Heinonen Scores in Overtime to Send Michigan Tech Past Michigan State, 5-4
Junior forward Tyler Heinonen scores game-winner for Huskies

Junior forward Tyler Heinonen scored in overtime for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 8:26  MTU1-0 EV Alex Petan (4)Mike Neville/2, Shane Hanna/4
1st 11:47  MSU1-1 EV Joe Cox (4)Thomas Ebbing/8
1st 14:46  MSU2-1 PP Zach Osburn (3)Mason Appleton/7
2nd 8:39  MSU3-1 PP Mackenzie MacEachern (6)Carson Gatt/3
2nd 9:45  MTU2-3 EV Joel L'Esperance (5)C.J. Eick/5, Tyler Heinonen/3
2nd 12:13  MTU3-3 EV Tyler Heinonen (5) -
2nd 12:32  MSU4-3 EV JT Stenglein (7)Joe Cox/4, Zach Osburn/4
3rd 18:20  MTU4-4 EV Mark Auk (1)Tyler Heinonen/4, C.J. Eick/6
OT 4:19  MTU5-4 EV GW Tyler Heinonen (6)Joel L'Esperance/3
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Michigan Tech  12115
Michigan State  22004
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Michigan Tech  14115535
Michigan State  71611034
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Michigan Tech (7-4-0)  0/2 2/4 0
Michigan State (4-5-1)  2/2 2/4 0
Michigan Tech Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Jamie Phillips (W, 7-4-0)64:174 51411030
Empty Net0:020      
Michigan State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Jake Hildebrand (L, 4-5-1)64:195 1394430

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Tyler Heinonen scored the game-winning goal 4:19 into overtime to give No. 19 Michigan Tech a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Michigan State tonight (Nov 21) at Munn Ice Arena.

The victory was the first for the Huskies in East Lansing since Dec. 12, 1981, when Tech beat the Spartans 4-3.

"Both teams had their moments in the game," said head coach Mel Pearson, who is now 6-4-1 vs. Big Ten schools in his career at Michigan Tech. "It's very rare that you give up four goals on the road and win, but I liked our ability to stay with it and bring ourselves back. I thought we did a great job of battling back into the game and overall we're obviously happy to win."

The line of Heinonen, Joel L'Esperance and CJ Eick combined for three goals and five assists and were on the ice for four of Tech's five goals.

Heinonen scored twice and assisted on two others. L'Esperance scored the Huskies' second goal and assisted on the game-winner, while Eick notched two assists.

Tech controlled play early and the dominant start paid off when Alex Petan opened the scoring 8:26 in. After the Huskies gained the offensive line, Petan dropped a pass to Michael Neville in the left circle. Neville one-timed the puck on Michigan State goalie Jake Hildebrand, who kicked the rebound right to Petan at the edge of the crease for a tap-in.

Following three consecutive goals by the Spartans, the line of Heinonen, Eick and L'Esperance went to work. L'Esperance pulled the Huskies back to within one goal when he sent a long shot through traffic and into the top corner with 9:45 gone in the second period. Heinonen tied the score at 3-all at 12:13 with another long-range blast, this time sneaking it low on the glove side past Hildebrand.

Michigan State regained the lead before the end of the second, but Mark Auk scored with 1:40 left in regulation to force overtime. After getting the puck at the top of the right circle, Auk faked a shot, turned back towards the line and then quickly fired a shot through traffic and over Hildebrand's glove.

Tech outshot the Spartans 35-34. Goalie Jamie Phillips made 30 saves for his seventh win of the season.

The Huskies (7-4-0 overall; 6-4-0 WCHA) concludes its two-game non-conference series with the Spartans tomorrow (Nov. 22) in East Lansing.