It was youth on display tonight in East Lansing as the young Spartans battled it out with the also youthful Ohio StateBuckeyes.
The first period was scoreless with shots favoring Michigan State 14-8
Midway through the second period Ohio State leading scorer Tanner Fritz hit the post. It was ruled a goal on the ice, but the call was reversed after a review of the play. Later into the period Michigan State senior forward Anthony Hayes also appeared to score a goal, but upon further review it was a ruled a no-goal because Michigan State leading scorer Matt Berry made contact with Ohio State’s goalie Brady Hjelle. The score remained tied at 0-0 after 40 minutes of play, with Michigan State trailing in shots 19-21.
Ohio State saved their best for last. Sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel potted a rebound goal at the end of the third period to end the game 1-0 Ohio State.
Michigan State freshman goaltender Jake Hildebrand got his fourth straight and appears to have won the starting position in net.
The Spartans have now killed 16 consecutive power play over the last 4 games.
Michigan State will get their rematch tomorrow night, again in East Lansing.