Feb. 2, 2013

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Postgame Press Conference (Osiecki, Hjelle, Dalrymple)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind a career-high 45 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle, the Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 2-2 overtime tie with No. 9/11 Notre Dame Saturday in Value City Arena. The Irish won the shootout, 1-0 in five rounds, to pick up the extra point in the CCHA standings.

The game between Ohio State (11-11-6, 10-6-4-1 CCHA) and Notre Dame (16-11-1, 12-7-1-1 CCHA) will be re-aired by BTN at 9:30 a.m. ET Monday.

Ohio State led 1-0 in the first period on a shorthanded goal by sophomore Darik Angeli but the Irish tallied with seven seconds left in the stanza to tie the game. The teams traded power play goals in the second, with Sam Calabrese putting Notre Dame ahead at 11:22 and freshman Craig Dalrymple responding for the Buckeyes at 18:55. Hjelle had 14 saves in the third period, and added four in overtime, to preserve the tie.

The Buckeyes got on the board with a shorthanded goal at 11:11 of the opening period. Sophomore Chad Niddery won the faceoff in the Buckeye zone and freshman Sam Jardine picked up the puck and passed up to Angeli, who was able to score on the fly. With just seven seconds left in the period the Irish tied the game when Thomas DiPauli was able to put a loose puck in the crease home. Hjelle had 17 saves in the period, as Ohio State was outshot, 18-10. The Irish had the only two power play chances.

The Irish went ahead, 2-1, when a shot by Calabrese with the Irish on the power play went in off a Buckeye defenseman at the far post. Ohio State tied the game with a 5-on-3 power play goal, as Dalrymple was able to blast a shot in from the faceoff circle, assisted by sophomores Tanner Fritz and Ryan Dzingel. Shots were 11-7 in favor of Notre Dame in the period and each team was 1-for-2 on the power play.

The teams were scoreless in the third period, with Hjelle stopping all 14 attempts while the Irish limited the Buckeyes to three shots on goal. There were no penalties called.

Neither team was able to score in overtime. Hjelle added four saves, while Notre Dame goalie Steve Johnson made two stops.

In the shootout, the lone goal was scored by Notre Dame’s Anders Lee in the fourth round.

Ohio State was outshot, 47-22, in the game. Hjelle played all 65 minutes and had 45 saves. Johnson played 64:53 for the Irish and made 20 saves.

The Buckeyes converted one of two power play chances and held the Irish scoreless on three of four opportunities.

Postgame Notes
• The Buckeyes travel to Fairbanks this upcoming weekend for a series with Alaska before returning to Value City Arena for two games with Western Michigan Feb. 15-16.
• Hjelle’s 45 saves were a career best, topping the 38 he had Jan. 11 at Ferris State. He is fifth in the NCAA with a 1.68 goals-against average and ranks third in save percentage (.945). He has 11 games with 30 or more saves this season and has allowed two goals or less 17 times.
• Angeli’s goal was the first shorthanded score of his career and his second goal of the season. Ohio State now has four shorthanded goals this year.
• Fritz extended his scoring streak to eight games, with two goals, seven assists and nine points in the stretch. He is second on the team with 22 points and ranks first with 17 assists.
• Dzingel has a point in each of his last six games (3g, 6a, 9p) in the streak. He is first on the team with 26 points, as well as 12 goals.
• Jardine has an assist in five of eight games since returning from injury and has six assists on the year.
• Notre Dame’s 47 shots were an opponent season high, ahead of the 45 Alaska recorded Nov. 10.
• The Buckeyes have a power play goal in four of the last five games (8-for-23, 34.8 percent).
• Dalrymple’s goal was his second of the season and first since Dec. 8 at Robert Morris. He is second among the Buckeye blueliners with eight points.

Postgame Quotes
Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach
On Ohio State’s performance
“We had a hard time getting out of our zone. I thought Notre Dame played extremely well. They played desperate and had us on our heels. We played tough though. When you find a way to hang tight and to keep it close, that’s when you need some of your big guns to step up and steal the game. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen tonight.”

On the Buckeyes’ energy level
“We certainly didn’t have the same jump tonight. This team is in good shape. It was just one of those games. You can’t play on top of your game, like we have been, for four weeks in a row. You’re going to have a game when it is not absolutely perfect. On a national scene, it’s a tie and that’s a great point for us.”

On bouncing back after the game
“It’s not concerning because we know how the guys are going to respond. Everybody has gone through seasons where you’re going to have a game like that. It can’t be perfect.”

On Curtis Gedig’s absence in the line-up because of injury
“You take a key component out of your lineup and certainly on the blue line, there’s going to be an adjustment period and it showed tonight. We found a way to steal a point though, that’s a big fight out of that group that’s in the lockerroom right now.”

Brady Hjelle, Ohio State senior goalie
On achieving a career high 45 saves “That is by far the most traffic I have seen in front of the net so far this year. However, I thought we did a great job and didn’t give up any easy shots.”

Craig Dalrymple, Ohio State freshman defenseman
On scoring on the five-on-three power play “We changed up the five-on-three right before the game just because. We worked it around and Fritz brought it up and I put it away. He gave me a great pass and it felt good going in. It hit the right post and it just slid in. “

On missing Curtis Gedig
“He’s a heck of a player but we have a solid defense and there are plenty of people who can fill the spot. We have a really solid group of guys in the lockerroom who can back each other up.”

On tying the game
“If someone would have asked us if we thought the game was going to be tied before the game we wouldn’t have settled for that. And we didn’t tonight either. We kept grinding.”

Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame head coach
On Notre Dame’s performance tonight
“I thought we played really well. It was tough to give up the five-on-three goal at the end of the second period. Taking points on the road is extremely important though, especially at this time of year and I thought the guys played well tonight.”

On the Fighting Irish offense
“Our guys did a good job putting pressure on them. Obviously, Hjelle is a great goalie and you really have to earn your goal. We had quite a few shots tonight, and it would have been nice to capture one more.”