Michigan State dropped a heartbreaker in Columbus last night as Ohio State scored two third-period goals for a 3-2 win.
With the loss, the Spartans dropped to 5-4-2 overall and 2-3-2 in CCHA action.
"Midweek games are difficult and you can see it has taken its toll on the team, but we have to continue to battle," MSU head coach Rick Comley said. "I really like what I see in this team, but we need to start coming away with wins."
Justin Abdelkader (power-play) and Jim McKenzie scored 14 seconds apart in the second period for MSU's only offense. Goaltender Dominic Vicari (pictured) made 32 saves in the loss.
Andrew Schembri scored both OSU third-period goals and Tom Fritsche added the other that originally gave the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. Dave Caruso stopped 14 shots as OSU held the Spartans to a season-low 16 shots on goal.
Michigan State returns to action on Friday at home against Western Michigan at 7:00 p.m. The home-and-home series concludes Saturday at WMU's Lawson Ice Arena with faceoff scheduled for 7:35 p.m.