It had been 57 days since junior forward Josh Nolder last put a puck in the net. It had also been 98 days since Nodler last picked up an assist.
For a centerman who was a breakout candidate and got off to a solid start to the season, the monkey wasn’t just on his back. It was attached like a vice on the back of his sweater.
Nodler’s two-point night eradicated his horrendous offensive slump, but it still wasn’t nearly enough as Michigan State fell 5-3 to Penn State, extending its miserable losing streak to an astonishing 13 games.
On its second power play of the opening period, Michigan State moved the puck well and threatened Notre Dame sophomore goaltender Liam Souliere. Junior forward Erik Middendorf was denied on his initial attempt on the doorstep, corralled his own miss and slid the puck across the crease to…