Jan. 29, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to Michigan State, 4-2, Friday in game one of a two-game Big Ten Conference series in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (7-14-2, 1-5-2-1 B1G) and Spartans (6-17-2, 2-7-0-0 B1G) will close the series at 7 p.m. Saturday in VCA. A postgame skate will be held; fans must bring their own skates.

The Spartans led 2-0 10:40 into the game on goals from Dylan Pavelek at 3:02 and Michael Ferrantino at 10:40. The Buckeyes got on the board at 17:45 of the first period. Sophomore Matthew Weis won a faceoff deep in the Spartan zone to junior Nick Schilkey and his quick shot went far post to cut the MSU lead in half. The goal was Schlikey’s team-best 13th of the season and he is on a six-game point streak (4g, 2a, 6p). Shots were 12-8 in favor of the Spartans in the period and the Buckeyes had the only power play chance.

The only goal of the second period came at 18:13 when a shot by the Spartans’ Brennan Sanford went off a Buckeye skate and in, putting Michigan State up 3-1. The Spartans had 14 shots on goal in the period, with Ohio State putting five on net. Michigan State had two power play chances and Ohio State had one, with matching penalties called with five seconds remaining.

Just 3:07 into the third Buckeye freshman Mason Jobst took a pass from junior David Gust and was able to beat the Spartan defender and then scored far side, drawing the Buckeyes within one (3-2). The assist extended Gust’s point streak to 12 and he is tied with Schilkey for the team point lead with 23 each. Jobst is second in scoring among Big Ten freshmen with 21 points, including seven goals. With time winding down, the Buckeyes pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. The Spartans sealed the win at 18:50, as Mackenzie MacEachern scored into the empty net for a 4-2 lead. The teams combined for just 11 shots on goal in the period, with Ohio State ahead, 8-3. Each team had one power play chance.

The Spartans outshot the Buckeyes, 29-21, in the game. Junior Christian Frey played 58:31 for the Buckeyes and had 25 saves. He now has a 2.33 goals-against average and .927 save percentage. MSU’s Jake Hildebrand had 19 stops in all 60 minutes. Ohio State blocked 14 shots in the game, led by five from senior Craig Dalrymple and three from freshman Tommy Parran.

Each team was 0-for-3 on the power play in the game. Ohio State has not allowed a power play goal in each of the last three games, stopping all eight attempts against. The Buckeyes were held scoreless on the power play for the first time in six games.