After controlling the puck and maintaining the pressure in the first 15 minutes of the game, the Spartans would trail behind the No. 7 Buckeyes for the rest of the game to follow.
The Buckeyes would come out on top to continue their win streak at Munn Ice Arena and defeated the Spartans 6-0.
“We really didn’t play the full 60 minutes,” Taro Hirose said. “”We got a little frustrated there towards the end. We let it boil over and gave up some power plays. They have those top skilled players that are going to make us pay.”
Unlike yesterday’s match of 15 total goals scored, the Spartans and Buckeyes remained quiet throughout the first period. Michigan State would come out keeping the pressure on the Ohio State defense earning three shots within the first minute, but would end up being outshot by the end of the period, 13-9.
The game would remain scoress until 4:40 into the second period as Buckeyes’ Ronnie Hein put his team on the board first by putting the puck past John Lethemon. Ohio State took five shots right before the goal, but would all go wide.
The Buckeyes would keep their lead throughout the second period by scoring two more goals to put them up 3-0. Ohio State’s Quinn Preston would score the second goal after getting tripped up by a scrum of MSU players.
“They deserved to win tonight,” MSU coach Danton Cole said. “We got caught on the wrong side. I think we ran out a bit of gas and emotion tonight.”
Just as MSU started to maintain the pressure on Ohio State, Mitchell Lewandowski would get called for the first penalty of the game for tripping. Right before the penalty ended the Buckeyes would put pressure on Lethemon in the crease and earn their third goal with Mason Jobst getting the puck in the net.
Between both games, Jobst would have seven points against the Spartans. Quinn Preston would follow behind with five points and Gustaf Westlund with three points out of the Buckeyes’ first line.
Throughout the second period alone, the Spartans would continue to get outshot 13-6.
“That second period we needed to come back after those three goals,” Sam Saliba said. “They have a really good power play. We gave up three chances tonight, it’s probably not going to be a good outcome if you give up three.”
The Spartans would take a major penalty call that would put them further behind the Buckeyes. Logan Lambdin, who scored a goal the night before, would be ejected from the remainder of the game for contact to the head after knocking into a Buckeye player as they were going down.
The next penalty would filled Munn with loud boos from the Spartan fans. As Brennan Sanford collided pathways with Buckeyes’ Tommy Nappier, he would be surrounded by three Ohio State players. Sanford received a roughing penalty allowing Dakota Joshua to put his team up 5-0.
“[The referees] didn’t see it so I don’t know why they gave it to [Sanford],” Cole said. “If they saw it, it would of been a penalty on [Ohio State].”
The Buckeyes would cap off the night by scoring their sixth and final goal with under five minutes left in the game.
The Spartans travel to Penn State next Friday for a 8 p.m puck drop at the Pegula Ice Arena with the game televised on Big Ten Network.
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