Spartan Lose Road Tilt at Notre Dame
Jan. 15, 2010
South Bend, Ind. - Nick Larson and Ryan Thang each recorded two-goal efforts as Notre Dame rallied from a 2-0 deficit to post a 5-2 victory over Michigan State on Friday evening in South Bend. The Spartan loss snapped a six-game unbeaten streak, as MSU falls to 15-7-3 (10-4-3-0 CCHA). Notre Dame evens its record at 10-10-5, 6-7-4-2 CCHA. Brett Perlini and Dean Chelios netted the goals for MSU, while Trevor Nill had the primary assist on both tallies.
Notre Dame came out firing, putting six shots on net in the opening five minutes - but Palmisano was up to the task, and turned each (19 in the first period alone) away. Michigan State had a couple of chances in the early going as well, but finally connected for the first time at 5:25. Crandell worked the puck into the zone and Trevor Nill corralled it at the right half-wall. He threw it out in front for Dean Chelios; Chelios controlled the pass, slipped it to his backhand as he moved left to right across the top of the crease, and flipped it over the leg pad of Mike Johnson.
Brett Perlini netted his fourth goal of the season at 3:57 of the middle frame to double the MSU lead. The puck was loose in a crowd in front of the net, and Nill was able to backhand it out into the right circle. Perlini picked it up and wristed it past Johnson.
The Irish finally broke through with a goal at 7:02. Palmisano made a pair of great saves back-to-back, and Nick Larson carried the puck out to the right circle. He shot it from there, and Palmisano never saw it as the puck sailed over his shoulder to cut the MSU lead in half.
At 14:36, the Irish tied the game, as Larson potted his second of the night. The Spartans, caught on a weird change with only three men on the ice during Notre Dame's rush, still only had four men on the ice for the equalizing tally. Assists went to Lawson and Mike Guentzel.
The Irish came out with a pair of early special-teams goals in the third period to push their run of unanswered goals to four. It started with a power-play strike by Ryan Thang at 4:40, assisted by Ian Cole. Notre Dame soonafter went on the kill, after Ben Ryan was whistled for charging the goaltender after hitting Palmisano when both were going for a loose puck. MSU attempted a cross-slot pass, which was intercepted and brought the length of the ice by Dan Kessel, who ripped a shorthanded shot from the top of the left circle for Notre Dame's fourth goal of the night. At 8:57, Ryan Thang got his second tally of the period by getting Palmisano to commit to a low poke-check and flipping the puck high over the prone goalie for a 5-2 lead. That goal chased Palmisano from the net, a disappointing end to his night after a fantastic start. The teams will meet again on Saturday evening in East Lansing. Puck drops at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Michigan State allowed five goals to Notre Dame on their home ice for the second straight game ... The Spartans are now winless in seven straight games against the Irish, dating back to January 2008 (0-5-2). MSU is 0-2-1 against the Irish this season ... Notre Dame took 19 first-period shots, a single-period high allowed by MSU this season. Palmisano stopped them all, setting his new career high in single-period saves. His previous career high for saves in a period was 18, set on Jan/. 24, 2009 vs. Michigan ... Spartans had their string of 21 consecutive successful penalty kills snapped with a Ryan Thang power-play tally at 4:40 of the third period ... Drew Palmisano made 34 saves before being pulled at 8:57 of the third period. It was his third-highest save total in a game this season ... Trevor Nill recorded his third multiple-point game of the season ...
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