Minnesota and MSU skate to a draw

The Gophers scored just one point on the weekend and failed to win back the Mariucci-Bessone trophy.

Dane Mizutani

The No. 3 Minnesota menâÄôs hockey team (11-4-1, 8-2-0 WCHA) followed up its 4-3 loss to Michigan State on Friday with a 4-4 tie on Saturday at Munn Arena.

This marks the first time the Gophers failed to record a win in a weekend series this season.

Nick Bjugstad snapped his four-game goal streak, but tallied an assist to take the Division I lead with 24 points on the season.

Minnesota was forced to fight back from another early deficit Saturday after the Spartans (8-5-1, 4-4-0 CCHA) took a two-goal lead, but the Gophers fell short and the game ended in a tie.

Brock Shelgren put MSU on board in the first period when he netted a goal to make it 1-0.

The MSU lead stretched into the second period, but Ben Marshall tied the game for the Gophers.

Mike Merrifield and Matt Crandell added a pair of goals subsequent to Marshall tying the game to give MSU a two-goal lead.

The Gophers responded on the power play a little over two minutes later to cut the lead to one. Erik Haula collected a Bjugstad shot with the man advantage and housed his first goal since Oct. 28.

Zach Budish scored the game-tying goal early in the third and Kyle Rau gave the Gophers their first lead of the series two and a half minutes later.

This lead was short-lived, as Daultan Leveille beat Kent Patterson less than two minutes later to pull the Spartans even at 8:54.

Neither team was able to net the go-ahead goal in the final 11 minutes, and the game went into overtime.

It was only the second overtime game of the year for the Gophers.

In their first overtime game of the season against Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 14, Nate Condon scored the game-winning goal with 56 seconds left in the game.

He was unable to replicate the heroics Saturday and the game ended in a tie.

The Gophers were unable to win back the Mariucci-Bessone by only scoring one point on the weekend.

This was the last road game Minnesota will face in 2011, as it will host all seven games it plays in December.