COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team was defeated by No. 8 Notre Dame, 4-1, Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (13-10-2, 8-8-2-2 CCHA) and Irish (16-9-3, 13-6-1-1 CCHA) end the weekend with a split after a 6-1 Ohio State victory Friday.
The Irish opened the scoring with just 22 seconds remaining in the first period and extended the lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal 1:28 into the second stanza. Sims responded 1:04 later with a power-play goal of his own, but Notre Dame regained the two-goal edge at 4:35, just 2:03 after Sims’ tally. The final goal came at 15:56 of the third.
The Buckeyes will return to action with two games at Alaska next weekend, facing off at 11:05 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday. The next home series is Feb. 4-5 when the Buckeyes host Michigan State in Value City Arena.
The Irish netted the only goal of the opening 20 minutes with just 22 seconds left in the stanza. With the teams skating 4-on-4 after matching hitting after the whistle penalties, Anders Lee’s shot on the rush down the right wing seemed to take an odd bounce and went in.
Notre Dame held a 4-1 lead after the second period. Just 1:28 into the period Lee added his second goal of the game, tallying on the power play. The Buckeyes answered 1:04 later to cut the lead to 2-1. With the Buckeyes on a 4-on-3 power play, Shane Sims’ shot from the point got through for his second goal of the year, with John Albert and Danny Dries on the assist. Notre Dame scored its second power-play goal of the night 2:03 later when Ben Ryan redirected a Ryan Guentzel shot from the slot. The fourth goal of the period came from David Geths at 15:56. The teams combined for 29 shots in the period, with Ohio State putting 16 on net.
Neither team scored in the third, with Cal Heeter making nine saves for Ohio State and Mike Johnson stopping eight for the Irish. The teams had five power-play chances in the stanza; Ohio State was 0-for-3 and Notre Dame was 0-for-2.
Ohio State was outshot, 36-30, in the game. Heeter played 59:51 and had 32 saves. Johson saw 59:56 between the pipes and had 29 stops.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-5 on the power play, with Notre Dame 2-for-6.
The game is scheduled to be replayed on Big Ten Network at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday as part of its StudentU programming.
Heeter leads the country in minutes played (1497:11) and is second with 666 saves.
Albert is first on the team with 26 points and shares the team assist lead with Sims with 15 each. Sims leads the blueliners and is fifth on the team with 17 points.
The game was just the third time in the last nine games Ohio State allowed more than four goals. Notre Dame is third nationally in scoring.
Dries, who played defense for much of the weekend, is third on the team with 23 points, including 13 goals.
Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach
On Notre Dame’s first period goal in the last minute
“There was a huge deflation after that goal went in. The breaks we got last night went Notre Dame’s way tonight.”
On the play of goalie Cal Heeter
“We didn’t protect Cal [Heeter] well enough tonight, so I don’t blame him for the goals. We need to play better defense than we did tonight if we want to have success.”
John Albert, Ohio State forward
On tonight’s game
“It was fair. We didn’t play for the full 60 minutes. We took last night’s win and maybe celebrated too much, but when we watched the video we really didn’t play as well as we thought.”
On Notre Dame’s first goal of the night
“Obviously they got a good bounce. It’s tough when it’s late in the period and we were playing pretty well.”
Shane Sims, Ohio State defenseman
On tonight’s game
“I thought we set ourselves up good for tonight, but we let ourselves down. It’s always tough when you score and you’re still down 4-1.”
Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame head coach
On what he learned about his team
“I learned we’ve got some good leadership. Our seniors did a great job of getting our guys focused for this game. On the road against a good team, you need that type of leadership.”
On his team’s confidence
“Our confidence as a team this year hasn’t been a problem – the confidence of some individuals has been the issue. We’ve had some tough breaks and bounces over the past few weeks, but hopefully those guys took something from this game and will use the win to get themselves back on track.”
On closing the game out in the third
“Winning the third period is an objective every game. We were a little shaky out of the gate, but we were able to regroup and finish the game off well.”
Ben Ryan, Notre Dame senior forward
On his goal in the second period that put Notre Dame up 3-1
“It was a lot like Ohio State’s goal last night [that put the Buckeyes up 3-1] but in our favor. Up 2-1, we knew the next goal was important. It really took the crowd out of the game.”
On the 6-1 loss to 4-1 win turnaround
“I thought both games were pretty even, regardless of the scores – that’s just how hockey goes sometimes. We had a bit of a third period letdown yesterday, but we were more levelheaded tonight which I think made a big difference.”