Spartans skate to 1-1 draw at number 12 Notre Dame

South Bend, Ind. Michigan State earned a hard-fought draw on the road on Saturday night, skating to a 1-1 draw through regulation at Notre Dame. The Spartans took the extra point in the Big Ten standings when both Tanner Kelly and Karsen Dorwart scored in the shootout and Dylan St. Cyr saved on two of the three shots he faced. It was a duel between the netminders from the opening period, when MSU held a 19-13 lead in shots and Notre Dame scored in the second with a 19-11 lead, with MSU having to kill five of its nine-minute penalties that night. . St. Cyr earned the first star of the game, hitting 39 best shots of the season, in addition to the two he made in the shootout. Counterpart Ryan Bischel, on the other hand, made 41 saves for Notre Dame (4-2-2, 1-0-1 B1G). Jagger Joshua gave MSU a lead in the first period when he scored a one-time rebound on Karsen Dorwart’s shot for his fourth goal in three games. Nick Lieverman tied the score for Notre Dame late in the second with his second goal of the weekend. By a scoreless third and overtime, the goalkeepers were the story, they sidestepped every shot to maintain the deadlock and keep their teams in it. The Spartans return home for four games in a row at Munn Ice Arena, which opens next Friday when the Spartans host Wisconsin. STATISTICS NOTE Jagger Joshua scored his fourth goal in three games with his attack in the first period. He tied his career best for goals in a season, matching the four he had as a sophomore. Karsen Dorwart’s sixth assist of the season came in the first period and brought him together with linemate Daniel Russell for the lead. Dylan St. Cyr set another season high in saves for the second straight night – he finished 39 after making 28 saves on Friday. MSU has killed 15 consecutive penalties over four-plus games dating back to the second game of the UMass series – Lowell. Seven of the last 16 games between the teams have gone into extra time. First Period: After last night’s shutout, the Spartans were eager to get on the board and came out looking for pucks on the net early. The Spartans were rewarded at 5:43 – Nash Nienhuis did a good job holding the puck to get the Spartans on-side at the attacking blue line and he passed it to a circling Dorwart. Dorwart’s shot from the right circle was saved by Bischel, but the rebound came to the left for Joshua, who shot it past the keeper once for his fourth goal in three games. MSU killed an entry alty against Cole Krygier, at 2:26 p.m., but on Krygier’s next shift, he was called for a major for hitting from behind, giving MSU the extended kill that would carry over into the second period. MSU caught a break when Chayse Primeau was called out for holding with just over a minute left in the period, putting the teams 4-on-4. MSU defeated its hosts 19-13.

Second Period: The Spartans spent a significant amount of time killing penalty time early in the period, but were up to the task – with the extra man advantage time, the Irish rolled out to an early 7-2 lead in shots on target , but MSU did well for St. Cyr, who fielded the shots as they came and kept it a one-goal game. However, the home side finally broke at 3:25 PM when Trevor Janicke pushed the puck to Lieverman on the left point, and his shot made the 1-1 draw.

Third Period: Shots dropped for both teams (8-6 in favor of the Spartans), but the teams continued to play end-to-end. The Spartans kept pushing for a game winner, with Bischel scoring big on a few shots from Kelly and Middendorf and perhaps a bit of luck in the last minute as Miroslav Mucha set up Nicolas Müller to the right of the goal cage, but his shot was tipped high when the teams went to the extra session. Overtime: Each netminder was tasked with getting big in the first 90 seconds of overtime. Tiernan Shoudy’s shot from the bottom of the left circle was stopped by Bischel and less than 30 seconds later, St. Cyr came up with a big stop on Landon Slaggert. Nick Lieverman had Notre Dame’s second shot in the OT period, an open look that smothered St. Cyr from the front with 96 seconds to go. Both keepers kept their teams hopes alive in that extra session, with Bischel making four saves and St. Cyr two.

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