In two weeks, Michigan State had plunged from No. 6 in the country to No. 11 and then to No. 20 with three straight shutout losses entering Thursday's quarterfinal match at home against Penn State
in the Big Ten men's tournament.
The Spartans still couldn't score but advanced thanks to a 4-3 win in a shootout after their game ended 0-0.
Michigan State goalkeeper Chris Austin
stopped the last two attempts from Stephen Reihner
and Daniel Martini
win the game.
"We played well, brought it together and really stepped up, hustled and had a lot of confidence throughout the game," Austin said.
The other two ranked Big Ten teams
in action Thursday in East Lansing both won.
No. 16 Northwestern used two David Roth
goals to defeat Wisconsin, 3-1, and No. 18 Ohio State beat
Michigan, 1-0, on Xavier Balc
's first-half volley. GAME
Northwestern 3 Wisconsin 1 Goals:
NU-Roth (Blades) 52
NU-Blades (Bellizzi) 66
Ohio State 1 Michigan 0 Goal:
OS-Balc 15. Michigan
State 0 Penn State 0 (Michigan State wins 4-3 on penalties.)