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Notre Dame Hockey Comeback Falls Short in Loss to Ohio State

The Irish fought back from a tie goal deficit to tie the game but couldn’t finish off the win

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team is on the road this weekend for the first time in the second half of the season. The two games against the Ohio State Buckeyes began Friday with a close game and an Irish comeback attempt that fell just short late in the game.

Game Summary: Notre Dame 2 - Ohio State 3

First Period

Notre Dame was facing an uphill battle almost immediately in this game, taking three penalties in the first period. Ohio State was able to pin the Irish in their own zone but couldn’t get a goal while up a man. Their offensive advantage continued though and eventually the Buckeyes broke through for the first goal of the game 16 minutes in.

Second Period

The second period was a more evenly matched affair, with shots almost even and the only penalty taken by Ohio State. The Buckeyes once again scored the only goal of the period though and they took a 2-0 lead into the final 20 minutes.

Third Period

In the third period Notre Dame’s offense finally showed up, scoring just over a minute into the period to cut the deficit to one. A puck battle behind the Buckeyes net saw several players try and fail to take control. Eventually Landon Slaggert was able to get the puck in front of the net where Drew Bavaro jumped on it and fired a wrist shot into the back of the net.

A the halfway point of the period Notre Dame was able to tie the game at two, and this time it was gold medal winner Danny Nelson who picked up the goal. Nelson carried the puck all the way from the Irish blue line into the offensive zone. He drove the net and was able shield the puck from a defender before switching to his forehand and putting the puck past goalie Logan Terness.

Just two minutes later Ohio State took the lead again though, this time their power play did make it work. Notre Dame pushed for the equalizer late and held a six on four advantage for the final few seconds but they were unable to find the tying goal for the second time and the Buckeyes held on for the 3-2 win.

Scoring

OSU: Dalton Messina (4) at 16:16 in the 1st assisted by Nathan McBrayer and Joe Dunlap

OSU: Stephen Halliday (6) at 9:42 in the 2nd assisted by Davis Burnside and Nathan McBrayer

ND: Drew Bavaro (5) at 1:05 in the 3rd assisted by Landon Slaggert and Patrick Moynihan

ND: Danny Nelson (4) at 9:33 in the 3rd assisted by Brennan Ali

OSU: Scooter Brickey (9) on the PP at 11:32 in the 3rd assisted by Cam Thiesing and Stephen Halliday

Penalties

ND: Patrick Moynihan 2 for tripping at 3:30 in the 1st

ND: Cole Knuble 2 for tripping at 10:10 in the 1st

ND: Ryan Helliwell 2 for tripping at 13:00 in the 1st

OSU: Patrick Guzzo 2 for slashing at 4:14 in the 2nd

ND: Patrick Moynihan 2 for slashing at 11:01 in the 3rd

OSU: Dalton Messina 2 for slashing at 19:50 in the 3rd

Goalies

ND: Ryan Bischel made 34 saves on 37 shots in the loss

OSU: Logan Terness saved 26 of 28 shots against for the win

Up Next

Notre Dame and Ohio State finish their series Saturday night with game two in Columbus. Notre Dame will need a win to avoid the sweep and keep pace in the Big Ten standings.