COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team will leave East Lansing with a series split after dropping game two of its series with No. 16 Michigan State, 4-0, Saturday in Munn Ice Arena. The Buckeyes were in a hole early, trailing 3-0 after the first period, and couldn’t rally for the second-consecutive games as they were shut out for the first time this season.
“We played better tonight than we did last night, even though we didn’t win,” Mark Osiecki, Buckeye head coach, said. “Three mistakes in the early part of the game cost us. We were better prepared, better in our defensive zone and better on faceoffs. Coming from behind is hard to do and puts a lot of pressure on the team. We need to eliminate mistakes. Hopefully we will learn from tonight and this series.”
Ohio State (5-6-0, 2-4-0-0 CCHA) came from behind to beat the Spartans (4-3-3, 2-3-1-0 CCHA) in overtime, 4-3, Friday to open the series. The Buckeyes, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end, now have a week off before hosting back-to-back series, taking on Alaska Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26-27) in Nationwide Arena and Michigan Dec. 3-4 in Value City Arena.
The Spartans opened the scoring just 3:06 into the game when Brett Perlini found the back of the net. At the nine minute mark Torey Krug tallied and Jake Chelios added MSU’s third goal at 13:44 with the Spartans on the power play. The Spartans outshot the Buckeyes in the stanza, 13-9.
The teams were scoreless through the second period, putting just 10 shots on net (MSU 6, OSU 4). The Buckeyes’ best chance came when Cory Schneider beat the goaltender but his shot clanged off the pipe.
In the third, the Buckeyes battled, pulling goalie Cal Heeter with more than three minutes remaining for the extra attacker, but were unable to get the puck past MSU goalie Drew Palmisano as they were blanked for the first time since a 0-0 game against Miami Feb. 27.
Ohio State was outshot in the contest, 30-22. Heeter ended the game with 26 saves for the Buckeyes, allowing three goals, in 56:46. Palmisano had 22 saves in 59:24.
Ohio State struggled on the power play, going 0-for-4. The Spartans were 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
The game was the first time Ohio State lost by more than one goal this season.
The Buckeyes and Spartans were facing off on MSU home ice for the third-consecutive series and split a series in East Lansing for the third time in the last four matchups. The Spartans will come to Columbus for a two-game series Feb. 4-5 in Value City Arena.
Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Men’s Hockey Ohio State vs #16 Michigan State (Nov 13, 2010 at East Lansing, Mich.)
Ohio State (5-6-0, 2-4-0-0 CCHA) vs. Michigan State (4-3-3, 2-3-1-0 CCHA) Date: Nov 13, 2010 Location: East Lansing, Mich. Arena: Munn Ice Arena Attendance:5453 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:22 pm Total time:2:17
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total Ohio State 0 0 0 0 Michigan State 3 0 1 4 1st period – 1, MSU, Brett Perlini/7 (Daultan Leveille/2, Torey Krug/7) 3:06. 2, MSU, Torey Krug/2 (Derek Grant/6, Tim Buttery/1) 9:00. 3, MSU, Jake Chelios/4 (Derek Grant/7, Brett Perlini/3) 13:44 (pp). Penalties – Chris Forfar, MSU (holding) 4:00; Brett Perlini, MSU (roughing atw) 10:55; Patrick Schafer, OSU (roughing atw) 10:55; Curtis Gedig, OSU (checking from behind) 13:01.
2nd period – Penalties – Torey Krug, MSU (roughing) 6:21; Danny Dries, OSU (roughing) 6:21; Devon Krogh, OSU (tripping) 10:05.
3rd period – 4, MSU, Brett Perlini/8 (Derek Grant/8, Daultan Leveille/3) 19:46 (empty net). Penalties – Sergio Somma, OSU (cross-checking) 3:11; Jake Chelios, MSU (hooking) 4:14; Dustin Gazley, MSU (o-hooking) 5:55; Matt Crandell, MSU (slashing) 13:06; Sergio Somma, OSU (slashing) 13:44; Cory Schneider, OSU (high sticking) 14:16.
Shots on goal – OSU 9-4-9 22; MSU 13-6-11 30.
Power plays – OSU 0 of 4; MSU 1 of 5.
Penalties – OSU 7 (14 min); MSU 6 (12 min).
Goalies – OSU, Cal Heeter 5-6 (56:46 minutes, 29 shots-26 saves) , EMPTY NET (03:14, 0-0); MSU, Drew Palmisano 4-3-3 (59:24, 22-22) , EMPTY NET (00:36, 0-0).
Penalty shots – None.
A-5453 T-2:17 Three stars: 1. Drew Palmisano 2. Torey Krug 3. Derek Grant Ref: Stephen Mcinchak; Brian Hill Line: Mike Elder; Andrew Soper Win-Drew Palmisano (4-3-3). Loss-Cal Heeter (5-6).