Feb. 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A five-goal second period – including four power-play tallies – lifted the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 6-3 win over No. 9/11 Notre Dame Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes, now 11-11-5 and 10-6-3-1 in the CCHA to stand in a tie for fourth place, and Irish (16-11-0, 12-7-0-0 CCHA) will close the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
After trailing 1-0 following the first period, Ohio State scored three goals in a 2:03 span while on a major power play to take a 3-1 lead just 3:12 into the second period. The Irish responded with two goals in a 54-second span to deadlock the game at 3. The Buckeyes then broke the tie with a goal at 16:05 of the period and regained their two-goal advantage 1:46 later with a power play score. The final goal was an empty-net tally in the final minute of regulation to seal the win.
Sophomore Nick Oddo led Ohio State with three points on a goal and two assists, while classmate Ryan Dzingel scored twice. Junior Curtis Gedig had two assists and junior Alex Szczechura, sophomore Justin DaSilva and freshman Anthony Greco each had a goal and an assist for a two-point night. Buckeye goalie Brady Hjelle had 29 saves in the victory.
The Irish led 1-0 after the opening period on a Mario Lucia power play goal at 12:31. Shots were 13-8 in favor of Notre Dame in the period. The Irish had two power play chances, with Ohio State scoreless on one chance.
The teams combined for seven second-period goals, with Ohio State leading 5-3 after the stanza. The Buckeyes started the period with a short 5-on-3 advantage which continued with nearly all of a five-minute major. At 1:09 Oddo tied the game at 1 with a goal on the rebound of a shot by Greco, with Szczechura picking up the second assist. Dzingel gave Ohio State its first lead of the game at 2:45, scoring on a 2-on-1 with Oddo. Senior Devon Krogh had the second assist after starting the play up ice following a shorthanded chance for the Irish. Just 27 seconds later Ohio State took a 3-1 lead when Szczechura tallied, assisted by Oddo and Gedig. Notre Dame’s Kevin Lind scored a 4-on-4 goal at 7:02 to make it a one-goal game and 54 seconds later Bryan Rust scored from right in front on the power play to deadlock the score.
At 16:05 Greco’s shot trickled through to put Ohio State back ahead (4-3), assisted by Gedig and DaSilva. Dzingel followed 1:46 later with a goal, converting a pass from sophomore Max McCormick out from behind the net just 14 seconds after a power play had started. Ohio State outshot Notre Dame, 17-7, in the period. Notre Dame had two power play chances in the period and Ohio State was 4-for-7.
The lone goal of the third period came with just 58 seconds left when DaSilva’s lifted the puck to clear the Ohio State zone and it traveled down the ice and into the empty Irish net for his first career goal. Hjelle had 12 saves in the period, with Ohio State putting eight shots on net.
Ohio State outshot Notre Dame, 33-32, in the contest. Hjelle played all 60 minutes and had 29 saves. Steven Summerhays started the game for the Irish and had 20 saves in 40 minutes, allowing five goals. Mike Johnson played 19:10 of the third period and made seven stops.
The Buckeyes were 4-for-9 on the power play in the game, with the Irish 2-for-5.
The game Saturday is the third-annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal (wrapped in a plastic bag) to toss on the ice AFTER THE SECOND PERIOD (note the change from year’s past, which will allow time for the ice to be cleared without delaying the game). The stuffed animals will be collected and donated to the Ronald McDonald House.
• Oddo’s three points were a career high and marked his third career multiple-point outing. It was his first two-helper night as a Buckeye. He now has a 1-4-5 line this season.
• Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with 12 goals and a career-high 25 points and is on a five-game point streak with three goals, five assists and eight points in the last five games combined. It was his second multiple-goal game this year after a hat trick vs. Penn State.
• Fritz’s assist extended his point streak to seven games, with two goals, six assists and eight points in the stretch. He is second on the team with 21 points, including a team-best 16 assists.
• Gedig had his fourth-career two-assist game, and sixth career two-point outing, but first of the season. He is on a four-game point streak (2g, 3a, 5p) and leads the Buckeye defensemen with nine points, including seven assists.
• McCormick has points in each of the last four, and six of the last seven, games, with two goals, four assists and six points over the stretch. He is third on the squad with 16 points and ranks second with eight goals.
• DaSilva’s goal was the first of his career and came in his 51st game. It was the first multiple-point night of his career.
• Szczechura has back-to-back two-point games and five points in his last three games combined (3g, 2a). He is fourth on the team with 14 points and third with six goals.
• Greco had his second-consecutive two-point game and the third of his career. He has a point in five of six games since returning from injury (3g, 3a, 6p).
• Hjelle is fifth in the NCAA with a 1.67 goals-against average and ranks fourth with a .944 save percentage.
• The Buckeyes have scored six goals in back-to-back games and are now averaging 2.30 goals a game. The 12 goals in back-to-back games are the most since scoring 12 in a two-game sweep at Bowling Green Jan. 9-10, 2009.
• Ohio State had five goals in a period for the second game in a row after scoring five in the first period vs. Lake Superior State last Saturday.
• Ohio State’s four power-play goals were a season high and just the third game with multiple power-play tallies this year.
• Notre Dame’s first-period power play goal ended the Buckeyes’ streak of penalties killed at 17 and was the first PPG allowed since Dec. 29 vs. Penn State (a streak of six games).
• Ohio State is sixth in the NCAA, allowing 2.15 goals a game.
• Ohio State last scored four power play goals Oct. 28, 2011 vs. Alaska, going 4-for-7 vs. the Nanooks.
Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach
On team’s chemistry
“When you have guys that are constantly together and understand their positions, you get good chemistry and that’s what was out there tonight.”
On the third period
“I liked our team in the third period, we were stingy, we knew how to protect a two-goal lead and we did a good job overall.”
Nick Oddo, Ohio State sophomore forward
On missing the first half of the season
“It’s a good feeling to get back in the swing of things. It’s my third week back and I have a lot of energy and I am really enjoying it.”
Ryan Dzingel, Ohio State sophomore forward
On scoring his first goal of the game
“Puck movement was great today, and I was just in the right place at the right time. My teammates did a good job of finding me.”
On playing a close game
“Coach tells us not to stay high and tonight we did a good job playing our game and keeping our cool. We kept working and we won.”
On the team overall
“The group of guys we have in the locker room is great right now. We are really enjoying getting on the ice together. “
Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame head coach
On the major penalty
“A major penalty just takes you right off your game. It shortens the bench sure, but I was disappointed with our penalty kill tonight.”
On the second-period timeout
“We needed to refocus. We were playing too sloppy in front of our own net and some of our defensemen just needed a breather, they spent a lot of time on penalty kills.”
On penalty minutes
“We were one of the least penalized teams in the league. We need to adjust to the way the refs are calling the game because you aren’t going to win a lot of hockey games with 25 minutes of penalties.”
On Ohio State’s play
“They moved the puck around and played well, capitalized on some of our mistakes.”