Feb. 9, 2018
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 6 ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to No. 1 ranked Notre Dame, 2-1, Friday in Compton Family Ice Arena in a Big Ten Conference game.
The teams will close the weekend series at 7 p.m. Saturday in South Bend, with the game streamed on NBCSports.com. Ohio State is now 18-7-4 overall and 11-7-1-0 in the Big Ten, standing in second place. Notre Dame clinched the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament with the victory.
Notre Dame 2, Ohio State 1 – The Short Story
Notre Dame scored the only goal of the first period. The Buckeyes tied the game at 6:52 of the second with a power play goal by Kevin Miller, but the Irish responded less than three minutes later with the goal standing as the eventual gamewinner. Neither team scored in the third, with each squad putting 11 shots on net.
Ohio State was 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in the game, including two 5-on-3 stops, while goalie Sean Romeo made 27 saves for the Buckeyes.
Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik
“That’s a good hockey team. We had our chances. It could have gone either way. We just didn’t capitalize on a couple of those power plays late. But our penalty kill kept us in the game. It stood tall and gave us a chance.”
Quoting senior forward Kevin Miller
“I thought we played pretty well for the most part, but we need to capitalize on more of our scoring chances and stay out of the box in order to have success tomorrow.”
In the First Period
The Irish opened the scoring, as Andrew Olgevie finished a play with Dylan Malmquist, scoring on a cross-crease pass at 12:49. Shots were 10-7 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period, including 7-1 early. Notre Dame had one power play chance, while a chance for the Buckeyes started with five seconds left in the stanza.
In the Second Period
Each team scored once in the second. The Buckeyes tied the game at 6:52, converting on the power play. John Wiitala took a pass from Gordi Myer and drove down the left side. He found Kevin Miller crashing the net and he tallied his fourth goal of the season. The Irish went back ahead when Jordan Gross got to a loose puck after a scramble around the Buckeye net, scoring at 9:36.
Each team had 11 shots in the period. Late in the period the Buckeyes killed off two power plays, including 50 seconds of a 5-on-3 chance for the Irish.
In the Third Period
There was no scoring in the third, with each team putting 11 shots on net. Ohio State killed three Notre Dame power plays in the stanza, including 25 seconds of a 5-on-3. Ohio State had one power play chance but could not convert.
The Buckeyes pulled their goalie with a little more than two minutes remaining, but were unable to get the equalizer.
Blocking the Puck
Ohio State put 32 shots on net in the game, with the Irish getting 29 through. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo had 27 saves in 57:06 and now has a 2.15 goals-against average and .922 save percentage on the year. Cale Morris had 31 stops in all 60 minutes for the Irish.
Ohio State blocked 11 shots, led by Gordi Myers with four and John Wiitala with three.
The Buckeye penalty kill was a season-high 6-for-6 in the game, including two separate extended 5-on-3 kills. On the year, Ohio State is 100-for-110, leading the NCAA at 90.9 percent.
Ohio State was 1-for-4 with the man advantage vs. the Irish. The team improves to 28-for-119 (.235) on the year, with a power play tally in nine of the last 10 games, and ranks in the Top 10 in the NCAA.