Buckeyes Defeated by No. 18 Notre Dame, 4-2, in CCHA Tournament
March 3, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In game two of its CCHA tournament first-round series, the Ohio State men's hockey lost to No. 18 Notre Dame, 4-2, to give the Irish a sweep of the series and a berth in the quarterfinals. The loss ends the Buckeyes' season, as the squad falls to 15-15-5 (11-12-5-1 CCHA). Notre Dame is 19-16-3 overall (12-13-3-0 CCHA).
Saturday night, Ohio State led 1-0 early in the first and 2-1 at the first intermission on goals by seniors Sean Duddy and Danny Dries. The Irish scored twice in the second period to tie the game and take the lead and sealed the win with a late empty net, power play tally.
In the first period, the Buckeyes opened the scoring on Duddy's wrist shot from the point that got through off a faceoff win by junior Alex Carlson at 4:35. Notre Dame tied the game when Jeff Costello tallied on a high shot at 9:20. Ohio State then regained the lead when Curtis Gedig found Dries for a power play tally at 17:19, with freshman Max McCormickpicking up the second assist. Ohio State outshot Notre Dame, 13-7, in the period and the Buckeyes had the only power play of the stanza.
Notre Dame outscored the Buckeyes, 2-0, in the second period to tie the game and take its first lead of the night. Just 2:08 into the stanza Anders Lee tallied to deadlock the game at 2 and Mike Voran's goal at 8:57 put the Irish ahead, 3-2. The teams combined for 27 shots in the period, with Notre Dame outshooting the Buckeyes, 15-12.
In the third period, Ohio State had two power play chances but was unable to convert. Ohio State, while killing a penalty, pulled goalie Cal Heeterlate to make it 5-on-5 but Notre Dame's Billy Maday forced a turnover and scored into the empty net (a power play goal) for a 4-2 Notre Dame advantage. Shots were 8-6 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period.
Ohio State outshot Notre Dame, 33-28. Heeter had 24 saves in 59:29, while Steven Summerhays played all 60 minutes for the Irish and had 31 saves for the Irish.
Each team had one power play goal; Ohio State was 1-for-5 and Notre Dame was 1-for-4.Postgame Notes
The game ended the career for four Buckeye seniors - Duddy, Dries, Heeter and Cory Schneider. Duddy and Schneider will graduate at the end of winter quarter, with Dries and Heeter scheduled to graduate at the end of spring quarter. All four are Ohio State Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Heeter ends his career third in program history in goals-against average (2.58) and save percentage (.915). He is eighth in saves (2428), ninth in wins (39), sixth in minutes played (5260:59) and tied for fifth in shutouts (5). This season, his .918 save percentage is the fifth-best in program history in a single season and his 2.45 goals-against average is ninth in the record books.
Duddy played in 124 games as a Buckeye and had two goals, 22 assists and 24 points. Dries skated two years with the Buckeyes, posting 28 goals, 21 assists and 49 points in 64 games. He had 98 points in 135 collegiate games. Schneider played in 112 games for the Scarlet and Gray, with a 10-12-22 line.
Sophomore Chris Crane and freshman Ryan Dzingel end the year tied for the team scoring lead with 24 points each. Crane led the team with 14 goals and Dzingel had a team-best 17 assists. Dries was second with 13 goals, with Duddy second with 13 assists.
McCormick tied with Dries for second on the team with 22 points each. McCormick had a point on 12 of the Buckeyes' final 19 goals of the season.