Late Goal Forces 2-2 Tie With MSU

No. 1 Michigan got a late goal from freshman center Matt Rust to tie the score 2-2 in the final minutes of the Saturday night weekend finale against No. 5 Michigan State. Neither team broke the tie in the five minute overtime as the Wolverines earned one point in their first of two trips to Munn Ice Arena.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- No. 1 Michigan scored first and scored last in a 2-2 tie with the No. 5 Michigan State Spartans on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. Max Pacioretty scored the opening goal of the contest for Michigan, while Matt Rust added a final goal with just less than two minutes left on the clock.

Through the first 20 minutes, neither team was able to break onto the scoreboard. Coming out with a win on Friday night and home ice on Saturday, the Spartans held control of the opening period with a 10-3 shot advantage over the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan goalie Billy Sauer, however, turned aside each shot and the teams left for the first intermission tied at 0-0.

"I thought he played pretty well. I don't know about the two power-play goals, whether he had trouble seeing them or not," Michigan coach Red Berenson said on his goalie. "He really hung in there in the third period when the game was on the line. I mean they had some good chances, but he did a good job."

Not until 6:38 of the second period did either team light the lamp. With a power-play goal for the Wolverines, freshman Max Pacioretty opened the scoring. Pacioretty, positioned between the circles, fired a one-timer past Michigan State goalie Jeff Lerg off a feed from senior Chad Kolarik.

Shortly after, however, the Spartans tied the game and took the lead with a pair of power-play goals of their own, the two coming just 46 seconds apart.

Skating with a 5-on-3 advantage, Daniel Vukovic ripped a shot through traffic to tie the score with eight minutes left on the second period clock.

Right after, a Tim Crowder slap shot from the left circle beat Sauer to make it 2-1 Spartans.

Michigan held a 15-7 edge in shots over the middle period, but the Spartans entered the third period with the 2-1 advantage on the scoreboard.

Michigan pressured to start the third, but none of Michigan's chances were enough to beat Lerg for the tying goal. Then, with just less than two minutes left, Matt Rust was credited with the game-tying goal.

Carl Hagelin threw the puck at the Michigan State net to create the chance. Rust tipped the puck up into the air, and, in attempt to clear the center of the ice, Michigan State forward Matt Schepke swatted at the puck and inadvertently gloved it into his own net for the tying goal.

"Our young kids got a great experience playing in here, and we easily could have won the game. So I am not thinking about the tie, more so the effort. Look at their team. They have only given up three goals in the past five games, and four of those games have been on the road. So goals are tough to come by against Michigan State."

Neither team could score in the five-minute overtime frame.

Michigan next returns to the ice for a two-game home series against the Northern Michigan Wildcats next weekend.

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