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Oct. 21, 2011

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Three unanswered third-period goals led the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Michigan State Friday night at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. The win gives the Buckeyes a series split with the Spartans (2-4, 1-3 CCHA) and moves the team to 3-3 on the year and 2-2 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play.

The Buckeyes will return to action with a two-game series against Alaska in Columbus to open their home conference slate. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Value City Arena.

For the second-consecutive night, the Buckeyes trailed the Spartans 1-0 after the first period. The Buckeyes scored twice in a 4:49 span in the second period to take a 2-1 lead, with goals from sophomore Alex Szczechura and Chris Crane (on the power play). Just over three minutes later Michigan State again tied the game, as Kevin Walrod netted his second goal of the night. Freshman Darik Angeli put Ohio State ahead 4:04 into the second period with his first career goal, the eventual gamewinner. Crane scored his second of the game 1:13 later for a two-goal advantage and freshman Matt Johnson closed out the win with a shorthanded empty-net tally with 36 seconds remaining. Crane led Ohio State with two goals and three points, while defensemen junior Devon Krogh and freshman Ben Gallacher each had two assists.

Michigan State opened the scoring on a goal by Kevin Walrod from the slot 3:23 into the contest. Shots were 9-8 in favor of the Buckeyes in the first period, with Ohio State scoreless on two power play chances.

The Buckeyes scored back-to-back goals in less than five minutes to take a 2-1 lead. At 5:01 Szczechura put in a rebound, with assists from Crane and freshman Ryan Dzingel. At 10:50 Crane tallied on a 5-on-3 power play, scoring on a snap shot from the right circle, set up by Gallacher and Krogh. The Spartans knotted the score at two when Walrod scored for the second time in the game, finding the back of the net at 14:03. Ohio State outshot the Spartans again, 13-8, in the stanza.

Just 4:04 into the third period Angeli scored after driving to the net and putting in his own rebound. Senior defenseman Sean Duddy assisted on the goal, which gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the weekend. Just 1:13 later Crane broke through the defense and put the puck high over MSU goalie Drew Palmisano for a 4-2 Buckeye lead, with assists to freshmen defensemen Clark Cristofoli and Gallacher. With time winding down and the Spartan net empty, Ohio State was assessed a penalty for a 6-on-4 MSU advantage. Johnson was able to take a pass from Krogh and send a long shot down the ice and into the net to seal the win. The goal, a shorthanded tally, came at 19:24. The teams combined for 23 shots in the period, with Buckeye senior goalie Cal Heeter stopping all 12 Spartan attempts.

For the game, Ohio State outshot Michigan State, 33-28. Heeter played all 60 minutes and had 26 saves. Palmisano had 28 saves, allowing four goals, in 59 minutes.

Ohio State converted 1-of-7 power play chances and stopped the Spartans on all four opportunities.

Postgame Notes
• Angeli’s goal was the first of his career. Cristofoli had the first assist and point of his Ohio State career.
• Gallacher had the first two-assist and multiple-point game of his collegiate career.
• Duddy’s assist was his first of the year.
• Crane had the first two-goal and three-point games of his Buckeye career. It was his second multiple-point night and first since Nov. 6, 2010 vs. Alabama-Huntsville. It was the Buckeyes’ second three-point game of the year.
• Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with six points and shares the goal-scoring lead with Crane and Johnson with three each. Dzingel, Krogh, Max McCormick and Gallacher each have three assists to lead the squad.
• The five goals were a season high for the Buckeyes.
• Ohio State outshot its opponent for the first time this year.
• The shorthanded goal by Johnson was the first shorthanded marker for the Buckeyes this year.