COLUMBUS, Oho Boosted by three second-period goals in just over 10 minutes, the No. 15 Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated No. 2 Notre Dame, 4-1, Sunday afternoon in Value City Arena. Sophomore John Albert (1g, 2a) and freshman Zac Dalpe (3a) each had a team-best three points, with linemate Taylor Stefishen adding a goal and an assist.

Notre Dame opened the scoring at 7:44 of the second but the line of Albert, Dalpe and Stefishen scored just 39 seconds later to knot the score. Albert and Dalpe set up a Shane Sims power-play tally at 17:00 to give the Buckeyes the lead and Stefishen finished a play with his linemates at 18:35 to put the Buckeyes up 3-1 after two periods. A Mathieu Picard empty-net goal in the third period sealed the win. Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson made 32 saves for the Buckeyes in the win.

Ohio State improves to 18-9-3 this year and is 11-8-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings, tied for fourth with Alaska, two points behind third-place Michigan. The first-place Irish drop to 21-5-3 and 15-4-3-3 in conference action. The teams split the weekend series, after Notre Dame won the opener Friday in overtime, 4-3.

There was no scoring in the first period as each team put 11 shots on goal. Ohio State had two power-play chances, putting four shots on net. The Irish were scoreless on one power-play chance.

The Buckeyes scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. Notre Dame opened the scoring at 7:44, as Christiaan Minella got to the puck after a scramble in front with the Irish on the power play, assisted by Kevin Deeth and Billy Maday. Dalpe and Albert had a hand in all three goals, beginning with Albert’s goal just 39 seconds after ND scored. Jordan Pearce made the first save on a Stefishen shot. Dalpe got to the rebound and shot it wide, but Albert was there to backhand it in for his 10th goal of the season. Sims put the Buckeyes ahead with a power-play goal at 17:00, as his shot from the point got through, assisted by Dalpe and Albert. At 18:35 Stefishen scored on the rebound of a Dalpe shot, with Albert on the second assist. Each team had 12 shots in the period. Ohio State converted its one power-play chance and Notre Dame was 1-for-2.

There was no scoring until the empty-net goal in the third, as the Buckeyes held the Irish scoreless on three power-play chances, including a 5-on-3 opportunity at 13:02. Notre Dame pulled Pearce for the extra skater at 18:01. On the final goal, freshman defenseman Matt Bartkowski chipped the puck up the wall to sophomore Sergio Somma. He got the puck over to Picard and his shot from just over the red line found the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season. Carlson stopped all 10 Notre Dame shots in the period. Ohio State put seven shots on net. The Buckeyes had one power-play chance in the stanza.

Notre Dame outshot Ohio State in the game, 33-30. Carlson played all 60 minutes and had 32 saves. Pearce played 59:42 and had 26 stops, allowing three goals.

Each team had one power-play goal in the contest Ohio State was 1-for-4 and Notre Dame was 1-for-6.

Postgame Notes
The Buckeyes return to action next weekend when they travel to East Lansing, Mich., to face off with Michigan State. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 5:05 p.m. Saturday in Munn Ice Arena.

Albert has a team-best 33 points this year, including a team-high 23 assists. He is on a five-game scoring streak (2-6-8) and has 54 career points. He had his third three-point game of the year and his career with a goal and two assists vs. the Irish.

Dalpe had a team season-high tying and career best three assists in the win. He has 21 points this year, with a team-high 13 goals and eight assists. It was his second career three-point night.

Stefishen had a goal and an assist for two points, his third multiple-point game in nine games as a Buckeye. He is on a three-game point streak (2-3-5).

Sergio Somma has points in his last three games (3-1-4).

Notre Dame entered the weekend first in the nation in scoring defense, limiting teams to 1.59 goals a game. The four goals scored by the Buckeyes were the most vs. the Irish since the team lost to Denver in its season opener, 5-2.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game and his team
“I think Dusty played a good game. He had some big saves. I thought he was the backbone of this win today. The guys bought into what we told them and we told them why they were successful and were unsuccessful.”

On how the team wins
“We win a certain way. There’s a plan and it’s easy to show them how they were successful and unsuccessful. We show them how to attack the zone. They’re a young team and sometimes they get off focus, but the longer we’re on a plan, it’s easier to make adjustments.”

On Notre Dame
“They’re a good hockey team. They played well. We know they have a couple guys out, but they played hard. It was important for us to get through the first period without getting scored against.”

John Albert, Ohio State sophomore forward
On the physicality of the series
“We had some pretty big hits. The coaches harped on us this week to play the body. If you take the body you get the puck back and get more chances to score.”

On the overrated/underrated debate
“They are a great team and they definitely aren’t overrated. I wouldn’t say we are underrated though – we’ve lost some games we should have won. We just brought our A game today. We are both great teams.”

On the team’s mindset after the Friday game
“We were disappointed after Friday, but we knew we played well and hung in the game. We should have won. Today we knew if we stuck to our game today we could win and we did that.”

Zac Dalpe, Ohio State freshman forward
On the extra day off between games
“It was a bonus. It was an emotional loss (Friday), so it was nice to have a day off to sit back and look at the film and see what we did wrong and what we did right. Really we just had to refuel.”
On responding quickly after Notre Dame’s first goal
“It was important because it helped get the crowd back in the game we had two great crowds this weekend. It kind of showed them we are not to be taken advantage of.”

On Taylor Stefishen’s addition to his line
“He has a lot of confidence, especially coming out of Alaska where he played so well. He did the same this weekend. Hopefully he can keep it up.”

Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame head coach
On Notre Dame’s performance
“Ohio State didn’t wear us down physically. We outshot them, but we made some mistakes that set us back. We are playing short-handed right now. We need to learn we shouldn’t give up just because there are a few that are out of our lineup right now.”

On the second period
“We got our spark with our goal in the second, but immediately gave them life. We couldn’t get back into it.”

On Ohio State
“Ohio State played a patient game and did well getting into the shot zones. I expected them to be good and they were. It is fun to see how a team plays for the first time in February.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#2 Notre Dame vs #15 Ohio State (Feb 08, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Notre Dame (21-5-3/15-4-3-3) vs. Ohio State (18-9-3/11-8-3-3)
 Date: Feb 08, 2009  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:6031   Start time:2:05 pm   End time:4:13 pm   Total time:2:08   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Notre Dame 0 1 0 1
 Ohio State 0 3 1 4
   1st period – Penalties – Calle Ridderwall, ND (charging) 9:15;
Dustin Carlson, OSU (roughing) 14:32; Garrett Regan, ND (o-tripping)

   2nd period – 1, ND, Christiaan Minella/6 (Kevin Deeth/20, Billy
Maday/12) 7:44 (pp). 2, OSU, John Albert/10 (Zac Dalpe/6, Taylor
Stefishen/5) 8:23. 3, OSU, Shane Sims/4 (John Albert/22, Zac Dalpe/7)
17:00 (pp). 4, OSU, Taylor Stefishen/3 (Zac Dalpe/8, John Albert/23)
18:35. Penalties – Taylor Stefishen, OSU (o-tripping) :24; Zach
Pelletier, OSU (o-hooking) 6:18; Ben Ryan, ND (tripping) 15:24.

   3rd period – 5, OSU, Mathieu Picard/5 (Sergio Somma/8, Matt
Bartkowski/11) 17:57 (empty net). Penalties – John Albert, OSU
(tripping) 5:32; Billy Maday, ND (cth elbowing) 10:45; Hunter Bishop,
OSU (cth elbowing) 11:21; Sergio Somma, OSU (hooking) 13:02.

   Shots on goal – ND 11-12-10 33; OSU 11-12-7 30.

   Power plays – ND 1 of 6; OSU 1 of 4.

   Penalties – ND 4 (8 min); OSU 6 (12 min).

   Goalies – ND, Jordan Pearce 20-5-3 (59:42 minutes, 29 shots-26
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:18, 0-0); OSU, Dustin Carlson 16-6-2 (60:00,

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-6031  T-2:08   
 Three stars: 1. Zac Dalpe    2. John Albert    3. Dustin Carlson   
 Ref: Matt Shegos; Mark Wilkins   Line: TJ Likens; Brian Frerichs
 Win-Dustin Carlson (16-6-2).  Loss-Jordan Pearce (20-5-3).