|No. 18 Ohio State 13, No. 14 Notre Dame 11 • What You Need to Know|
|Records:||Ohio State 5-2; Notre Dame 2-3|
|Site:||Ohio Stadium; Columbus, Ohio|
|Did You Know:||Tuesday's game featured nine ties and four lead changes.|
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In its history, the Notre Dame/Ohio State series has always seems to deliver close, exciting, back and forth games. The 59th edition of the game – on Tuesday evening at Ohio Stadium – was no different.
The No. 18 Buckeyes and No. 14 Irish were tied nine times and saw four lead changes. Finally, with 1:09 remaining in the fourth quarter, senior Tre Leclaire gave the Buckeyes a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in a 13-11 victory that improved their record to 5-2. Notre Dame fall to 2-3.
For Ohio State, it marks its first back to back wins in the series since 2003 and 2004. Seven of the last 11 meetings have been decided by two goals or fewer.
The Short Story
Leclaire had another big game for the Scarlet and Gray, scoring five times while dishing out one assist. It was the third time in six games that he’s finished with six or more points. He got plenty of help on the offensive end from Jackson Reid, who scored three times and added four assists. Colby Smith netted two goals and was joined in the scoring column by Lukas Buckley, Griffin Hughes and Nick Musci.
After falling behind 8-7 late in the third quarter, Ohio State tied the game four times before finally pulling ahead on Leclaire’s goal at 1:03. Ohio State then won the ensuing face-off and Notre Dame failed to force a turnover, eventually getting called for a 30-second delay of game penalty. Leclaire put an insurance goal in the back of the net with 20 seconds remaining, completing a perfect six-for-six night in extra man opportunities.
“It’s always special to pause for Military Appreciation and thank our service men and women for all they do to protect our freedom,” said head coach Nick Myers. “As far as the game, a great back and forth battle today against a very good team. I’m really proud of our team for how we hung in there and just kept swinging.”
How the Goals Were Scored
This and That
|Ohio State Career Points Leaders|
|1. Terry Gilmore||123-127-250||1976-79|
|2. Logan Schuss||146-91-237||2010-13|
|3. Joel Dalgarno||126-101-227||2006-09|
|4. Jesse King||119-89-208||2012-15|
|5. Kevin Buchanan||97-78-175||2005-08|
|6. Tre Lelcaire||135-38-173||2017-pres.|
Just the Stats
Shots: Ohio State 40, Notre Dame 38
Ground Balls: Ohio State 35, Notre Dame 35
Face-offs: Ohio State 15-of-27, Notre Dame 12-of-27
Clears: Ohio State 20-of-23, Notre Dame 17-of-20
Extra Man: Ohio State 6-for-6, Notre Dame 1-for-3
Saves: Ohio State (Kirson) 10, Notre Dame (Entenmann) 9
Turnovers: Ohio State 14, Notre Dame 12
Leading Scorers: Jackson Reid (3-4-7), Tre Leclaire (5-1-6), Colby Smith (2-0-2), Lukas Buckley (1-1-2), Nick Musci (1-0-1), Griffin Hughes (1-0-1), Johnny Wiseman (0-1-1), Jack Myers (0-1-1)
Ohio State closes out its four-game homestand on Sunday, March 15, when it hosts No. 10 Denver (4-2). Opening face-off is slated for noon and the game will be streamed on BTN Plus. Prior to the game, Ohio State will honor its 10-member senior class.