Feb. 7, 2009

Courtesy of Notre Dame

Columbus, Ohio - Calle Ridderwall's power-play goal just 49 seconds into overtime capped a wild Notre Dame comeback as the Irish downed Ohio State, 4-3, in overtime at Value City Arena.

Ridderwall's goal came on the heels of Erik Condra scoring his second power-play goal of the game with one second left on the clock to tie the game at 3-3. The two late power-play goals by the Irish came as the result of a five-minute spearing penalty to the Buckeyes' Ian Boots with 2:11 left in the game.

Condra finished the night with two goals with Ridderwall and defenseman Ian Cole netting Notre Dame's fourth goal. Corey Elkins, Sergio Somma and Zac Dalpe scored for Ohio State.

The win extended Notre Dame's road unbeaten streak to 12 games (11-0-1) and the Irish are now 21-4-3 overall and 15-3-3-3 in the CCHA, good for 36 points and a four-point lead on second-place Miami. The RedHawks are idle this weekend. Ohio State goes to 17-9-3 overall and 10-8-3-3 in the conference.

The Irish got on the scoreboard first with Cole lighting the lamp at 4:29.

With the Irish applying pressure in the Ohio State zone, center Kevin Deeth moved the puck back to Cole on the left point. With Billy Maday screening goaltender Dustin Carlson in front, Cole fired a blast from the left point that beat Carlson to his stick side. For Cole, it snapped a streak of 18 games without a goal as he picked up his fourth of the season.

The Buckeyes would tie the game at 8:47 as Elkins picked up his 11th goal of the year. Right wing Ian Boots controlled the puck in the right wing corner and passed the puck to Elkins at the bottom of the left circle. He fired inside the left post to tie the game at 1-1.

Ohio State made it 2-1 just 1:15 into the second period as the Buckeyes took advantage of a Notre Dame turnover deep in their zone.

Right wing Peter Boyd took the puck away from the Irish defense in the right wing corner and left it for Somma who carried it along the goal line before tucking it between Pearce and the right post for his ninth of the season.

In the third period, Condra would tie the game at 2-2 on a power-play goal at 8:50.

Ben Ryan moved the puck out of the left corner to the senior right wing. Condra moved in on goal and took a shot that went in off Carlson's pads for his seventh of the season.

The game would stay tied 2-2 until the 17:05 mark when Dalpe scored his 13th of the year, whipping a John Albert feed from below the goal line past Pearce for the 3-2 Buckeye lead.

Just 44 seconds later, Boots would take his major penalty to give Notre Dame a five-minute power-play. With 1:04 left in the game, Pearce was pulled in favor of a sixth attacker that set up Condra's heroics.

Billy Maday moved the puck from the left point to Condra who was stationed to the left of Carlson. With time running out, Condra snapped a shot over the Ohio State goaltender with 00:01 left on the clock. The goal was Condra's eighth of the season.

In overtime, Ridderwall capped the comeback when his low shot from the bottom of the right wing circle found its way past Carlson for the 4-3 win. The goal was Ridderwall's 12th of the season.

On the night, Notre Dame out shot OSU by a 23-20 margin. Pearce finished with 17 saves on the night while Carlson had 19 saves in the loss.

Notre Dame and Ohio State will meet in the second game of the series on Sunday, February 8 at Value City Arena. Game time for the matinee is 2:05 p.m.


GAME SUMMARY

GAME SUMMARY 1 2 3 OT - F #2/#2 Notre Dame (21-4-3/15-3-3-3) 1 0 2 1 - 4 #15/#15 Ohio State (17-9-3/10-8-3-3) 1 1 1 0 - 3

Scoring First Period: ND: Ian Cole 4 (Kevin Deeth, Calle Ridderwall), 4:29; OSU: Corey Elkins 11 (Ian Boots), 8:47.

Penalties: ND: 0 for 0 minutes; OSU: 0 for 0 minutes.

Second Period: OSU: Sergio Somma 9 (Peter Boyd), 1:15.

Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; OSU: 1 for 2 minutes.

Third Period: ND: Erik Condra 7 (Ben Ryan, Ian Cole), PPG, 8:50; OSU: Zac Dalpe 13 (John Albert, Taylor Stefishen), 17:05; ND: Condra 8 (Billy Maday, Cole), PPG, 19:59.

Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; OSU: 4 for 19 minutes.

Overtime: ND: Ridderwall 12 (Deeth, Brett Blatchford), PPG, 00:49


Shots On Goal:
Notre Dame       6 -  4 - 12 - 1 - 23
Ohio State       6 -  8 -  6 - 0 - 20

Goaltender Saves: ND - Jordan Pearce (59:13) 5 - 7 - 5 - 0 - 17 OSU - Dustin Carlson (60:49) 5 - 4 - 10 - 0 - 19

Power Plays:

ND: 3 for 5 OSU: 0 for 2

Attendance: 6,571