Goalie DeRidder leads MSU to win, tie against No. 14 Michigan
Spartan Drew DeRidder, shown rehydrating in the third period, stopped 78 of 82 shots against No. 14 Michigan over the weekend.
Freshman goalie and Fenton native Drew DeRidder stopped 78 of 82 shots over the weekend to give Michigan State a successful weekend against arch-rival and No. 14 Michigan.
DeRidder made 35 saves on Saturday night as Michigan State won the shootout to get the extra point in the Big Ten standings after the two teams skated to a 1-1 tie at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor before a crowd on 5,800.
That came after DeRidder stopped 43 shots on Friday night in the Spartans’ 4-3 win over the Wolverines at East Lansing’s Munn Ice Arena.
"There were probably more clean chances yesterday, like in tight, so he had to scramble a little bit more tonight," MSU coach Danton Cole told mlive.com after Saturday night’s game. "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 face-offs when we needed them."
Both goals Saturday came on the power play.
Taro Hirose tied it for Michigan State (2-3-1-1 in the conference. and 6-7-1 overall) 5:52 into the second period after Nicholas Boka (Plymouth) scored 8:13 into the game for Michigan (2-3-3-1 and 6-6-3).
Freshman Strauss Mann made 17 saves for the Wolverines.
Clarkston’s Mitchell Lewandowski broke a 3-3 tie 9:44 into the third period to win it for the Spartans Friday night and had two assists.
“It's been a while since I've had that many shots,” DeRidder told the State News after his 43-save performance. “It's a big game tonight, a big rivalry. It's just good to get the win.
“It was probably not the most technically sound game, but we found a way to battle through it and win.”
Brody Stevens (Ann Arbor), Tommy Miller (West Bloomfield) and Cody Milan (White Lake) also scored for the Spartans. Hirose had two assists.
Jack Becker had a goal and an assist and Josh Norris (Oxford) and Nick Pastujov also scored for Michigan. Sophomore defenseman Quinn Hughes had three assists, and Hayden Lavigne made 25 saves.
“We were chasing the puck,” Wolverines coach Mel Pearson said. “They’ve got control of the puck, and we were chasing them all night.”
Fans in the Michigan State student section were chanting the name of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh after his team was hammered 62-39 by Ohio State last Saturday.