The Michigan State Spartans got a shutout against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday to split the weekend series in East Lansing following their 5-1 loss Saturday. MSU saw junior goalie Drew DeRidder made 28 saves to keep the Buckeyes off the scoreboard while seniors Brody Stevens and Tommy Apap each had a goal and assist to lead the Spartans to victory.
Apap put MSU in the driver’s seat early with a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. He got help setting up the goal with senior forward Gianluca Esteves and Stevens. Stevens brought the puck up the ice before making the pass to Esteves who was positioned on the right side of the ice at the Ohio State blue line. Esteves caught Apap streaking through the gap and dished a perfect pass to him. Apap didn’t rush it, though, and proceeded to put the puck right into the top left of the goal for his third score of the season.
The Buckeyes and Spartans both failed to score on power plays in the second period.
The final score of the game came with 11:22 to go as Stevens got a put-back to extend the lead. Apap passed it off to freshman defenseman Aiden Gallacher who made a shot on goal from right point, but it bounced off a Buckeye player. However, Stevens caught the ricochet left of the crease and sailed the puck into the net past Ohio State goaltender Tommy Nappier.
This came just a minute after DeRidder kept Ohio State at bay on a two-on-zero break as Matt Cassidy and Austin Pooley tried to tie it up for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State made the decision to pull Nappier with just over three minutes remaining, and even ended up with a six-on-four advantage following a Spartan penalty with 1:02 to go. However, DeRidder and MSU held them at bay to escape with their second shutout of the season.
The Spartans held a 35-28 shots on goal advantage in this one, and both teams went zero-for-five on power plays. The Spartans return to the rink next weekend to close out the month with a trip to Wisconsin. Games are set for Friday at 8 p.m. EST on Fox Sports Detroit and Saturday at 4 p.m. EST on Fox Sports Detroit +.