Buckeyes Drop CCHA Opener to No. 2 Notre Dame, 5-2
Oct. 14, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team lost in its first Central Collegiate Hockey Association game of the year, falling on the road at No. 2-ranked Notre Dame, 5-2. The Buckeyes (1-2, 0-1 CCHA) and Irish (2-1, 1-0 CCHA) will meet at 7:05 p.m. Saturday to close out the series. The radio call will be available on 1460 AM in Columbus and on Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the game will be televised by Comcast (Channel 900 in Michigan).
Ohio State led 2-1 at the end of the first period on two goals from senior Danny Dries. The Irish tied the game at 2-all with a power-play goal in the middle period, with Buckeye starting goalie Brady Hjelle making 15 saves in the stanza. Notre Dame took its first lead of the game early in the third and added two goals for the 5-2 final.
The Buckeyes led 2-0 just over 10 minutes into the game. At 1:31 Dries put the Buckeyes on the board, scoring from in-close, with freshman Al McLean picking up the assist. At 10:10 Dries added his second tally of the night. Sophomore Curtis Gedig led a rush up the ice, joined by Dries as he came out of the penalty box. It resulted in a 3-on-1, with Dries scoring on the fly for the two-goal Buckeye lead. The Irish got on the board at 17:35 when Austin Wuthrich scored, assisted by Richard Ryan and Bryan Rust. Each team had seven shots in the period.
Ohio State held the one-goal advantage for 16 minutes of the second period before the Irish tied the game at 2-all with a 5-on-3 goal. Two Buckeyes were penalized at the same time, giving the Irish a two-man advantage for a full two minutes. Notre Dame converted less than a minute into the advantage when Anders Lee found T.J. Tynan open at the far post. Hjelle was a standout for the Buckeyes in the period, making 15 saves as Ohio State was outshot, 16-9, in the stanza. At 8:44 of the stanza the Buckeyes' Ryan Dzingel had a partial-breakaway goal disallowed and Dzingel was assessed a penalty for goalie interference, giving the Irish a power play.
The Irish took a lead for the first time at 3:19 of the third period, with Anders Lee tallying, assisted by Riley Sheahan and Bryan Rust. The Irish held the one-goal lead until two late goals, with Patrick Gaul scoring at 14:35 and Lee converting just eight seconds after Ohio State removed Hjelle for the extra attacker. Shots were 12-6 in favor of Notre Dame in the period.
The Buckeyes were outshot, 35-22. Hjelle had 30 saves, allowing four goals, in 59:52. ND goalie Mike Johnson had 20 saves in 59:51.
The Buckeyes were 5-for-6 on the penalty kill and did not score on their two power-play opportunities.