March 10, 2020

Ohio State Wins Back and Forth Battle over Notre Dame, 13-11


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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

  • Ohio State scored four of the game’s first five goals and led 4-1 midway through the opening quarter. Two of them – scores by Leclaire and Musci – were on the man-up.
  • Notre Dame would counter punch with a four-goal run late in the second quarter and took a 5-4 lead into the locker room for halftime.
  • Back to back goals by the Scarlet and Gray one minute a part in the early stages of the third quarter gave the lead back to Ohio State. The Reid-Leclaire combo were involved in both of them, with Reid scoring first at 14:30 (assisted by Leclaire) and Leclaire following 45 second later (assisted by Reid).
  • Notre Dame scored twice late in the third quarter to grab a 8-7 lead, beginning the back-and-fourth that was the game’s final 19 minutes.
  • A superb individual effort by Lukas Buckley forced a 10-10 tie with under five minutes to play, but Notre Dame quickly answered less than a minute later to take a 11-10 lead, its final one of the game.
  • Reid forced the ninth a final tie of the game with 1:52 to play on a goal from a pass off the stick of Jack Myers. From there, Leclaire closed out the scoring with two EMO goals in the final 1:09.

This and That

  • Ohio State entered the game converting on 25 percent of its extra-man opportunities for the season. Following Tuesday’s six-for-six effort, the Buckeyes are now at .455 for the season (10-of-22).
  • Goalie Josh Kirson extended his streak to six straight games with double digit saves. He finished with 10 on Tuesday night – five in each half.
  • The Buckeyes’ offense featured six different goal scorers and eight players who registered points.
  • Ohio State improves to 32-12 at home since the start of the 2015 season. It’s the Buckeyes’ first win over Notre Dame in Columbus since 2003.
  • Leclaire moved sixth place on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list (173 points) and is just three shy of passing Kevin Buchanan (2005-08) for fifth. He’s scored at least one goal in 25 straight games, which is the eighth longest streak in the country.
  • Colby Smith has multiple points in three straight games.
  • Justin Inacio went 15-of-27 in the face-off X, including five critical wins in the fourth quarter. His face-off unit was led by seven ground balls from Ryan Terefenko.

Ohio State Career Points Leaders
1. Terry Gilmore123-127-2501976-79
2. Logan Schuss146-91-2372010-13
3. Joel Dalgarno126-101-2272006-09
4. Jesse King119-89-2082012-15
5. Kevin Buchanan97-78-1752005-08
6. Tre Lelcaire135-38-1732017-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)

What’s Next
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.