ANN ARBOR — The Michigan and Michigan State hockey rivalry is off to a compelling start in 2018-19.
After the Spartans scored midway through third period Friday for a 4-3 win, the two teams skated to a 1-1 tie Saturday at Yost Ice Arena behind strong freshmen goaltending.
MSU, which finished last in the Big Ten last season, earned the extra conference point in the shootout to improve to 6-7-1 overall and 2-3-1-1 in the conference.
Freshman Drew DeRidder made 43 saves for his second career win Friday and followed with a 35-save performance Saturday, denying the 14th-ranked Wolverines (6-6-3, 2-3-3-1) on several quality scoring chances.
“There were probably more clean chances yesterday, like in tight, so he had to scramble a little bit more tonight,” MSU second-year head coach Danton Cole said. “We kept some things to the outside. Our back pressure was better, there weren’t as many clean looks off the rush so in that way a little easier, but I thought he was better in terms really controlling the play and his rebounds and got us some faceoffs when we needed them.”
Michigan freshman goalie Strauss Mann, making his first start in four games, made 17 saves of his own.
Both teams scored on the power play, with Taro Hirose’s seventh goal of the year at the 5-minute, 52-second mark of the second tying the game.
No. 14 Michigan, playing in its third straight overtime game, capitalized on its first opportunity of the game midway through the first. Defenseman Quinn Hughes, the seventh-overall selection in the 2018 NHL draft, fed a cross-ice pass over to senior defenseman Nicholas Boka, who one-timed it past Drew DeRidder.
Hughes has points in 10 of his last 11 games and has a team-high 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) this season.
Michigan was 3-1-1 against MSU last season. The two teams are scheduled to meet two more times this year.
MSU goes back on the road to face Wisconsin next Friday and Saturday, while Michigan hosts Minnesota for a two-game series.
Check back later for more coverage of Saturday’s game.