December 3, 2021

No. 18 Buckeyes Post 4-2 Road Win over No. 8 Notre Dame


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 4-2 win at No. 8 Notre Dame Friday night in the opening game of a Big Ten series in South Bend, Ind. The Irish scored the game’s first goal but Ohio State notched the next four en route to the victory.

Ohio State is now 9-4 on the year, with a 5-2-0-0-0 record in Big Ten play. Notre Dame, which had a six-game winning streak end, is 10-4-0 overall and 4-3-0-2-0-0 in the B1G. The teams will close the series at 6 p.m. Saturday. The game will be streamed through and on the NBC app and will be on Ohio State Radio.

The Short Story

Notre Dame scored at 7:41 of the first but Kamil Sadlocha tied the game at 12:34 and Travis Treloar put Ohio State in the lead with a power play goal at 15:27. Ohio State scored the only goals of the second – from Georgii Merkulov at 12:16 and Will Riedell (on the power play) at 15:54 for a 4-1 Buckeye lead after 40 minutes. Notre Dame scored an extra attacker goal with 1:18 remaining but could get no closer for the 4-2 final. Ohio State was outshot, 36-28, with Jakub Dobeš making 34 saves. Freshmen Mason Lohrei and Cam Thiesing each had two assists and points to lead the Buckeyes, with 10 Buckeyes in all getting on the scoresheet. Ohio State won the special teams battle, scoring two power play goals and going 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

“We weathered the storm early. Our special teams were good tonight and the difference in the game. The team got better as the game went on.”

Quoting graduate student captain Will Riedell

“It was a great team win tonight. We kept our game simple and capitalized on our opportunities. Tomorrow we have to come out and start on time. Keep our game simple again.”

How it Happened

  • Notre Dame opened the scoring at 7:41, with Ryder Rolston scoring on the rush. Notre Dame had the game’s first five shots and 10 of the first 13
  • Kamil Sadlocha tied the game at 12:34. Cam Thiesing took a pass from Quinn Preston and entered the Irish zone. His shot went off the back wall to Sadlocha and he scored on a sharp angle.
  • At 15:27 Ohio State took a 2-1 lead. A shot from Jake Wise went off Travis Treloar in front and in with the Buckeyes on the power play. Mason Lohrei had the second assist on the goal.
  • Notre Dame ended the first period ahead in shots, 14-8.
  • The Buckeyes scored the only two goals of the second period.
  • Georgii Merkulov converted from the faceoff circle at 12:16, taking a pass from Thiesing with Lohrei also assisting.
  • Near the end of a power play, a wrist shot from Will Riedell from the point found the back of the net for a 4-1 Ohio State lead at 15:54. Gustaf Westlund and Grant Gabriele assisted on the goal.
  • Ohio State had the shot advantage in the middle period, 13-9.
  • The Buckeyes carried their three-goal lead until late in the third. With 4:20 left Ohio State killed off a penalty that became a 6-on-4 advantage as Notre Dame skated with the net empty. The Irish tallied 6×5 with 1:18 left but could get no closer.
  • Notre Dame outshot the Buckeyes, 13-7, in the game. Dobeš had 34 saves in all 60 minutes. Ohio State blocked 17 Irish shot attempts. Ryan O’Connell, Riedell and Patrick Guzzo shared the team lead with three each.
  • Ohio State scored twice on five power play chances, with the penalty kill 2-for-2. Notre Dame entered the weekend first in the nation on the penalty kill.

Buckeye This and That

  • Ohio State has allowed two or fewer goals in 10 of 13 games this season and are allowing 2.0 per contest.
  • The Buckeyes have scored three or more in 10 games and are averaging 3.46 goals a night.
  • Lohrei is first on the team with 10 assists and 12 points. It was his fourth two-point game and his second two-assist night in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Treloar has a team-high five goals.
  • Merkulov is on a three-game goal scoring streak. He is second on the team with 11 points, including four goals.
  • Dobeš is 9-3 on the year, with a 1.84 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.
  • Thiesing had his third two-point night in the Scarlet and Gray and first with two assists.