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Buckeyes Fall at Home to Fighting Irish

Ohio State closes homestand at 1:30 p.m. Saturday


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey lost the series opener to Notre Dame Friday in Value City Arena. Notre Dame used a four-goal second period en route to a 6-1 win.


The Buckeyes (5-13-1, 5-12-0-0-1-0 B1G) and Irish (9-9-1, 7-7-1-1-2-1 B1G) will close the weekend and regular season series at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on BTN, the Fox Sports app and Ohio State radio.


Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik

“You have to keep fighting, you have to keep digging and you have to keep clawing away and you have to keep working. That’s the only way to get better. It’s the only thing I know how to do and that’s what we are going to do. We are going to have to keep teaching and keep working at it. We are going to get it through to these guys at one point or another.”


Ohio State vs. Notre Dame

In the First … Notre Dame led 1-0 after the first period on a Spencer Stastney goal scored at 9:04. Ohio State had a five-minute major power play, which included a 5-on-3 for two minutes after a second Irish penalty, but was unable to convert. Shots were 9-7 in favor of Ohio State in the period, with five Buckeye shots on the power play.


In the Second … The Irish controlled play in the second, outscoring the Buckeyes 4-1 and outshooting them, 18-5. At 3:44 Matt Steeves tipped a shot from Stastney for a 2-0 advantage and at 8:54 Alex Steeves extended the lead to 3-0. Tate Singleton put Ohio State on the board at 16:35, scoring unassisted from the high slot. He shares the team goal lead with six this season. Just over two minutes later (18:45) Jesse Lansdell scored after a turnover in the Buckeye zone. A penalty on the goal-scoring play gave the Irish a power play and Landon Slaggert tallied at 19:10.


In the Third … The only goal of the third came at 9:07 when Nick Leivermann scored one second after a Buckeye power play expired. Ohio State put 13 shots on net in the period and Notre Dame had 10 on goal. Ohio State was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in the period.


Shots … Ohio State was outshot, 38-24, in the game. Tommy Nappier started and played the first two periods, making 20 saves on 25 shots. Ryan Snowden played in the third and had 12 saves on 13 shots.


Ohio State had 12 shot blocks, with Ryan O’Connell leading the way with four and Layton Ahac and Singleton each blocking two.


Special Teams … The Buckeyes had four power play chances and Notre Dame was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.