they host a quarterfinal game.

In other key CCHA games, Michigan held onto a third place finish and a first round bye despite losing in overtime to Ferris State 4-3.

This happened because Nebraska-Omaha could not pull off a win against Western Michigan in their 6-3 defeat.

In fact, Northern Michigan took over the critical fourth spot with 4-2 victory over Ohio State. This victory was important as Northern secured the final first round bye as well.

The four teams that have garnered first round byes now include Miami, MSU, UM, and Northern Michigan.

Final points earned are as follows: Miami with 42, MSU with 35, UM with 31, Northern Michigan with 30, Nebraska-Omaha with 30, Lake Superior and Ferris State with 27, Notre Dame and Alaska- Fairbanks with 26, Ohio State with 25, Western Michigan with 19, and Bowling Green with 18.

Northern Michigan got the final first round bye because despite having the same number of points as Nerbaska-Omaha, they have more victories in league play at 14 to Nebraska-Omaha's 12. UNO had the advantage in ties at 6-2, but victories is the criteria here.

Notre Dame received the final home ice advantage over Alaska-Fairbanks, because even though they have identical CCHA records, it is further broken down by goals scored, and the Irish have an advantage here.

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