The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team took to the road this weekend for a series with the Michigan State Spartans. Game one saw a lot of offense with 7 goals and over 90 total shots taken. Unfortunately it was the Spartans who came out on top in game one, winning 5-2.
Game Summary: Notre Dame 2 - Michigan State 5
The first period saw a lot of opportunity but no goals. The two teams combined for 38 shots but neither team was able to put one in the net. With only one penalty each special teams didn’t play a big part in the opening 20 minutes but the two goalies excelled to keep the game 0-0.
For as clean as the first period was, the second was not, with the first 5-on-5 action coming over 3 minutes into the period. The goals though all came at 5-on-5 with Michigan State breaking the deadlock 5 minutes into the period. Less than two minutes later Notre Dame answered to tie the game. Ryan Siedem took a shot from the point that was saved, but the puck was left loose in front of the net. A scrum ensued with a few Irish players taking shots at knocking the puck in before Grant Silianoff finally connected to tie the game.
The end of the second period saw Michigan State score again to take the lead back. Following that things got chippy between the two teams, with four unsportsmanlike conduct penalties handed out in the final 30 seconds.
With those unsportsmanlike penalties still being served, Michigan State scored 18 second in to extend their lead to 3-1. The offense quieted a bit from there until Notre Dame scored 8 minutes in on the power play to cut the lead to 1. Up a man the Irish passed the puck around the offensive zone looking for an opening on goal. Eventually the puck made it’s way to Cole Knuble at the left faceoff circle. He faked a shot and passed it to Hunter Strand in the slot who was able to quickly control it before firing it home for the second Irish goal.
Michigan State scored to restore the 2 goal lead on their own power play just a few minutes later. They added an empty net goal at the end of the period to put the game away.
MSU: Tiernan Shoudy (2) at 5:46 in the 2nd assisted by Tanner Kelly and Artyom Levshunov
ND: Grant Silianoff (3) at 7:05 in the 2nd assisted by Cole Knuble and Trevor Janicke
MSU: Joey Larson (9) at 11:22 in the 2nd assisted by Reed Lebster and Red Savage
MSU: Artyom Levshunov (5) 4-on-4 at );18 in the 3rd assisted by Nash Nienhuis
ND: Hunter Strand (2) on the PP at 8:22 in the 3rd assisted by Cole Knuble and Paul Fischer
MSU: Isaac Howard (5) on the PP at 11:43 in the 3rd assisted by Daniel Russell and Gavin O’Connell
MSU: Daniel Russell (7) on the EN at 17:34 in the 3rd assisted by Isaac Howard
MSU: Karsen Dowart 2 for boarding at 14:08 in the 1st
ND: Cole Knuble 2 for hooking at 18:25 in the 1st
ND: Zach Plucinski 2 for hooking at 0:21 in the 2nd
MSU: Nicolas Muller 2 for high sticking at 1:07 in the 2nd
MSU: Artyom Levshunov 2 for tripping at 8:24 in the 2nd
ND: Bench for too many players at 9:45 in the 2nd
ND: Cole Knuble 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct at 19:27 on the 2nd
MSU: David Gucciardi 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct at 19:27 in the 2nd
MSU: Patrick Geary 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct at 20:00 in the 2nd
ND: Paul Fischer 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct at 20:00 in the 2nd
MSU: Austin Oravetz 2 for hooking at 7:19 in the 3rd
ND: Jake Boltmann 2 for roughing at 11:24 in the 3rd
MSU: Artom Levshunov 2 for slashing at 18:55 in the 3rd
ND: Carter Slaggert 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct at 18:55 in the 3rd
ND: Ryan Bischel made 51 saves on 55 shots in the loss
MSU: Trey Augustine saved 35 of 37 shots faced for the win
Game two between the Irish and Spartans on Saturday night, 6pm ET. Notre Dame will be looking to salvage a split against the top team in the Big Ten.