EAST LANSING, Mich. – Buckeye sophomore Taylor Stefishen scored a career-high two goals but it wasn’t enough, as the Ohio State men’s hockey team dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 11-ranked Michigan State Friday in Munn Ice Arena. The teams will close out the series at 5:05 p.m. Saturday, with the game televised live on the Big Ten Network.
The Buckeyes led 1-0 early before a three-goal run gave the Spartans a 3-1 lead through two periods. Stefishen scored his second of the night less than two minutes into the third period to draw the Buckeyes within one (3-2). The score remained 3-2 until there were just under six minutes left when Michigan State scored twice in 1:43 to extend the lead.
Ohio State got on the board first when Stefishen put in the rebound of a Sergio Somma shot at 2:11 with the Buckeyes on the power play. Peter Boyd had the second assist on the goal, as he set up the play into the zone. The Spartans answered quickly as Nick Sucharski scored on the power play at 4:17. Michigan State took the lead with 52.2 seconds left in the first when Derek Grant, stationed in the slot, tipped in a Sucharski shot. Shots were 12-8 in favor of the Spartans in the period. Ohio State had four power-play chances in the period, including three-consecutive.
Torey Krug scored the only goal of the second period to give the Spartans a two-goal lead, tallying on the power play at 18:38. The Buckeyes outshot Michigan State, 12-9, in the stanza. The Spartans were 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Buckeyes did not have a PP chance.
At 1:50 of the third period Stefishen drew the Buckeyes within one (3-2) with an unassisted goal, tallying off a faceoff win from the right faceoff circle. Michigan State maintained its one-goal edge until Trevor Nill scored at 14:01 to put the Spartans up by two. Zach Goelbiewski followed with a tally at 15:44 to extend the lead to 5-2. Each team was unsuccessful on one power play in the period.
Cal Heeter played 59:55 and had 23 saves for the Buckeyes, who outshot the Spartans, 33-28. Michigan State goalie Drew Palmisano had 31 stops in 59:50.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-5 on the power play in the game, with the Spartans 2-for-8.