Michigan State took on Ohio State in hopes of putting together their third two game win streak of the season, but fell to the Buckeyes 3-2.
The opening ten minutes of play saw the Spartans dominate, forcing Ohio State goaltender Christian Frey into making a few spectacular saves and ringing a shot off the crossbar.
Ohio State matched the intensity later in the period, gaining some momentum after taking the lead against the run of play just over ten minutes in. There was initially no signal on the ice but after a review of the goalmouth scramble, Dakota Joshua was credited with opening the games scoring.
The Spartans answered back two minutes later off the stick of Brennan Sanford, who put a rebound into a wide-open net on the back door.
Tanner Laczynski would once again give the Buckeyes a lead with just under five minutes remaining in the first. Laczynski was able to walk into the slot and fire a shot past the glove hand of Michigan State goaltender John Lethemon.
Michigan State once again equalized in the dying moments of the first, this time on the man advantage. Villiam Haag fired a shot from the top of the circle that rang off the post but found its way into the net off the back of Frey.
The second period featured an even, scoreless period of play. Both teams failed to convert on power play opportunities and the two minutes of four-on-four that resulted from a post whistle scuffle. Despite outshooting the Buckeyes 13-7 in the second period, the best chances came off the sticks of the Buckeyes who were unable to beat Lethemon.
The Buckeyes started the third on a powerplay that carried over from a late second period penalty. As the penalty expired Laczynski sent a shot that was met by the deflection of John Wiitala who gave Ohio State their third one goal lead of the hockey game.
The Buckeyes played a short shift, dumb and chase style for the majority of the third to try and kill off the game. The Spartans finally found a breakthrough with 4:47 left, as Mason Appleton fired a shot that was deflected home by Sam Saliba. The ensuing review took close to ten minutes and the goal was waved off for the deflection being too high.
The Spartans were ultimately unable to equalize on a six-on-four powerplay to end the game and fell to 6-18-3 on the season. The Spartans will look to avenge the defeat tomorrow night at 7:05.