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Notre Dame Hockey: Irish take 4-3 OT Loss to Michigan State

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The Irish continue to deal with a shaky structure on the power play.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the Michigan State Spartans Sunday at Compton Family Ice Arena to close out a two-game series. Following Saturday’s tie, but dealing with the same power play struggles as the previous night, the Irish fell to the Spartans 4-3 in overtime.

First Period

The Irish set the tone in a hurry with a goal from Graham Slaggert about a minute into the first period of play. However, the Spartans were quick to react with a tying but initially disputed score from Charlie Combs about two minutes later. Penalty after penalty came in the following minutes of the period, but both squads failed to capitalize on the power play opportunities. At the end of the first, the Irish had outshot the Spartans 15-4.

Second Period

The Irish continued to outshoot the Spartans into the next period of play, but it was Michigan State that snatched the lead early in the second with a goal from Mitch Lewandowski to bring the game to 2-1 Spartans.

Third Period

The Irish headed into the third with some new momentum and a goal from Grant Silianoff to bring the standing to a 2-2 tie. About five minutes later, Notre Dame’s Michael Graham scored his second goal of the season to grab the 3-2 lead for the Irish. It looked like the Irish had locked it in until Michigan State’s Tommy Apap scored to tie the game 3-3 with less than 25 seconds left in regulation.

Overtime

The game headed to 3 on 3 play and it was Tommy Miller who ended it with a goal for the Spartans to close the game with a 4-3 Michigan State score.

Game Summary

Scoring

Notre Dame: Graham Slaggert at 01:13 in the 1st with assists from Alex Steeves and Trevor Janicke

Michigan State: Charlie Combs at 03:26 in the 1st with assists from Josh Nodler and Powell Connor

Michigan State: Mitch Lewandowski at 04:48 in the 1st with assists from Nico Muller and Dennis Cesana

Notre Dame: Grant Silianoff at 04:45 in the 3rd with assists from Michael Graham and Spencer Stastney

Notre Dame: Michael Graham at 09:37 in the 3rd with assists from Jesse Lansdell and Charlie Raith

Michigan State: Tommy Apap at 19:38 in the 3rd with assists from Josh Nodler and Tommy Miller

Michigan State: Tommy Miller at 01:26 in OT with an assist from Nico Muller

Penalties

Michigan State: Jagger Joshua for roughing at 07:54 in the 1st

Notre Dame: Alex Steeves for roughing at 07:54 in the 1st

Michigan State: Cole Krygier for checking from behind at 08:23 in the 1st, 5-minute major, game misconduct

Notre Dame: Graham Slaggert for slashing at 13:18 in the 1st

Michigan State: Mitch Lewandowski for tripping at 13:32 in the 1st

Michigan State: Team for too many men on the ice at 16:45 in the 1st

Michigan State: Dennis Cesana for tripping at 18:34 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Nate Clurman for holding at 14:24 in the 3rd

Goalies

Notre Dame: Ryan Bischel, 24 saves

Michigan State: Drew DeRidder, 42 saves

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