DETROIT - Ohio State broke a 3-3 tie with three third-period goals to defeat the Michigan State hockey team, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena. Senior Villiam Haag had a goal and assist and freshman Patrick Khodorenko had two assists to in the season-ending loss for the Spartans (7-24-4).
The Spartans trailed 2-0 early in the first before scoring three straight goals to take a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes. OSU tied the game with the only goal of the second period before David Gust scored twice in a span of 1:13 less than two minutes into the third period.
"I thought we obviously started slower than we'd hoped," MSU head coach Tom Anastos said. "I liked our resiliency, how we climbed back in the game."
Ohio State (21-10-6) started fast with two goals in a 1:35 span of the opening period. Mason Jobst scored first at 4:09 and then Nick Schilkey made it 2-0 with a 4-on-3 power-play goal from the right point at the 5:44 mark.
The Spartans began to climb back into the game at the 8:58 mark when Haag took a feed from Khodorenko and snapped the puck past OSU goaltender Matt Tomkins from the high slot.
Khodorenko and Hagg helped the Spartans even the game at the 12:15 mark as they combined to set up Dylan Pavelek. Haag gave a breakout pass to Khodorenko who was moving with speed through the neutral zone. Khodorenko got into the OSU zone on the left side and spotted Pavelek breaking toward the net, feeding the junior winger a perfect pass for a tap-in goal.
MSU made it three in a row with 5:40 to play in the period with a power-play goal. Sam Saliba found his way to the front of the net where he tipped Mason Appleton's shot from the right point past the OSU netminder.
The Buckeyes tied the game with 6:06 to play in the second on a shot from the slot by Brendon Kearney.
A Spartan penalty with 24 seconds to play in the middle period put the Buckeyes on the power play to start the third. Ohio State cashed in only 25 seconds into the period as Gust got his first of two goals in a quick span.
Gust then made it 5-3 at the 1:38 mark, beating MSU goaltender Ed Minney with a shot off the rush from the right circle.
"Giving up that power play -- I thought that was a real key moment to start that third period," Anastos said. "We were hoping to shut it down and build some momentum. It didn't work out that way, they got it, and they moved ahead and scored a couple additional goals and had us reeling at that point."
Tanner Laczynski made it 6-3 3:51 into the third.
The Spartans had just a handful of scoring chances the rest of the way.
OSU finished with a 34-29 advantage in shots on goal.
MSU went 1-for-3 on the power play while Ohio State was 2-for-3.
Ohio State will meet second-seeded Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on Friday.