Notre Dame jumped out to an early lead just 2:01 into the game. Jack Jenkins centered the puck from the corner that found Pierce Crawford. Crawford beat Spartan goalie John Lethemon on the backhand for the 1-0 lead.
After a shutout in game one, Cale Morris picked up right where he left off for Notre Dame. Morris made 10 saves in the first period to keep the Irish in the lead.
Notre Dame doubled their advantage in the middle of the second. With the Irish short handed, Graham Slaggert forced a turnover and started a two on two rush with Cal Burke. Burke entered the offensive zone with the puck and passed to Slaggert who beat Lethemon for his first career short handed goal and a 2-0 lead.
Morris made a huge save in the second to maintain the Irish lead. As a Spartan penalty ended, Jerad Rosburg ended up with a breakaway as he got out of the penalty box but was stopped by Morris. Morris made another eight saves in the third period to maintain the shutout, and Notre Dame held on for the win. With the win, Notre Dame swept Michigan State in the Big Ten quarterfinals and now advances to the semifinals next weekend.
ND - Pierce Crawford (2) at 2:01 in the 1st, assisted by Jack Jenkins
ND - Graham Slaggert (3) at 10:38 in the 2nd, assisted by Cal Burke
ND - Cale Morris stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout win
MSU - John Lethemon made 21 saves on 23 shots in the loss
ND - Jack Jenkins, 2 for holding at 13:45 in the 1st
MSU - Jerad Rosburg, 2 for hooking at 18:50 in the 1st
MSU - Butrus Ghafari, 2 elbowing at 20:00 in the 1st
MSU - Patrick Khodorenko, 2 for interference at 2:50 in the 2nd
ND - Andrew Peeke, 2 for elbowing at 9:14 in the 2nd
MSU - Zach Osburn, 2 for slashing at 13:26 in the 3rd
With the win Notre Dame now advances to the Big Ten semifinal. Notre Dame will host the Minnesota Golden Gophers at home at Compton Family Ice Arena next Saturday March 16.