UM fixes 'flat tire,' trips MSU in OT for 3rd in GLI
Detroit — After two periods in Michigan’s 5-4 overtime win over Michigan State in the consolation game of the 52nd annual Great Lakes Invitational, the Wolverines had a 4-1 lead.
The wheels came off UM’s bus in the third period. MSU scored three times, tying the game and forcing overtime before Tony Calderone’s goal at 2:58 in the extra session won it for Michigan.
Michigan coach Red Berenson called the third period a flat tire.
“If you’ve got a car with a flat tire, and you don’t admit it, you’re not going to get very far,” Berenson said. “We’re going to stop and fix the flat.”
Michigan (8-9-1) took advantage early on its first power play.
After MSU's Rhett Holland picked up the game’s first penalty at 2:37 of the first, for tripping, Calderone took a rebound from Cooper Marody — whose original shot hit the post — and put in his ninth goal of the season, giving Michigan a 1-0 lead.
Will Lockwood’s seventh goal of the season — unassisted — at 6:18 gave UM a 2-0 lead.
MSU (4-11-1) answered at 8:11, on Logan Lambdin’s third goal of the season, to make it 2-1.
Alex Kile’s fourth goal of the year, at 9:57, made it 3-1.
UM forward Cutler Martin took a minor penalty for cross-checking at 11:37, but the Wolverines were able to kill it off.
Michigan led 3-1 after one.
“We’ve been in a position like that before,” MSU defenseman Zach Osburn said. “We kind of took a good look to our left and right and said, ‘We have nothing to lose, so let’s go out there and give it everything we’ve got.’”
As time expired in the period, UM’s Kevin Lohan and MSU’s Jerad Rosburg were tussling with one another. Both were assessed minor penalties for roughing.
After the second period started in a 4-on-4, the ice got a little bit bigger.
About 53 seconds in, UM’s Dexter Dancs was assessed a two-minute minor for tripping. Three seconds later, MSU’s Patrick Khodorenko picked up a tripping minor of his own, making a 3-on-3.
Both sets of penalties expired without incident.
Lohan was given a minor for interference at 5:02, putting MSU on its second power play. The Spartans couldn’t capitalize.
UM’s Adam Winborg (tripping) and MSU’s Mason Appleton (embellishment) received offsetting minors at 11:19.
Kile deflected a shot from Sam Piazza for his second goal of the game, at 13:42, to make it 4-1.
“I mean yeah, there’s a sense of confidence when you’re up 4-1,” Kile said. “But Michigan State is a team that loves playing us and obviously they’re not going to give up in an environment like this, you can’t count them out.
Nicholas Boka picked up a minor for kneeing at 18:22.
Seven seconds into the third period, Appleton’s power-play goal — his seventh of the season — made it 4-2.
“It definitely jump-started us,” Appleton said. “From there, we really chipped away.”
MSU then made it a one-goal game less than five minutes later.
Carson Gatt’s second goal of the season, at 4:32, made it 4-3.
Boka got a minor for interference at 12:03, putting MSU on the power play.
J.T. Stenglein’s goal at 17:50 of the third — his third of the year — tied it at 4.
“I didn’t feel we were getting rewarded,” MSU coach Tom Anatsos said of his team’s effort during the tournament. “We had a lot of good quality chances all weekend.”
Zach Nagelvoort had 40 saves for Michigan. John Lethemon stopped 39 for Michigan State.
Al Willman is a freelance writer