No. 6 Notre Dame holds off Ohio St.
Pfeifer Fighting Irish’s top scorer with two goals
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 6 Notre Dame captured an 8-7 win against Ohio State on Wednesday afternoon. Max Pfeifer scored two goals for the Fighting Irish, while goalie John Kemp made 17 saves.
Notre Dame (5-1) never trailed en route to its fourth consecutive victory. After Ohio State trimmed the Irish lead to one (7-6) with 2:22 remaining in regulation, Notre Dame's Liam O'Connor won the ensuing faceoff and scored his first-career goal to push the Irish lead back to two.
Ohio State (3-5) made it a one-goal game with 19 seconds remaining on a Reegan Comeault goal. The Buckeyes then won the faceoff, the Fighting Irish’s Kevin Randall forced a turnover and his Tyler Andersen picked up the ground ball to preserve the victory.
This was Notre Dame's fifth consecutive one-goal decision and the Irish have gone 4-1 in those games.
Conor Doyle gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead a little more than four minutes into the game. The Buckeyes evened the score on a David Planning goal with 6:10 left in the first quarter.
Andersen gave the Irish a 2-1 lead at the 3:13 mark of the first quarter with his first-career goal. Ohio State answered on a tally from Adam Trombley with a little more than a minute left in the opening quarter. The game was deadlocked, 2-2 after one quarter of play.
Sean Rogers put the Irish back on top, 3-2 at the 4:30 mark of the second quarter. That was the lone goal for either team in the period. It marked the sixth time this season that the Notre Dame defense has not allowed a goal for an entire quarter of play.
Pfeifer extended the Irish lead to two (4-2) with 9:43 left in the third quarter as he scored off a pass from Doyle. Logan Schuss ended the Ohio State scoreless streak, which reached 23:35, to make it a one-goal game (4-3) at the midway point of the third quarter.
Pfeifer answered back to give the Irish a 5-3 lead with 3:33 remaining in the period. The Buckeyes sliced the Irish advantage back to one on a Jesse King goal. Pat Cotter put the Fighting Irish back up by two (6-4) by the end of the third quarter.
The Irish grabbed their largest lead of the day (7-4) on Tyler Brenneman's goal, which came with 10:42 left in regulation. The Buckeyes trimmed their deficit back to two (7-5) with 6:07 remaining on King's second goal of the afternoon.
Ohio State had a 41-21 advantage in shots, while the Buckeyes held a 12-7 edge in faceoffs. Ohio State goalie Greg Dutton made six saves.
The Buckeyes were 0-for-2 in extra-man opportunities, while the Irish were 0-for-3. Notre Dame’s defenseman Stephen O'Hara matched a game-high total with five ground balls.