Like their Ann Arbor counterparts, Michigan State (19-15-4) advanced to the CCHA Super Six by way of an overtime win over Miami-Ohio Saturday night in East Lansing.
The Spartans had eked out a 2-1 win over the Redhawks Friday night on the first two collegiate goals from junior Chad Hontvet and 25 saves from goalie Dominic Vicari.
"It's been awhile since I have scored, so there is no better time to start scoring again than in the playoffs," said Hontvet. "Anything that you can do to help your team, so it was a great night for me and our team."
Saturday night, Colton Fretter scored the game-tying and game-winning goal as MSU took a 5-4 victory. Fretter tied it at 14:54 of the third period and then sent the Spartans to Detroit at 7:45 of the extra session.
Miami led 3-2 after 40 minutes, but Tommy Goebel and Fretter scored in the third to make it interesting. Bryan Lerg and captain Jim Slater scored in the second period after Miami led 1-0 after the first.
"I don't even know how the puck came out in the slot," said Fretter, describing his game-winner. "It was just right there. We came in and we knew that (Miami goalie Brandon) Crawford-West played the first shot. So I kind of faked a shot and brought it over to my backhand and the net was wide open. I had so much time. I don't remember it."
Vicari finished with 34 saves.
Michigan State (19-15-4 overall, 12-13-3 CCHA) meets Nebraska-Omaha (19-15-4 overall, 13-11-4 CCHA) in the CCHA Super Six quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday at 8:05 p.m. The first quarterfinal contest features Northern Michigan against Alaska Fairbanks at 4:35 p.m. The winners of the quarterfinal match-ups will move on to the semifinals on Friday.