OSU stuns Spartans With Last-Minute Tally
Jan. 23, 2010
Patrick Schafer snapped a 2-2 tie when he scored a wraparound goal with 1:07 remaining in regulation to send Ohio State to a 4-2 victory over Michigan State on Saturday in East Lansing. Drew Palmisano did his part with 43 saves, a season - best, but the late goal was a back-breaker for the Spartans, who settled on an eventual split of the season series with the Buckeyes.
Schafer's game-winner came after an extended period of fighting for possession behind the MSU goal line. Schafer finally emerged with the puck, wrapped around the back and out to the left side, and was able to stuff the puck five-hole on Palmisano, who was stationed at the left post. Sergio Somma had the empty-netter shortly thereafter to ice the victory.
The game was again a penalty-filled affair, as the teams combined for 15 penalties on the night - OSU was 2-for-8 on the man advantage, and MSU was 1-for7.
Nick Sucharski got MSU on the on the board at 5:43, while the Spartans were on their second power play of the night. Corey Tropp shot the puck from the half-wall, and Sucharski tipped it at the hash marks. It was just enough of a deflection to throw off the timing of netminder Dustin Carlson, and the puck bounced past him for the early MSU lead.
Ohio State jumped on the board early in the second, on Michigan State's second consecutive penalty to open the period. With Tropp in the box., Shane Sims' shot from the high slot made its way through traffic for the tying tally for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State took its first lead of the weekend 37 seconds into the final period. Chris Forfar was in the box for the Spartans after a holding call was whistled at the 20:00 mark of the second. Dalpe carried the puck out of his own defensive zone, through the neutral zone, and shot from the high slot and beat Palmisano high, glove-side.
Dustin Gazley's eighth goal of the season tied the game at 2-2 with 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Torey Krug made the outlet pass out of the zone, and Leveille went in on a mini-breakaway, with defenders on both hips. Leveille's shot was saved, but a crashing Gazley flipped the puck past the glove hand of Carlson for the equalizer.
NOTES: Michigan State split the season series with the Buckeyes and is now 3-3-0 overall against Big Ten opponents this season ... The Spartans lost their only CCHA game of the season thus far at Munn Arena. MSU entered the game 6-0-4 at home in conference contests ... 17 of OSU's 47 saves came on the power play ... Drew Palmisano recorded his fifth straight game with 30+ saves. He made 43 stops, bettering his previous season high of 40, set against Minnesota on Nov. 28 ...
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