Oct. 23, 1999
East Lansing, Mich. – The Ohio State hockey team ran head first into a hot goaltender Saturday night in a 4-0 loss to Michigan State in Munn Ice Arena. MSU’s Ryan Miller stopped all 20 Ohio State shots, recording his first career shutout. OSU falls to 2-5-0 overall and 1-5-0 in the CCHA. Fifth-ranked MSU improves to 4-1-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the conference.
OSU was outshot in the game, 40-20. The Buckeyes failed to convert on any of their four power-play attempts, while MSU connected on 3-of-5 power-play opportunities.
MSU scored its first goal at the 5:23 mark of the first period. A three-on-two Spartan rush led to Adam Hall rifling the puck over the left shoulder of OSU goalie Ray Aho. It marked the fourth straight game that Hall had scored a goal. Ohio State was outshot in the first period, 14-8.
Hall struck again on the power-play at the 1:27 mark of the second period, grabbing a rebound in front of the OSU net and shelfing it past Aho. Brad Hodgins and Shawn Horcoff assisted on the goal.
Rustyn Dolyny gave MSU a 3-0 lead with a short-handed goal at the 4:29 mark of the second period. Dolyny scored his second goal of the night at the 17:35 mark on a Michigan State power-play, a long slapshot that slipped through Aho’s five hole. Hall and Horcoff assisted on the tally.
MSU recorded its third power-play goal of the night at the 6:24 mark of the third period. Freshman John-Michael Liles let loose a long slapshot, and OSU goalie Ray Aho was shielded as the puck slipped past his glove side. The goal was assisted by Shawn Horcoff and Adam Hall.
Brad Hodgins scored MSU’s sixth goal of the night at the 17:35 mark of the third period.
Ohio State, in the midst of an eight-game stretch against 1999 NCAA Tournament teams, will host defending national champion Maine Friday night at 7:05 p.m. in Value City Arena. The two teams will meet again Sunday at 2 p.m.