OSU rallies third to secure series division
Michigan State fell in Game 2 of the series at Ohio State on Saturday, losing a 5-1 decision to the Buckeyes.
MSU entered the dying minutes of the third 3-1, but allowed two goals in the final at 1:51 for the final margin.
Patrick Guzzo netted a goal and an assist for the Buckeyes, including the game’s first shorthanded score. Josh nodler scored the Spartan in the second period, scoring a power play for his second goal of the weekend.
Ohio State jumped onto the board early with Guzzo’s shorthanded count just over a minute in a major penalty taken by his team. OSU killed the remainder of the penalty and held MSU 1-3 on the man advantage, despite seven penalties for 33 minutes.
Drew DeRidder made 29 saves and conceded four goals, while Jakub Dobes made 19 for Ohio State
MSU was outscored 34-20, but shots were 23-19 in the second two periods of play.
- Drew DeRidder made his second start of the weekend and compiled 29 saves.
- Josh nodler scored the only Spartan goal and finished the weekend with a pair of goals and an assist
- MSU had three power play chances and converted one in the second period.
- Ohio State received seven penalties for 33 minutes, including 27 minutes in the first period.
- FIRST PERIOD: The Buckeyes were fined a major penalty just 1:09 into the game, sending Quinn Preston out of the ice for the remainder of the game and giving the Spartans a five-minute power play advantage. Just over a minute later, OSU’s Patrick Guzzo forced a turnaround in the neutral zone and entered alone on DeRidder, opening the scoring with his first goal of the season. In total, Ohio State took four penalties for 27 minutes in the opening period, but kept the 1-0 lead in the locker room.
- SECOND PERIOD: In the middle of the period, the Spartans got the equalizer when Griffin loughran had the puck under the goal line on the left side and found Nodler just inside the hash mark circle, and the junior scored his second goal of the weekend at 11:47. The Buckeyes regained the lead on a Mark Cheremeta goal at 4:18 pm, when he hit the puck in the air and doubled it from the top of the hash marks. OSU had a 12-9 advantage in shots during the period.
- THIRD PERIOD: The Buckeyes extended their lead midway through the third period, when a left-point shot from Ryan O’Connell was knocked down by DeRidder for a 3-1 advantage. Led by a pair and before the final two minutes, the Spartans sent DeRidder to the bench in favor of an additional skater, and Gustaf Westlund placed one in the empty cage for a 4-1 lead. Ohio State scored a fifth at 7:08 pm from Jaedno Leslie.