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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind two goals from senior Mathieu Picard, two assists from Patrick Schafer and a tally from sophomore Zac Dalpe, along with 34 saves from junior goalie Dustin Carlson, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (13-16-6) took a 3-1 victory over Notre Dame in game one of a best-of-three  CCHA playoff series Friday in the OSU Ice Rink. The teams will meet in game two at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. The game is sold out.

The teams were scoreless after the first period, with the Buckeyes outshooting the Irish, 9-8. There were three penalties called – Notre Dame was 0-for-2 on the power play (including a chance just 20 seconds into the game) and Ohio State was 0-for-1.

The Buckeyes opened the scoring 3:37 into the second period. Patrick Schafer carried the puck into the zone and threw it in front, where Picard was able to gather it and put it home for his third goal of the year. The Buckeyes were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in the period, including stopping a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:38 with less than three minutes to play in the stanza. Carlson had 14 saves in the period, as the Irish outshot the Buckeyes, 14-12.

Notre Dame tied the game 6:58 into the third when Richard Ryan scored. Buckeye freshman Alex Carlson blocked Ryan’s first shot but he was able to gather the rebound and score on the far side to knot the score at 1-all. Less than three minutes later Picard put the Buckeyes ahead again. Chris Reed pinched and kept the puck in the zone, putting a shot on net. Schafer was there for the rebound and he found Picard at the far post with the net empty in front of him. He was able to knock it in before ND goalie Mike Johnson could cover to make the score 2-1. At 15:54 Peter Boyd forced a turnover near the Buckeye blueline. Dalpe gathered the puck and skated in alone on Johnson (with three Irish players trailing him). His shot beat the goalie glove side for his team-best 20th goal of the year. The Buckeye defense again held strong, facing a 6-on-4 advantage for much of the final 1:50 after a tripping penalty and the net empty for the Irish. Carlson turned away 12 shots in the period, with Johnson facing seven shots.

The Buckeyes were outshot in the game, 35-28. Carlson had 34 saves (including 11 on the power play) in all 60 minutes. Johnson played 58:34 and had 25 stops.

Ohio State held Notre Dame scoreless on six power-play chances and was 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

Postgame Notes
Picard had the second two-goal game of his career and his first since Jan. 5, 2008 vs. Alaska. It was the 10th two-goal game for a Buckeye this year. It was his second two-point game of the year and the third of his career.

Schafer’s two assists were a career best. It was his second two-point night and his first since Jan. 9, 2009 at Bowling Green.

Carlson’s shutout streak ended at 111:58 when the Irish scored in the third period.

Dalpe has a team-best 20 goals and 38 points this season and is a team-high +13. He has a point in five of his last six games.

Boyd now has 24 assists and 30 points to rank first on the team in helpers and second in points.

Ohio State’s penalty kill is 10-for-10 in the last two games combined.

Ohio State 3, Notre Dame 1
March 5, 2010
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink
Attendance: 734

John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the hard-fought game
“We competed very hard as a team and I thought Notre Dame competed hard as well. We took care of some much needed opportunities, which got us the win tonight.”

On Mathieu Picard’s two goals
“It was nice to see him working hard and seeing a positive outcome. He has the experience and I hope he can continue with that. Tonight he was that ‘Buckeye.’ We will see who that ‘Buckeye’ is tomorrow, which could be Picard again. They can hopefully perform the way he did tonight.”

Zac Dalpe, sophomore forward
Responding with a goal to make the score 3-1
“When the game is 2-1, emotions are flying high. The game becomes more intense. It is nice to get that third goal just in order to get that insurance.”

On playing Notre Dame
“We knew coming into this game Notre Dame had big, mobile defensive guys. I think we were able to play against that well and played a good game. Hopefully, we can do it again tomorrow.”

Mathieu Picard, senior forward
On his two goals
“It was a good start to a good game. The playoffs are all about the gritty work and we were able to take care of that tonight. It was a good night and it adds a little more fun when you are able to score.”

Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame head coach
On the game
“It was a hard fought game. We fought well at times but not scoring on the 5-on-3 was big. We really needed to come back and have a response. They came back and I give them credit. “

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2009-10
Notre Dame vs Ohio State (Mar 05, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Notre Dame (13-16-8) vs. Ohio State (13-16-6)
 Date: Mar 05, 2010  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: OSU Ice Rink       
 Attendance:734   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:15 pm   Total time:2:10   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Notre Dame 0 0 1 1
 Ohio State 0 1 2 3
 
   1st period – Penalties – Patrick Schafer, OSU (cth roughing) :20;
Patrick Gaul, ND (cth roughing) 5:06; Peter Boyd, OSU (hooking) 6:38.

   2nd period – 1, OSU, Mathieu Picard/3 (Patrick Schafer/6) 3:37.
Penalties – Kyle Lawson, ND (interference) 7:04; Corey Toy, OSU
(boarding) 9:52; Chris Reed, OSU (cth high-sticking) 17:30; Corey Toy,
OSU (interference) 17:53.

   3rd period – 2, ND, Richard Ryan/1 (Ian Cole/14, Ryan Thang/15)
6:58. 3, OSU, Mathieu Picard/4 (Patrick Schafer/7, Chris Reed/4) 9:32.
4, OSU, Zac Dalpe/20 (Peter Boyd/24) 15:54. Penalties – Sean Duddy,
OSU (tripping) 18:10.

   Shots on goal – ND 8-14-13 35; OSU 9-12-7 28.

   Power plays – ND 0 of 6; OSU 0 of 2.

   Penalties – ND 2 (4 min); OSU 6 (12 min).

   Goalies – ND, Mike Johnson 10-12-5 (58:34 minutes, 28 shots-25
saves) , EMPTY NET (01:26, 0-0); OSU, Dustin Carlson 4-10-4 (60:00,
35-34).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-734  T-2:10   
 Three stars: 1. None    2. None    3. None   
 Ref: Stephen McInchak; Keith Sergott   Line: Bruce Vida; Paul Tunison
 Win-Dustin Carlson (4-10-4).  Loss-Mike Johnson (10-12-5). 
 ND timeout at 19:08/3rd                          
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