MSU Drops Big Ten Opener At No. 12 Notre Dame

South Bend, Ind. – Michigan State lost 5-0 to No. 12 Notre Dame on the road on Friday in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The Spartans trailed 2-0 after a pair of odd-man rushes and 3-0 after two after the first period, equaling the biggest deficit of the season. However, there was no magic in the third period on Friday night for MSU, which was defeated in the third period by a 14-8 margin and a 33-30 lead overall in the game. Ryder Rolston and Chayse Primeau each had a goal and two assists for Notre Dame (4-2-1 overall, 1-0 Big Ten), while Ryan Bischel made 30 saves. Dylan St. Cyr made a season-best 28 saves on the night for MSU (4-3-0, 0-1 B1G) when MSU failed to score for the first time this season. The two teams will complete the series on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

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MSU conceded no power play goal to the Irish in two chances, and extended its streak to 11 consecutive successful kills across three-plus games dating back to the second game of the UMass series – Lowell. The Spartans killed a big penalty in the third. MSU was 0-for-4 on the power play after scoring four power play goals in seven chances in the final game against LIU. The Spartans had their sixth game in seven attempts this season with more than 30 shots on the net. Notre Dame had an opponent season-high 33 shots on the net. The 5-0 score is the largest margin between the two teams since a 5-0 victory at Notre Dame on March 27, 2009. The last 15 encounters between the teams had not been settled by more than two goals, and that section included six overtime matches. Dylan St. Cyr made a season best 28 saves. First period: The first blow came from Notre Dame, coming from a 3-on-2 break with Ryder Rolston carrying the puck on the right. He managed to knock a stick away from the defender before shoving a cross-slot pass to Justin Janicke on the left, and he had just enough to deposit his second of the season. MSU appeared to have an equalizer after 10 minutes, but hit the post. In the waning minutes of the period, Rolston broke into the zone, went around the defense and shot an open look at St Cyr and knocked him over the glove shoulder to double Ireland’s lead at 17:35. MSU defeated the Irish 11-10 in the period, but still trailed 2-0 en route to the locker room.

Second period: Notre Dame came out and put another on the board early in the second, with Nick Lieverman pulling the puck through traffic from the high slot to make it a 3-0 game at 2:27 to equal MSU’s biggest deficit of the season. . The Spartans stuck to their game and held an 11-9 lead in shots, but were unable to resolve Bischel.

Third period: The Irish scored another striker early in the third, with Chayse Primeau picking up the score on the right doorstep from a backdoor feed from Rolston, the third point of the night for both players. A huge five-minute penalty against Jagger Joshua gave Notre Dame an extensive man advantage, but the Spartans limited the Irish to just two shots at the net as they extinguished the power play. When Jagger was released from the penalty area, a nice pass over the mouth of Ryan Helliwell enabled Hunter Strand to tap in a goal to make it 5-0. MSU had just eight shots compared to 11 in each of the first two frames, while the Irish gave 14 on a game-best.

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