Buckeyes Fall to Notre Dame in CCHA Semifinals, 3-1
Brady Hjelle had back-to-back games with 40+ saves.

March 23, 2013

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DETROIT, Mich. - Despite 41 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle, the Ohio State men's hockey team lost to No. 9-ranked Notre Dame, 3-1, in the CCHA tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The loss ends the No. 3 seeded Buckeyes' (16-17-7) season, while the No. 2 seed Irish will compete for the league championship Sunday vs. Miami or Michigan.

The teams were tied at one after the first period. Freshman Anthony Greco and sophomore Ryan Dzingel rushed up the ice and with a pretty give-and-go, Greco passed to Dzingel in the slot for a 1-0 Buckeye lead at 10:56. Sophomore Tanner Fritz started the play to pick up the second assist. The Irish responded less than a minute later when Peter Schneider scored on a 3-on-1 at 10:52. The Irish outshot Ohio State, 10-5, in the period, including 7-0 to start the game. The Buckeyes scored on their first shot on goal of the contest.

Neither team scored in the second period, with Notre Dame outshooting Ohio State, 17-7. Two minutes into the second period junior Alex Lippincott got a shot by Notre Dame goalie Steven Summerhays but the puck hit the post. The call was no goal on the ice and the call stood after review, showing the puck did not completely cross the goal line.

The Irish scored the gamewinner 3:50 into the third period when T.J. Tynan connected on the power play from the faceoff circle. The Buckeyes skated with the net empty to close out the game but Notre Dame sealed the victory with a Jeff Costello tally at 18:50. Shots were 16-5 in favor of the Irish in the game.

For the game, Ohio State was outshot, 44-17. Hjelle had 41 saves in 58:31, while Summerhays had 16 stops in all 60 minutes.

Ohio State was scoreless on its two power play chances and the Irish were 1-for-3.

Postgame Notes
• Dzingel ends the year as the team's leading scorer with 38 points. He was the co-leader as a freshman last season with 24 points. He led the 2013 squad with 16 goals. He had career highs for goals, assists and points this year. He had a point in 15 of the last 18 games.
• Fritz was the team leader with 26 assists and ranked second with 37 points, all career highs. He had a point in 16 of the last 20 outings.
• Hjelle's .935 save percentage is the best for a Buckeye in a single season in program history, topping the .924 Caruso recorded in 2004. Hjelle's season goals-against average of 2.00 is the second-best in school history, behind only the 1.97 Dave Caruso posted in 2004.
• Hjelle ends his career as the Buckeyes' all-time leader in career save percentage, with his .933 passing Jeff Maund's mark of .921 from 1998-99. Hjelle is second in goals-against average as a Buckeye, as his 2.08 is just .01 behind Dave Caruso (2003-06). In his four-year collegiate career, Hjelle had a 2.30 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 63 games played (56 starts). He had five career shutouts as a Buckeye to tie for fifth and his four whitewashes this season are tied for third in a single year.
• Dzingel (38) and Fritz (37) had the most points for a Buckeye since 2010 when Zac Dalpe had 45.
• Sophomore Max McCormick had his nine-game scoring streak ended vs. the Irish. He was second on the team with 15 goals and third with 31 points. Freshman defenseman Craig Dalrymple had his seven-game point streak ended. He led the squad's rookies and blueliners with 14 assists and 17 points.
• Hjelle ended his season with back-to-back 40-plus saves games, with a career-high 47 in game three of the quarterfinals vs. Ferris State and 41 vs. the Irish in the semifinals.
Devon Krogh, the current team's leader with 129 games played, skated in his final game as a Buckeye. The game was also the last for seniors Brandon Martell, Alex Carlson and Jeff Michael.
• Junior Curtis Gedig marked the 100th game of his Buckeye career.

Ohio State Press Conference Quotes
Head Coach Mark Osiecki
Opening statement:
"We said to our guys after we were proud of the fact that to get to this point, to get on this great stage, it's been a while for our program. I'm awfully proud of what they went through this year. We're going to look back on our year and reflect on that tough start to the year with some difficult travel, and then we got injury problems right away, right that first weekend, and our guys did a heck of a job to battle through that all year. We couldn't be more proud of the way these guys responded to each other, and it's a great step for this program."

On allowing Notre Dame 44 shots:
"I haven't watched the tape yet. First period they had a lot of shots directed toward the net. I don't know how many were actual scoring chances. Again, I'll have to sit down and look at the tape. Second period they had a few flurries at the net that went `bang, bang, bang' and they generated some chances there, but good teams are going to put pucks on net. Ryan alluded to it before, our (one talk) this morning was we need to attempt 50 to 60 shot attempts, and I'm not sure if we even attempted 25. It's just a mindset we're trying to get our guys to have that be very ingrained in them. That's an experienced team that we played against, a very gifted team that we played against. They did a nice job. I don't want to take anything away from the way Notre Dame played."

On Brady Hjelle's impact on the team this season:
"He obviously meant a ton. In our eyes, he's our MVP. He's the MVP of the league, in our eyes. If you take him off our team, obviously we play differently. You saw that tonight. He gave us a great opportunity to be in the game, maybe a game that we had a chance to win and we were one shot away, and our guys stuck with it. Tough situation, like I said. Brady's meant the world to our team this year. What a great kid, went through a lot of different adversity to get to this point. We hope, as a staff, as a program, that he gets the opportunity to blossom."

On whether the team has overachieved this year:
"That's for you guys to decide, if we overachieved or not. For us as a program, like I said, we couldn't be more proud of what we accomplished this year. A lot of difficult situations that I know everyone has to go through. Every team has their own issues. Ours was obviously a very young team, like you saw tonight - we had in the lineup one senior and then a transfer senior. We couldn't be more proud of what these guys accomplished this year."

On Notre Dame's quick response goal:
"I just think that was a good response by a (veteran) team. The only frustrating thing there was that we turned the puck over, so it comes back to bite you a bit, but good teams find a way to respond and they did. We scored, and they found a way to respond."

Sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel
On the team's difficulty on offense in generating shots:
"Coach had been stressing shooting the puck all year, and I don't think it was trouble, I think it was a mindset. We could've thrown more pucks on net, but that's how the game turned out and you can't do anything now."