Hockey returned to the Compton Family Ice Arena Friday as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the Ohio State University Buckeyes. The matchup put two of the most elite teams in the college game to the test, but it was the Irish who got the W in overtime. Fans saw young talent shine and watched conference rivalry play out at its best.
The Buckeyes went after it on the offense from the start and claimed 8 shots on goal to surpass Notre Dame’s 5. Fans saw penalty after penalty but not one power play goal for either squad. The two team’s elite penalty kills and standout goaltenders kept an even struggle until Ohio State’s Tanner Laczynski ended the period in the Buckeyes’ favor with the first goal of the game. A game misconduct for Notre Dame’s Jesse Lansdell for contact to the head brought the Buckeyes into the second period with the upper hand.
Extra Irish skater Solag Bakich had been on the ice to step in for Lansdell and put his team on the board with the first goal of his college career. The struggle continued as the tie remained, but the Irish seemed to find their flow.
The two teams carried the sense of urgency into the third as they worked to break the tie. It was Ohio State’s Carson Meyer who found the back of the net to give his team the 2-1 lead. However, Notre Dame’s fiery freshman Trevor Janicke shut the Buckeyes down to tie it up again soon after.
It was Pierce Crawford who got it done for the Irish as he scored the last goal with just about one minute to go in overtime.
Ohio State: Tanner Laczynskiat 19:33 in the 1st with assists from Grant Gabriele and Collin Peters
Notre Dame: Solag Bakich at 08:12 in the 2nd with assists from Matt Steeves and Tory Dello
Ohio State: Carson Meyer at 16:43 in the 3rd with assists from Austin Pooley and Gordi Meyer
Notre Dame: Trevor Janicke at 18:03 in the 3rd with assists from Cam Morrison and Jake Pivonka
Notre Dame: Pierce Crawford at 03:59 in the 4th with assists from Nate Clurman and Trevor Janicke
Ohio State: Ryan O’Connell for interference at 06:15 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Colin Theisen for tripping at 07:20 in the 1st
Ohio State: Tanner Laczynski for holding at 10:52 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Pierce Crawford for tripping at 15:42 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Jesse Lansdell for contact to the head at 19:41 in the 1st (Game Misconduct)
Ohio State: Collin Peters for slashing at 04:56 in the 2nd
Ohio State: Quinn Preston for hooking at 16:41 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Matt Hellickson for cross-checking at 09:19 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Morris, 25 saves
Ohio State: Nappier, 32 saves
The Irish and Buckeyes will meet again at 7:00 p.m. ET Saturday in South Bend. To tune in, watch on TV with SNY or stream online with NBC Sports.
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