December 4, 2021

No. 18 Buckeyes Fall at No. 8 Notre Dame, 5-1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State men’s hockey team is headed home from South Bend with a series split after falling to No. 8 Notre Dame, 5-1, Saturday night in game two of their Big Ten series. The Buckeyes fell behind 2-0 less than six minutes into the game and were unable to recover.

Ohio State is now 9-5 on the year and 5-3-0-0-0 in Big Ten play. Notre Dame moves to 11-4-0 overall and 5-3-0-2-0-0 in the B1G. The Buckeyes won the series opener, 4-2, Friday.

Next Up

Ohio State will host No. 3 Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center. BTN will televise both games. TICKET INFORMATION

The Short Story

The Irish scored at 4:08 and 5:51 of the first period, with the second tally on the power play. Buckeye Jaedon Leslie made it a one-goal game at 7:37, but the Irish responded less than three minutes later and Ohio State could get no closer the rest of the way, giving up two goals in the second and a power play tally in the third. The Irish outshot the Buckeyes, 40-25, and were 2-for-3 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

“We were flat tonight. We could not match their energy from start to finish. It’s back to work on Monday.”

How it Happened

  • The Irish scored 4:08 into the game and then tallied on the power play at 5:51 for a 2-0 lead.
  • Dalton Messina won a faceoff to Jaedon Leslie and he scored at 7:37 to draw the Buckeyes within one.
  • Shots were 14-6 in favor of Notre Dame in the opening stanza.
  • The Irish scored the only two goals of the second, at 10:27 and 15:02. Ohio State created chances in the period, putting 13 shots on net, but was unable to convert. Notre Dame had 15 shots in the stanza.
  • The only goal of the third was scored by the Irish on the power play at 4:00. Notre Dame outshot Ohio State, 11-6, in the period.
  • For the game, the Buckeyes were outshot, 40-25.
  • Notre Dame converted 2-of-3 power play chances and was 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.