Buckeyes Rally to Top Spartans, 5-3
Jan. 10, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three third-period goals, including two in the first 1:30 of the frame, helped Ohio State erase a one-goal deficit and go on to defeat the Michigan State hockey team, 5-3, on Friday night at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ryan Dzingel had a hat trick for the Buckeyes, while Matt Berry scored twice and added an assist for the Spartans.
MSU dropped to 6-10-2 overall and 0-2-1-1 in Big Ten play, while OSU improved to 11-6-0 and 1-2-0-0 in the conference.
Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Spartans scored three goals in the second and took a 3-2 lead into the third. But the two quick goals by Ohio State to start the third period reclaimed the advantage for the Buckeyes and proved to the difference.
"Give Ohio State credit, but there were parts of our game tonight that I just did not like," said Spartan head coach Tom Anastos. "At times tonight we were good defensively, but too many times weren't and we have to be better. That's just not acceptable."
The Spartans finished with a 36-30 advantage in shots on goal, including a 15-7 edge in their three-goal second period.
"I think we're making progress, offensively, and part of it is that Matt Berry is getting closer to being 100% healthy," said Anastos. "As he gets healthier, that adds to our depth because he's one of our best offensive players."
A pair of Spartan penalties just over four minutes into the game gave Ohio State a 5-on-3 and the Buckeyes took advantage. Alex Szczechura scored off a feed from Max McCormick for a 1-0 lead less than 30 seconds into the power play.
The Spartans had power plays at the end of the first period and then again at the beginning of the second, but couldn't convert on either try.
Despite coming away empty on its first two power play tries, MSU gained some offensive momentum and Berry got his first goal of the night at the 6:38 mark of the second to tie the game. Berry collected the puck from Mike Ferrantino and walked out from the left corner and fired a wrist shot past Buckeye goalie Matt Tomkins.
Berry and Spartans kept the pressure on and took a 2-1 lead with 5:00 to play in the second period. With the Spartans on the power play, Berry again found the back of the net from the left side. Berry took a pass Jake Chelios, made a move along the boards and beat Tomkins with another wrist shot. Dean Chelios also picked up an assist.
An odd-man rush by the Buckeyes led to a tie game just 1:54 after Berry's second goal. Dzingel finished the 3-on-2 play with rising shot over the shoulder of MSU goalie Jake Hildebrand.
The Spartans bounced back though as Joe Cox reclaimed the lead for MSU with 37 seconds to play in the period. Berry forced the puck toward the goal and with Cox crashing the net, he got a piece of the puck, slipping it past Tomkins. Jake Chelios picked up his second assist of the night on the goal.
The Spartan lead didn't last as OSU's game-changing two goals in the first 1:30 of the third period gave the Buckeyes a lead they did not relinquish. Nick Oddo scored just 17 seconds into the period and then Dzingel got his second of the game 1:13 later, barreling down the left side and beating Hildebrand.
Dzingel completed the hat trick with a power play goal at the 16:25 mark of the third period, making the final score 5-3.
The Buckeyes finished the game 2-for-3 on the man-advantage, while MSU went 1-for-5.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.
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