No. 1 Michigan State rallies to beat No. 4 Western Michigan 5-4 in OT hockey
Saturday, March 30, 2024

(MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO) – No. 1 seed Michigan State rallied from a two-goal deficit at the end of 40 minutes and capped its rally with an overtime game-winner from senior Jeremy Davidson to earn a 5-4 victory over in-state rival and No. 4 seed Western Michigan in the first round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Davidson, a Kalamazoo native, played the role of overtime hero, scoring with the assist going to Trey Augustine. Western Michigan held 1-0 and 4-2 leads in the game. The first Bronco lead came just over seven minutes into the opening period on a Matteo Constantini score. Western Michigan took what looked like a commanding 4-2 advantage by scoring the equalizer on the power play and scored twice more in the next 3:20 to turn a 2-1 deficit into two-goal advantage. The Broncos end their season at 21-16-1. The Spartans improve to 25-9-3 overall, matching its most wins since 2007-08 and advance to the NCAA regional final for the first time since the same season. It’s the most wins since the 2007 National Championship team was 26-13-3.