The Spartans lost their fourth straight despite solid efforts from sophomore Brent Darnell and freshman netminder Jake Hildebrand.
Sophomore forward Brent Darnell scored both goals for the Michigan State hockey team in a 3-2 loss to No. 4 Notre Dame on Friday in South Bend, Ind. The loss was the fourth straight for the Spartans (4-9-2).
Darnell scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season, tying the score at 1-1 early in the second period on an assist from fellow sophomore Matt Berry. But the Irish (12-5-0) scored two power-play goals late the in the period to go up 3-1.
Darnell tallied another goal with just more than five minutes remaining the final frame on an assist from senior forward Kevin Walrod, but the Spartans were unable to bring on an extra skater following a boarding call with two minutes remaining.
Spartans freshman goalie Jake Hildebrand notched 36 saves, his second-highest total of the season, but he also allowed more than two goals for the first time.
Michigan State plays Notre Dame again Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.