Buckeyes Close Regular Season Series vs. Notre Dame with Loss
Ohio State returns to action at Penn State next weekend
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey fell to Notre Dame, 8-1, Saturday in Value City Arena to wrap up the weekend and regular season series between the teams. The Irish took control in the first period with three goals on a major power play en route to the victory and series sweep.
The Buckeyes (5-14-1, 5-13-0-0-1-0 B1G) will hit the road for two games at Penn State next weekend, with game times at 5 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be streamed through BTN Plus and on Ohio State radio.
Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
On the Irish taking advantage of a major power play chance
“You dig a hole down three goals against that team and you’re basically climbing uphill. That’s the situation we put ourselves in.”
Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
In the First … At 14:18 a Buckeye was assessed a major for checking from behind and the Irish scored three times on the major power play, with goals from Colin Theisen at 15:03, Spencer Stastney at 18:21 and Nick Leivermann at 18:50. The Irish had the shot advantage, 16-7, in the period.
In the Second … Notre Dame scored twice in 15 seconds – Cam Burke at 9:42 and Pierce Crawford at 9:57– to extend the lead to 5-0. Graham Slaggert scored at 16:16 of the period for a 6-0 Irish advantage. Ohio State led in shots, 12-9, in the period.
In the Third … Leivermann got his second power play goal of the night at 1:41. Buckeye Kamil Sadlocha broke up the shutout at 4:04, scoring on a backhand from in close with assists from CJ Regula and Matt Cassidy. The final goal came from Solag Bakich at 10:42. Shots were 11-7 in favor of the Irish in the stanza.
Shots … For the game, the Buckeyes were outshot, 36-26. Ryan Snowden made his first start of the season for Ohio State and had 17 saves on 22 shots in 29:57. Evan Moyse played the final 30:03 and had 11 stops on 14 shots.
Ohio State blocked 13 Irish shot attempts, led by Regula with three and Cassidy, Ryan O’Connell and Grant Gabriele with two each.
Special Teams … Notre Dame was 4-for-6 on the power play in the contest and Ohio State did not convert on its one power play opportunity.