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COLUMBUS, Oho The No. 15 Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to second-ranked Notre Dame in overtime, 4-3, Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes went ahead on a Zac Dalpe goal at 17:05 of the third period, but Notre Dame converted twice on a major power play, with the tying goal coming 6-on-4 with no time on the clock in the third period and Calle Ridderwall scoring the gamewinner 49 seconds into overtime.

Ohio State falls to 17-9-3 on the year and is 10-8-3-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Irish improve to 21-4-3 and 15-3-3-3 in league play. 

The teams were tied at 1 at the end of the first period. Notre Dame’s Ian Cole opened the scoring 4:59 into the game, as his snap shot got through high, assisted by Kevin Deeth and Ridderwall. Buckeye senior Corey Elkins tied the game at 8:47. Ian Boots picked the puck up along the half-wall and passed to Elkins in the slot, who redirected it for his 11th goal of the year. Each team put six shots on net in the period and no penalties were called.

In the second, Sergio Somma scored the only goal at 1:15. An Irish defender sent the puck behind the net and Somma and Peter Boyd worked to win the battle with the Notre Dame player. Somma skated out with it and beat ND goalie Jordan Pearce for his ninth goal of the year. Ohio State had eight shots on net, with two coming on its lone power-play chance. Notre Dame had four shots, with one on its only power-play chance.

The Irish tied the game at 8:50 of the third on an Erik Condra power-play goal that trickled over the goal line after a scramble in front of the net. The Buckeyes again pulled ahead at 17:05. Taylor Stefishen got the puck to John Albert down low and he passed up to Dalpe at the right circle. His shot found the back of the net for his team-best 13th goal of the year. At 17:49 of the period Boots was assessed a major and game disqualification for spearing, giving the Irish a 5-minute power play. Notre Dame pulled its goalie with 1:04 remaining for a two-man advantage. The Buckeyes almost survived and escaped with the win, but Erik Condra scored from the bottom of the left circle to tie the game as time expired, sending it to overtime. The Buckeyes were outshot in the period, 12-6. Notre Dame converted two power-play chances, with the third (resulting from the major) carrying into overtime.

The Irish wasted little time in the extra period as Ridderwall’s goal went in from a sharp angle, Notre Dame’s third power-play tally of the night. It was the only shot either team took during the overtime.

For the game, Notre Dame outshot Ohio State, 23-20. Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson made 19 saves in 60:49. ND goalie Jordan Pearce had 17 stops in 59:13.

The Irish converted 3-of-5 power-play chances in the game. Ohio State was unable to score on two opportunities.

Postgame Notes
Ohio State now is 2-1-2 in overtime this season. It was the first overtime loss since Jan. 26, 2008 at Lake Superior State.

Albert now has a team-best 30 points this year, including 21 assists. He is on a four-game scoring streak (1-4-5) and has 51 career points.

Dalpe has a goal in four of his last six games and a point in five of the last six.

Ohio State’s 20 shots were the lowest since they had just 17 on net vs. Robert Morris Nov. 14.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the emotions after the game
“Well, it was a selfish penalty that cost us the game. I haven’t talked to the team yet but they’ll take care of it in the dressing room. We played a great game 5-on-5 today but it’s the penalties that hurt us.”

On the team’s effort after playing at Alaska last weekend
“I thought at the end of the second period and the start of the third it started looking like we had some residue in our legs from that long trip.”

Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame head coach
On the game
“It was right to the buzzer. Give credit to out kids because that was the first time we have been in that situation, playing 6-on-4. Being able to score gave us the momentum in overtime. It does come down to experience – we have a lot of seniors and juniors while Ohio State has mainly sophomores and freshmen.”

On the second period
“I though Ohio State outcompeted us and won more pucks off the board so I told our guys we needed to match that.”

On Notre Dame
“With three injuries, we were playing with a short bench in the third and our lines were broken up but our kids did a great job, getting pucks to the net and creating traffic.”

Erik Condra, Notre Dame senior forward
On his game-tying goal
“We were trying to get a shot on net and since Ohio State was blocking a lot of shots, we knew we had to get in deep. The puck just bounced to my stick and it went in.”

Sergio Somma, Ohio State sophomore forward
On the loss
“We’re disappointed. We thought we had them. It wasn’t our best effort, but we played a good game. There were points in the game they dictated.”

On being accountable
“We hold ourselves accountable. It’s more of players holding each other accountable rather than from coach to player. Everyone is buying into what we need to be a good team. It’s more fun when you’re playing together and winning.”

On the matchup Sunday
“They are the second-ranked team in the country and we had the lead with two minutes to go. Tomorrow we’ll watch video and take the positives out of the game.”

Zac Dalpe, Ohio State freshman forward
On the team after the game
“It was silence. Everyone was speechless. Tomorrow is a new day and tonight just wasn’t our night. At times the game got away from us. It was a good effort and we can draw some positives from the loss.”

On returning after an injury
“It felt good. It took a minute to get my lungs back. I kept it simple. My linemates helped me. It was an emotional loss, but Sunday we’ll come out ready to play.”

On the crowd
“I’ve been here for a year and it was the largest crowd I’ve ever seen. It helps. They definitely get the blood pumping. “

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#2 Notre Dame vs #15 Ohio State (Feb 06, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Notre Dame (21-4-3/15-3-3-3 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (17-9-3/10-8-3-3 CCHA)
 Date: Feb 06, 2009  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:6571   Start time:8:05 pm   End time:10:23 pm  Total time:2:18   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 OT Total
 Notre Dame 1 0 2 1 4
 Ohio State 1 1 1 0 3
 
   1st period – 1, ND, Ian Cole/4 (Kevin Deeth/18, Calle
Ridderwall/15) 4:59. 2, OSU, Corey Elkins/11 (Ian Boots/13) 8:47.
Penalties –

   2nd period – 3, OSU, Sergio Somma/9 (Peter Boyd/16) 1:15. Penalties
– Ryan Thang, ND (hooking) 1:45; C.J. Severyn, OSU (cth elbowing)
13:57.

   3rd period – 4, ND, Erik Condra/7 (Ben Ryan/8, Ian Cole/11) 8:50
(pp). 5, OSU, Zac Dalpe/13 (John Albert/21, Taylor Stefishen/4) 17:05.
6, ND, Erik Condra/7 (Billy Maday/11, Ian Cole/11) 19:59 (pp).
Penalties – Matt Bartkowski, OSU (hooking) 7:15; Dan Kissel, ND (cth
high-sticking) 10:16; Mathieu Picard, OSU (boarding) 13:46; Ian Boots,
OSU (spearing) 17:49; Ian Boots, OSU (disqualification) 17:49.

   OT period – 7, ND, Calle Ridderwall/12 (Kevin Deeth/19, Brett
Blatchford/19) :49 (pp). Penalties –

   Shots on goal – ND 6-4-12-1 23; OSU 6-8-6-0 20.

   Power plays – ND 3 of 5; OSU 0 of 2.

   Penalties – ND 2 (4 min); OSU 5 (21 min).

   Goalies – ND, Jordan Pearce 20-4-3 (59:13 minutes, 20 shots-17
saves) , EMPTY NET (01:36, 0-0); OSU, Dustin Carlson 15-6-2 (60:49,
23-19).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-6571  T-2:18   
 Three stars: 1. Erik Condra    2. Ian Cole    3. Zac Dalpe   
 Ref: Matt Shegos; Mark Wilkins   Line: TJ Likens; Brian Frerichs
 Win-Jordan Pearce (20-4-3).  Loss-Dustin Carlson (15-6-2).