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Notre Dame Hockey: Buckeyes Overpower Irish in 3-2 Showing in South Bend

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Series split

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish returned to Compton Family Ice Arena Sunday to finish a two-game series against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Following Saturday night’s 3-0 showing against the Buckeyes, the Irish fell to the Buckeyes 3-2.

First Period

It was the guys in gold and blue who set the tone from the puck drop and went after it on offense. The Irish eventually more than quadrupled the Buckeyes’ two shots on goal in the first period with 9 of their own. About 7 minutes into play, Notre Dame’s Jake Pivonka put his team on the board and the standing remained 1-0 Irish as the two teams headed into the second.

Second Period

After each team tried and failed to capitalize on power play opportunities early in the second, Nate Clurman chalked up another Irish point about 14 minutes into the period. Later on, Notre Dame’s Max Ellis headed to the penalty box for hooking and the Buckeyes responded with a power play goal from Mark Cheremeta to end the period 2-1 Irish. The Buckeyes upped the offensive aggression in the second period of play, more than doubling Notre Dame’s 6 shots on goal with 13.

Third Period

Charlie Raith snatched a third goal for the Irish four minutes into the third, but officials negated the point following a 10-minute major to Ryder Rolston for hitting from behind. Just after the call, Ohio State’s Quinn Preston scored on the power play to bring the game to a 2-2 tie. Just 45 seconds later, Preston netted another point to bring Ohio State the 3-2 lead and lock in the game for an Ohio State victory.

Game Summary

Scoring

Notre Dame: Alex Steeves at 07:08 in the 1st with assists from Nick Leivermann and Graham Slaggert

Notre Dame: Nate Clurman at 13:48 in the 2nd with assists from Jesse Lansdell and Grant Silianoff

Ohio State: Mark Cheremeta at 19:33 in the 2nd with assists from Travis Treloar and Grant Gabriele

Ohio State: Quinn Preston at 03:59 in the 3rd with an assist from Mark Cheremeta

Penalties

Ohio State: Tate Singleton for roughing at 15:10 in the 1st

Notre Dame: Jake Pivonka for interference at 18:06 in the 1st

Notre Dame: Alex Steeves for tripping at 00:17 in the 2nd

Ohio State: Travis Treloar for tripping at 07:31 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Too many men, 09:48 in the 2nd

Ohio State: Too many men, 11:46 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Max Ellis for hooking at 17:54 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Zach Plucinski for interference at 19:58 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Ryder Rolston for hitting from behind, 10-minute misconduct

Ohio State: Matt Cassidy for tripping at 10:29 in the 3rd

Ohio State: Gustaf Westlund for hooking at 15:54 in the 3rd

Goalies

Notre Dame: Dylan St. Cyr, 18 saves

Ohio State: Tommy Nappier, 17 saves

Moving Forward

The Irish will return to play in South Bend against the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. To catch the game, tune in with NBCSN.

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