EAST LANSING, Mich. Buckeye sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson made 33 saves, but it wasn’t enough as a late Spartan power-play goal lifted Michigan State to a 2-1 victory over the No. 16 Ohio State men’s hockey team Saturday in Munn Ice Arena. The Buckeye penalty kill had stopped a five-minute major earlier in the third period, including a 5-on-3 advantage for the first two minutes of the power play, but the Spartans’ Jeff Petry scored at 16:13 on MSU’s fourth power-play of the night to go ahead and MSU held on for the win.

Ohio State now is 18-10-4 on the year and 11-9-4-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Michigan State, which earns all four points in the series after a shootout win Friday, move to 9-18-5 overall and 6-14-4-3 in league play.

The Buckeyes return home next weekend to host Michigan for two games in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes and Wolverines will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday in a game televised live by the Big Ten Network and CBS College Sports will carry the game Saturday with an 8:05 p.m. faceoff.

The Spartans scored the only goal of the first period 4:24 into the game. Brett Perlini passed the puck to Joey Shean at the faceoff circle and his shot found the top right corner. The Buckeyes had 15 shots in the period, including chances right in front while shorthanded, but could not get the puck past MSU goalie Jeff Lerg. Carlson had 13 saves in the period. The Buckeyes were unable to score on two power-play chances, with a third carrying over into the third, and MSU was 0-for-1.

Shane Sims tied the game at 1 with a low shot from the point 1:02 into the second period. After work down low Mathieu Picard got the puck to Chris Reed and he passed over to his d-partner who tallied his fifth goal of the year. Ohio State outshot Michigan State in the period, 12-11. The Buckeyes had the only two power-play chances of the period.

In the third, the Buckeye PK held the Spartans scoreless on a 5-minute major, down two men for the first two minutes after Picard was assessed a major and game disqualification for checking from behind and Reed was given a hooking penalty. The Spartans were able to convert on the next power-play chance when Jeff Petry’s shot went five-hole. The Buckeyes pulled Carlson with 47 seconds remaining, and had a few chances, but could not get the tying goal the squad got Friday night to force overtime.

The Spartans outshot the Buckeyes, 35-34, in the game. Carlson ended the game with 33 saves in 59:13. Lerg had 33 stops in 59:48.

Ohio State was unable to score on four power-play chances. Michigan State was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#16 Ohio State vs Michigan State (Feb 14, 2009 at East Lansing, Mich.)

 Ohio State (18-10-4, 11-9-4-3) vs. Michigan State (9-18-5, 6-14-4-3)
 Date: Feb 14, 2009  Location: East Lansing, Mich.   Arena: Munn Ice Arena     
 Attendance:5721   Start time:5:05 pm   End time:7:25 pm   Total time:2:20   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Ohio State 0 1 0 1
 Michigan State 1 0 1 2
   1st period – 1, MSU, Shean, Joey/2 (Perlini, Brett/1, Nill,
Trevor/2) 4:24. Penalties – Sprague, Jay, MSU (cth cross-checking)
4:28; Nill, Trevor, MSU (hooking) 12:21; Sergio Somma, OSU (cth
elbowing) 17:45.

   2nd period – 2, OSU, Shane Sims/5 (Chris Reed/9, Mathieu Picard/7)
1:02. Penalties – Shean, Joey, MSU (hooking) 1:53; Gazley, Dustin, MSU
(clipping) 18:57.

   3rd period – 3, MSU, Petry, Jeff/2 (Crandell, Matt/4, Schepke,
Matt/8) 16:13 (pp). Penalties – Chris Reed, OSU (hooking) 8:44;
Mathieu Picard, OSU (checking from behind) 8:44; Mathieu Picard, OSU
(disqualification) 8:44; Ian Boots, OSU (hooking) 15:15.

   Shots on goal – OSU 15-12-7 34; MSU 14-11-10 35.

   Power plays – OSU 0 of 4; MSU 1 of 4.

   Penalties – OSU 5 (21 min); MSU 4 (8 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson 16-7-3 (59:13 minutes, 35 shots-33
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:47, 0-0); MSU, Lerg, Jeff 8-16-3 (59:48, 34-33)
, EMPTY NET (00:12, 0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-5721  T-2:20   
 Three stars: 1. Lerg, Jeff    2. Petry, Jeff    3. Shean, Joey   
 Ref: Stephen McInchak; Dean Sanborn   Line: Justin Perrone; Paul Tunison
 Win-Lerg, Jeff (8-16-3).  Loss-Dustin Carlson (16-7-3).