Notre Dame Hockey: Irish Blank Michigan State 2-0 in East Lansing
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish traveled to East Lansing to face the Michigan State Spartans for their final regular season street series. Jeff Jackson’s squad seemed to be on its feet again after the 1-1 draw last weekend. He currently ranks third in the Big Ten with the Michigan Wolverines. The Irish and Spartans met last December in a series that included a draw and a 4-3 win in Michigan state overtime.
Having played all season, the top line for Notre Dame put a lot of pressure on their opponents in the first half. Against the netminder Pierce Charleson, who made his first college start, the Irish shot the Spartans 8: 6 in the first frame, but the game remained goalless during the break.
Notre Dame opened the gate five minutes into the second round when a shot from Landon Slaggert went off Charleson’s heel for the sixth time of the season. The goal linked Landon with older brother Graham for the team’s second highest scoring this season.
The first power play of the evening came when Spartan striker Kyle Haskins tripped shortly after the first goal of the evening against Matt Hellickson. Despite four shots from Notre Dame, the state of Michigan was able to kill the sentence. The Spartans, whose power play comes last in the Big Ten, could not use a manpower advantage of their own after Matt Hellickson was asked to detain Jagger Joshua.
Power play battles for both teams continued as each side tied a penalty within the first five minutes of the closing stages. Near the middle, Mitchell Lewandowski hit the blocker side of Dylan St. Cyr to find the back of the net. However, the game was reviewed and it was found that the Spartans were offside, negating the goal.
An insurance goal came when Alex Steeves buried one for his team-leading 14th of the season. The Hobey Baker finalist earned at least one point in 18 of Notre Dame’s 25 competitions. Despite 27 shots from Michigan, Dylan St. Cyr secured the shutout when the Irish played the first game in the series.
Notre Dame: Landon Slaggert at 4:31 a.m. on the 2nd, assisted by Matt Hellickson and Nick Leivermann
Notre Dame: Alex Steeves at 11:24 am on the 3rd, assisted by Landon Slaggert and Matt Hellickson
Michigan State: Kyle Haskins, 2 for tripping at 6:51 am on the 2nd.
Notre Dame: Matt Hellickson, 2 for holding at 1:47 pm on the 2nd.
Michigan State: Tommy Apap, 2 for hooking at 1:12 am on the 3rd.
Notre Dame: Max Ellis, 2 for holding at 4:11 am on the 3rd.
Notre Dame: Dylan St. Cyr (W) saved 27 of 27 shots
Michigan State: Pierce Charleson (L) saved 31 of 33 shots
The Irish and Spartans close their regular season on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The game can be streamed on BTNPlus.com and the BTN + app.