Michigan State seemed to use up all their goals Friday night at home against No. 7 Ohio State. Winning that game 6-3, the Spartans could only muster one the next night in a 5-1 loss.
Freshman Jim McKenzie posted a hat trick Friday night and Colton Fretter, Ethan Graham and captain Jim Slater added to the barrage. Dominic Vicari made 34 saves for the win.
"For two periods, I thought it was very intense, very tight," said MSU head coach Rick Comley. "I thought we played very well. I had a feeling going in that we matched up well five-on-five. It was just going to be a question of special teams. Our power play got some goals early and we killed a couple of penalties. We got a nice lead that we didn't give up."
But Saturday, Slater's power-play goal early in the second period was all for the Spartans (14-14-4, 9-12-3 CCHA). Vicari stopped 31 shots.
"Our pride is about the only thing that is hurting right now," said Slater. "When you beat a team like we did last night then come back tonight and get beat by four, it hurts. But at the same time, they are a real good team."
Up next for the Spartans is a home-and-home series with Bowling Green this Friday and Saturday. MSU will travel to Bowling Green on Friday and will return to face the Falcons in East Lansing on Saturday at 7:35 p.m.