The Irish headed up North to take on the Michigan State Spartans. Notre Dame nearly took it to the last minute to tie it at one goal each, but got the extra conference point in the second OT.
The first twenty minutes were scoreless, but the Irish proved themselves the most agressive of the two teams on offense. The guys in gold and blue outshot the Spartans 9-3 in the first and at one point in the game doubled the Spartans shots on goal 68-34.
After the two squads had moved on from a first period deadlock, It was Michigan State’s Sam Saliba who claimed the first goal of the game in the second period.
In the final 20 minutes, the Irish pulled Cale Morris from the net to get an extra attacker on the ice. Michael Graham got the Irish on the board with a goal and extended the game.
The Irish defense said “not today,” and one OT just wasn’t enough.
Tory Dello came through for the Irish in a shootout and chalked up the last point to get the advantage in the B1G standings.
Michigan State: Sam Saliba at 5:17 in the 2nd with assists from Cole Krygier and Logan Lambdin
Notre Dame: Michael Graham at 18:31 in the 3rd with assists from Cam Morrison and Colin Theisen
Notre Dame: Tory Dello in 2 OT
Notre Dame: Alex Steeves for elbowing at 12:32 in the 1st
Michigan State: Jagger Joshua for holding at 15:46 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Cale Morris, 18 saves
Michigan State: John Lethemon, 36 saves
The Irish and Spartans will take the ice again at 7:00 p.m. ET Saturday in Lansing. To catch the game, stream online with BTN+.
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