COLUMBUS, Ohio Behind 21 saves from sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson and points from nine players, the Ohio State men’s hockey team shut out No. 11 Michigan State, 3-0, Friday night in Value City Arena. Freshman defenseman Matt Bartkowski scored in the first period and the lead stood until freshman Ian Boots and sophomore Mathieu Picard scored 2:03 apart in the third to secure the win.
The Buckeyes outshot the Spartans in the game, 49-21. It was the team’s first shutout of Carlson’s career and the Buckeyes’ first since Nov. 24, 2007 at Western Michigan.
Ohio State, now 3-5-1 (2-4-1-1 CCHA), and Michigan State, who moves to 4-3-2 on the year (2-1-2-2 CCHA), will meet at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes will honor the 1998 NCAA Frozen Four team in a pregame ceremony as part of Alumni Weekend.
Ohio State scored the only goal of the period when Bartkowski, from Pittsburgh, Pa., got to a loose puck following a scramble in front of the net. Sophomore forwards Peter Boyd and Patrick Schafer had the assists on the goal, as they both got a stick on the puck before Bartkowski was able to score. The Buckeyes outshot the Spartans in the period, 15-8. The Buckeyes had the only power-play chance in the stanza.
The teams were scoreless in the second. MSU goalie Jeff Lerg stopped all 15 Buckeye shots in the period, with Carlson making eight saves on eight Spartan attempts. Each team was scoreless on one power-play chance in the period.
Ohio State held its one-goal edge until Boots, from Akwesasne, Ontario, added a marker at 13:51. Corey Elkins got the puck up to Todd Rudasill skating through the MSU zone. Rudasill’s attempt was stopped, but Boots was there to stuff home the rebound. Picard, a native of St. Isidore, Ontario, made the score 3-0 at 15:54, scoring off a loose puck, with freshman Zac Dalpe and sophomore Hunter Bishop assisting. The Buckeyes put 19 shots on net in the period and held the Spartans to five shots on goal. Each team again had one power-play chance. In the game, the teams combined for just nine penalties, with two sets of coincidental minors.
Carlson played 59:52 and had 21 saves. Lerg made 46 stops in 59:52.
Ohio State was 0-for-2 on the man advantage and MSU was 0-for-3.
The shutout was the second in program history for the Buckeyes vs. the Spartans and the first since Oct. 17, 2003 in East Lansing, Mich.
Boots’ goal was the first of his career.
Elkins, who has a team-best eight points, has a point in seven of the last eight games.
The Buckeyes’ 49 shots were a season high and the most since putting 48 shots on net vs. Mercyhurst Oct. 12, 2007.
The Buckeyes did not score a power-play goal for the first time in six games.
Michigan State’s 21 shots on net were an OSU opponent season low.
The Buckeyes had a season-low four penalties for eight minutes, bettering the six penalties for 12 minutes vs. Lake Superior State Oct. 18.
Thirteen Buckeyes were +1 vs. the Spartans, with Corey Toy a team-best +2.
Sophomores John Albert, Sergio Somma and Peter Boyd all played in their 50th career game.
The win was the Buckeyes’ second over a ranked team this season, after downing No. 2 Denver (4-3) Oct. 25.
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On tonight’s game
“I thought we played a solid three periods against a good hockey club. We had three hard-working goals. It was a pretty complete game for us.
On what his team can improve on for tomorrow’s game
“We generated 45 shots on net and didn’t allow any goals. We might want to pick up a power play goal here or there, but we played a solid game. It’s our job to come back with effort and match the intensity they’re going to bring tomorrow.
On Ohio State winning tonight’s game after a rough stretch the past couple games
“When you play teams like Denver and Michigan, you’re going to take your lumps. It doesn’t matter who you are. They are Buckeyes out there and we expect them to win their battles.”
Rick Comley, Michigan State head coach
On tonight’s game
“Ohio State played very well. They put in a lot of hard work. We have a very thin line-up and we are not very dangerous. I don’t want to take any credit away from Ohio State. They are a good team.”
On improvement’s for tomorrow night’s game
“I hope we can balance the shot total. We need to get more chances and get on the board. Ohio State is a good defensive team and Jeff Lerg made a lot of saves tonight. Tonight’s game could have been a lot worse. We just need to keep putting it out there and gain experience. Hopefully we will get better”
On Michigan State
“We are a young team. They (they players) get excited after we score and Ohio State’s goalie had good saves tonight. This whole season we have not scored more than three goals in a game.”
Matt Bartkowski, Ohio State freshman defenseman
On tonight’s game and his goal
“It was definitely the best performance we had all year. We made good decisions and stuck to our game plan. I was able to steal the puck at the blue line and stayed at the net to bang it home.”
Dustin Carlson, Ohio State sophomore goalie
On tonight’s game
“Our defense played extremely well tonight and I really only had to make two key saves in the game. Lerg is a phenomenal goalie and we knew we had to grind out some greasy goals. The defense kept clearing out everything and we really made improvements with no dumb penalties.“
Ian Boots, Ohio State freshman forward
On his third-period goal
“It was a huge goal for us to solidify the win. It was on a broken pass and I was able to get the rebound and was lucky enough to get it in there. Hopefully I can keep making improvements after that first goal. We need to keep our head on our shoulders and come out together tomorrow with the same game plan.”