No. 16 Buckeyes Fall to No. 10 Irish, 4-1
Nov. 3, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the first game between the teams as Big Ten Conference foes, No. 16-ranked Ohio State lost to No. 10 Notre Dame, 4-1, Friday in Value City Arena. The loss ends the Buckeyes’ six-game unbeaten streak and the squad is now 5-2-2 on the year (1-2-0-0 B1G). Notre Dame, an affiliate member of the B1G, is 5-3-1 overall and 1-0-0-0 in league play.

The Buckeyes and Irish will close the weekend series at 7 p.m. Saturday in Columbus. Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during the first intermission.

“For the most part, defensively we played a pretty good hockey game against a good quality hockey team. But, you can’t breakdown like we did for a couple of those goals,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. “At the end of the day you have to score more than one goal to win most times, and we had some chances. There are some things we need to clean up.”

The teams were scoreless after the first period, with the Buckeyes outshooting the Irish, 13-4, in the stanza. Ohio State had a five-minute major power play starting 6:13 into the game, but was unable to convert the chance.

The Irish scored the only goal of the second period, with Cal Burke tallying from a sharp angle at 2:03. Notre Dame had the edge in shots in the period, 10-5. Ohio State held Notre Dame scoreless on two power play chances, with a third carrying into the third period.

At 5:35 of the third period, shortly after the Buckeyes just missed a chance, Notre Dame went ahead 2-0 on Dylan Mamlquist’s tally off a rebound. The Buckeyes got on the board at 8:35. Mason Jobst won a faceoff and the puck went to Janik Moser at the point. His one-timer found the back of the net for his second goal of the season. Notre Dame pushed the lead to 3-1 at 13:40 when Cam Morrison scored from right in front off a pass from Andrew Peeke. The Buckeyes pulled their goalie late, but were unable to convert. Shots were 6-4 in favor of Ohio State in the third period.

For the game, the Buckeyes outshot the Irish, 24-18. Sean Romeo had 14 saves for the Buckeyes. He is in the Top 10 in the NCAA with a 1.64 goals-against average. The Buckeyes blocked 11 shots, led by Wyatt Ege with three and Sasha Larocque with two. Ohio State is allowing an NCAA-low 22.11 shots on goal a game.

Ohio State held the Irish scoreless on three power play chances and had just one chance of its own.