EAST LANSING, Mich. – Patrick Schafer’s goal with 1:07 remaining lifted the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 4-2 victory over No. 10/11 Michigan State Saturday in Munn Ice Arena. The teams were tied at 1 entering the third period before Buckeye Zac Dalpe put Ohio State ahead just 37 seconds into the third period with a power-play goal. Michigan State again knotted the score on Dustin Gazley’s goal at 10:01. After a big penalty kill by the Buckeyes with less than five minutes remaining, Schafer scored on a wraparound at 18:53 and Sergio Somma sealed the win with an empty-netter at 19:13.
Michigan State took a 1-0 lead at 5:43 of the first when Nick Sucharski redirected a Corey Tropp power-play shot past Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson. The shots were 11-10 in favor of the Buckeyes in the stanza. The Spartans were 1-for-3 with the man advantage, with Ohio State 0-for-1.
The Buckeyes began the second period on the power play and the Spartans took two more penalties early in the period to give the Buckeyes three-consecutive power plays. They were able to convert on the third chance (their fourth of the game) when Shane Sims’ low shot from the point found the back of the net. Somma and Taylor Stefishen assisted on the goal, which came at 3:14. The Buckeyes put 18 shots on the Spartan net in the period, holding MSU to five. The Buckeye PK was 2-for-2, with the power play 1-for-4.
Ohio State outscored Michigan State, 3-1, in the third period for the win. Dalpe scored 37 seconds in as his wrist shot from the slot on a rush found the back of the net high. Matt Bartkowski and Carlson set up the play, Dalpe’s team-best 13th goal and sixth power-play tally of the year, that gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the weekend. At 10:01 Dustin Gazley tied the game when he put in the rebound of a Daultan Leveille shot. Ohio State had a power play after the goal and got three shots on net but could not regain the lead. After a Buckeye was assessed a penalty at 15:24 but the PK held strong and did not allow a shot on net. Schafer’s go-ahead goal came with 1:07 remaining. Work down low from C.J. Severyn got the puck to Schafer, who came around the net and was able to get the puck through five-hole. After the ensuing faceoff MSU pulled its goalie for the extra attacker. The Buckeyes got the puck in their zone and Sims and Boyd got the puck up to Somma, who scored into the empty net on the rush. The Buckeyes again controlled play in the period, outshooting Michigan State, 18-4.
Ohio State outshot Michigan State, 47-19, in the game, setting a season high for shots on goal. Carlson ended the game with 17 saves on 19 shots in 59:59. Drew Palmisano had 43 saves in 59:51.
The Buckeyes were 2-for-8 on the power play in the game. Michigan State was 1-for-7.