The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Michigan State Spartans took it to South Bend ice Friday following the recent Irish sweep of the Michigan Wolverines. However, the Spartans dealt a blow to the Irish confidence in the form of a 3-1 victory.
The Spartans took control early on and Michigan State’s Tommy Apap put his team on the board with the first goal of the game. After 20 minutes, the two teams matched with 12 shots on goal each and took the tension into the second period.
The Irish wasted no time heading into the next period and Colin Theisen scored Notre Dame’s first goal of the game to tie it 1-1. However, the Spartans were quick to react and Dennis Cesana scored to bring the game to 2-1 Michigan State. Later on, the Spartans followed up with a goal from Logan Lambdin to give Michigan State a 3-1 lead.
The Irish upped the aggression on offense and outshot the Spartans 14-6 in the third. Notre Dame pulled goaltender Cale Morris, but it was not enough, and the Spartans claimed a 3-1 W.
Michigan State: Tommy Apap at 13:43 in the 1st with assists from Butrus Ghafari and Austin Kamer
Notre Dame: Colin Theisen at 01:23 in the 2nd with assists from Mike O’Leary and Spencer Stastney
Michigan State: Dennis Cesana at 05:53 in the 2nd with assists from Logan Lambdin and Jerad Rosburg
Michigan State: Logan Lambdin at 15:16 in the 2nd with assist from Josh Nodler
Notre Dame: Colin Theisen for interference at 07:53 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Nick Leivermann for cross-checking at 19:01 in the 1st
Michigan State: Logan Lambdin for elbowing at 10:53 in the 2nd
Michigan State: Dennis Cesana for hooking at 09:56 in the 3rd
Michigan State: Jerad Rosburg for hooking at 15:12 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Cale Morris, 26 saves
Michigan State: John Lethemon, 40 saves
The Irish and Spartans will meet again Saturday at 6 p.m. ET in South Bend. To catch the game on television, head to NBC Sports Philadelphia+ or stream online with the NBC Sports app.
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