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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Notre Dame: Ryan Bischel, 24 saves
Michigan State: Drew DeRidder, 42 saves
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