Oct. 21, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - A two -goal outburst in the third period turned a tie game into a 5-2 loss for Michigan State at the hands of Ohio State on Friday in East Lansing. The Buckeyes deposited an empty-netter in the final minutes to even their record at 3-3-0, and 2-2-0 in conference play. The Spartans are forced to settle on a split, and are now 2-4-0, 1-3-0 in conference play.
The Spartans jumped on the board early, as they did in the series opener on Thursday. Matt Berry dug the puck away from a defenseman in the left corner, and found Kevin Walrod in the slot. Walrod held the puck to throw off the goalie's timing, then slid a soft shot five-hole for his first goal of the season.
Ohio State tied the game five minutes into the second frame, generating their first goal of the weekend. Moments after Ryan Dzingel clanged a shot off the left post, he fed Chris Crane with the puck, and Crane dished to Alez Szczechura. Szczechura's shot went five-hole on Palmisano to knot the score at one.
Ohio State took its first lead of the weekend with a 5-on-3 goal at 10:50 of the second frame. With Justin Hoomaian (hooking) and Matt Crandell (tripping) in the box, Devon Krogh threw the puck from the slot to Crane in the left circle, and Crane found space beneath Palmisano's blocker for his shot,
The lead was short-lived, as the home team pulled even at 14:03. As an OSU penalty expired, Torey Krug slid a pass across the top of the slot to Walrod in the right circle, and Walrod one-timed it from the right circle; it sent the teams into the dressing rooms knotted at two.
Into the third period, OSU got a pair of goals less than a minute apart to blow open the game at 4-2. At 4:04, Darik Angeli forced a shot at the right post, and at his second shove, got the puck past the leg pad of Palmisano. Less than a minute later, Crane picked up his second of the night on a shot from the left point that beat a heavily-screened Palmisano.
MSU pressed for a goal to close the margin, but Heeter kept the Spartans off the board for the balance of the contest.
The Spartans were 0-for-4 on the power play, but were an impressive 6-for-7 on the penalty kill.
MSU will host Robert Morris next weekend at Munn Ice Arena.
Notes: Szczechura's second-period goal snapped Palmisano's personal shutout streak of 145:01 against Ohio State, dating back to last season ... Matt Berry has had points in three of his four games played this season ... Kevin Walrod had his second career two-goal game ...