Tom Anastos & the Michigan State hockey team went on the road to Columbus and upset the #13 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes! It was a big win for the Spartans and our old pat and MSU SID Jeff Barnes has the complete write up!
Spartans Knock Off No. 13 Ohio State on the Road
The Spartans four-goal explosion started with Lambdin at the 6:44 mark of the opening period. Lambdin made a hit on an Ohio State defenseman at the Buckeye blue line, knocking the puck loose to Milan. Milan took the puck down the right side in the OSU zone and then made a perfect pass to Lambdin, who was alone in front, and deked and then scored on his backhand.
Thomas Ebbing made it 2-0 4:01 later with the first of two straight goals that came off deflections. Jerad Rosburg got the puck to Mitch Eliot at the right point, who let a shot go. Ebbing was standing in the slot and got a stick on the high shot, knocking it down and past goaltender Christian Frey.
The Spartans (7-21-3, 3-12-2) got their second goal on a tip 4:12 later at the 5:03 mark. Rhett Holland wristed a shot from near the hash marks just off the boards on the right side and puck bounced off Milan in the low slot and into the net.
With the teams skating 4-on-4 late in the first, an OSU penalty gave the Spartans a power play and they cashed in to record their first four-goal opening period since 2012. Taro Hirose and Mason Appleton worked the puck down low from the point and Sam Saliba banged home a rebound to make it 4-0 with 2:31 to play.
“We went to the net and it was good to finally get rewarded for doing the right things,” MSU head coach Tom Anastos said.
The Buckeyes (17-10-6, 8-8-1-1) used the power play to get on the board 2:15 into the second with leading scorer Nick Schilkey scoring on a shot from the left circle.
Lambdin got the goal back for the Spartans at the 7:25 mark when he went to the net and put home a rebound for his second of the game.
Ohio State pushed back to make it a 5-3 past the midway point of the second with two goals in a 3:15 span. Kevin Miller got the first at the 10:02 mark, finishing 3-on-2 down low, and then Mason Jobst created a turnover while shorthanded and scored on a breakaway at 13:19.
Neither team had many quality chances in the third period until the Buckeyes went to the power play with just over five minutes to go. David Gust was able to pull OSU within one, 5-4, with a one-timer from the right circle with 4:17 to play.
OSU pulled its goaltender for an extra attacker with just over two minutes to play, but the Spartans negated the Buckeyes at every opportunity the rest of the way to hang on for the victory.
“I thought overall, we gave up a couple goals I didn’t like, in particular,” Anastos said. “But outside of that, we made them earn what they got. I thought we played smart throughout the game and we got a huge contribution from our fourth line.”
The Spartans finished with a 33-30 edge in shots on goal.
The Spartans and Buckeyes will meet again on Saturday at 8 p.m.