No. 9 Buckeyes Down No. 18 Irish, 2-1
Snowden makes 28 saves, Preston and Westlund score for Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team prevailed over No. 18 Notre Dame in a Big Ten Conference game Saturday in front of nearly 10,000 fans in Value City Arena. The Irish scored first, but sophomores Quinn Preston and Gustaf Westlund both lit the lamp for the Buckeyes for the victory, with senior Tanner Laczynski posting the first assist on both goals. Freshman goalie Ryan Snowden had 28 saves for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State, now 9-1-2 at home, improves to 15-6-3 overall and 8-4-2-0 in Big Ten play. The Fighting Irish are 10-10-4 this season, with a 5-6-3-2 conference ledger.
The Buckeyes will be on the road for back-to-back series. Ohio State will travel to Minnesota for two games Friday and Saturday. Puck drop for game one is at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET, televised by FSN+, with the broadcast also on FS Ohio and TSN. Game two, slated for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET, will be on BTN. The Buckeyes will then head to Ann Arbor for a pair of 7:30 p.m. games against Michigan Jan. 31-Feb. 1. The next home games for the Buckeyes are vs. Penn State Feb. 7-8. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. for game one and 5 p.m. for game two.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
On responding to Notre Dame’s early goal
“I thought we came out and we played really well. It was good to get that goal for our team and for our psyche.”
Ohio State 2, Notre Dame 1
In the First … Matt Steeves opened the scoring for Notre Dame at 11:31, tallying from the faceoff circle. Quinn Preston tied the game 4:02 later. Tanner Laczynski won a puck sent around the boards by the Irish defender, went behind the Irish crease and fed Preston for a quick shot. Each team had just three shots in the period and there were no penalties called.
In the Second … Gustaf Westlund broke the tie 1:42 into the middle stanza, converting the Buckeyes’ first power play chance of the night. Grant Gabriele fed the puck down low and Laczynski directed it to Westlund near the boards. Westlund took a shot from just inside the faceoff circle and put the puck in the top corner. The Irish had the edge in shots, 10-8, in the period, and Ohio State had three power play chances.
In the Third … The Buckeyes withstood an Irish push in the third period, with Notre Dame outshooting Ohio State, 16-5. The Irish pulled their goalie for the final 1:35, with Ryan Snowden making four saves while Notre Dame had the extra attacker. There were no power play opportunities.
Shots … Ohio State was outshot, 29-16, in the game. Snowden played 59:53 for Ohio State, with 28 saves. Cale Morris had 14 stops in 58:25 for Notre Dame. Each team had 13 shot blocks. Kamil Sadlocha led the Buckeyes with three, while Gordi Myer, Sam McCormick and Matt Miller each had two.
Special Teams … Ohio State had the only three power play chances, scoring once. The only Buckeye penalty came on a delayed call at the end of regulation.
Buckeye This and That … Laczynski, who had two assists in each game vs. Notre Dame, leads the Buckeyes with 18 assists and 25 points … Westlund is first on the squad with 12 goals, ranking second with 22 points, with a tally in each game … Preston now has nine goals, with one in each game vs. Notre Dame … Snowden’s 28 saves were a career high; he is 3-1-1 this season … it was the first time since Feb. 16, 2018 the Buckeyes did not face a power play; Notre Dame had just one in the series … the Buckeyes are undefeated in their last 10 games at home (8-0-2).