(ISN) – EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Ohio State men’s hockey lost a Big Ten Conference game to Michigan State, 2-0, Saturday in Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. After a scoreless first period, the Spartans (9-11-2, 3-3-2-2 B1G) scored late in the second for a 1-0 lead. Michigan State converted a 5-on-3 power play with 1:11 remaining in the third period to clinch the win over the Buckeyes (7-13-2, 2-6-0-0 B1G).
Ohio State has a bye this upcoming weekend before traveling for two games vs. Minnesota in Minneapolis Feb. 6-7. Ohio State will then host seven of its next 10 games at home, starting Feb. 13-14 vs. Wisconsin.
For the second night in a row, the teams were scoreless in the first period. Ohio State was outshot by the Spartans, 8-5, in the stanza, and no penalties were called.
Ohio State had the first power play chance of the game (and the only one of the period) at 14:29 of the second period but was unable to take advantage. Less than a minute after the power play expired, the Spartans took a 1-0 lead when Travis Walsh was able to get to a rebound, and his shot went off Ryan Keller and in at 17:12. The teams combined for 23 shots in the period, with Ohio State having the edge, 12-11.
The Buckeyes’ best shot to tie the game came with a little more than six minutes remaining in the third, when senior Tanner Fritz hit the post. Two late major penalties on the Buckeyes in the third period gave the Spartans a 5-on-3 power play late and Michigan State converted, with Brent Darnell tallying at 18:49 for a 2-0 lead. The Spartans outshot the Buckeyes, 15-5, in the period.
For the game, Michigan State outshot Ohio State, 34-22. Christian Frey made 32 saves for Ohio State in all 60 minutes. Jake Hildebrand stopped all 22 Buckeye shots in 60 minutes, as Ohio State was shut out for the first time since Jan. 17, 2014 at Minnesota.
Michigan State was 1-for- 4 on the power play in the game, with Ohio State 0-for-2.