Ohio State uses five-goal second period to knock off ninth-ranked Notre Dame
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A five-goal second period, including four power-play goals, lifted Ohio State to a 6-3 win against No. 9 Notre Dame on Friday in Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes improved to 11-11-5 and 10-6-3-1 in the CCHA, while the Irish fell to 16-11-0 and 12-7-0-0 CCHA.
After trailing 1-0 following the first period, Ohio State scored three goals in a two-minute span while on a major power play to take a 3-1 lead just 3:12 into the second period. The Irish responded with two goals in a 54-second span to deadlock the game at three. The Buckeyes then broke the tie with a goal at 16:05 of the period and regained their two-goal advantage 1:46 later with a power play score. The final goal was an empty-net score in the final minute of regulation to seal the win.
Sophomore Nick Oddo led Ohio State with three points on a goal and two assists, while classmate Ryan Dzingel scored twice. Junior Curtis Gedig had two assists, while junior Alex Szczechura, sophomore Justin DaSilva and freshman Anthony Greco each had a goal and an assist for a two-point night. Buckeye goalie Brady Hjelle had 29 saves in the victory.
The Irish led 1-0 after the opening period on a Mario Lucia power-play goal at 12:31. Shots were 13-8 in favor of Notre Dame in the period. The Irish had two power-play chances, with Ohio State scoreless on one chance.
The teams combined for seven second-period goals, with Ohio State leading 5-3. The Buckeyes started the second period with a short 5-on-3 advantage. At 1:09, Oddo tied the game at one, rebounding a shot by Greco, with Szczechura picking up the second assist. Dzingel gave Ohio State its first lead of the game at 2:45, scoring on a 2-on-1 with Oddo. Senior Devon Krogh had the second assist, following a shorthanded chance for the Irish. Just 27 seconds later, Ohio State took a 3-1 lead when Szczechura scored, assisted by Oddo and Gedig. Notre Dame’s Kevin Lind scored a 4-on-4 goal at 7:02 to make it a one-goal game. Just 54 seconds later, Bryan Rust scored from right in front on the power play to deadlock the score.
At 16:05 Greco’s shot made it through to put Ohio State ahead 4-3. Greco was assisted by Gedig and DaSilva. Dzingel followed 1:46 later with a goal, converting a pass from sophomore Max McCormick from behind the net just 14 seconds after a power play had started. Ohio State outshot Notre Dame 17-7 in the period. Notre Dame had two power-play chances in the period and Ohio State was 4-for-7.
The lone goal of the third period came with just 58 seconds left, when DaSilva’s lifted the puck to clear the Ohio State zone and it traveled down the ice and into the empty Irish net for his first career goal. Hjelle had 12 saves in the period, with Ohio State putting eight shots on net.
Ohio State outshot Notre Dame 33-32 for the game. Hjelle played all 60 minutes and had 29 saves. Steven Summerhays started the game for the Irish and had 20 saves in 40 minutes, allowing five goals. Mike Johnson played 19:10 of the third period and made seven stops.
The Buckeyes were 4-for-9 on the power play, while the Irish were 2-for-5.