No. 9 Buckeyes Rally to Tie No. 18 Irish
Ohio State scores four goals in the third period in 4-4 OT tie

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With four goals in less than seven minutes in the third period, the No. 9-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team rallied for a 4-4 OT tie vs. No. 18 Notre Dame Friday in a Big Ten Conference game in Value City Arena. The Fighting Irish picked up the extra point in the Big Ten standings with a shootout win.

The Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 entering the third. Ohio State scored at 11:59 and 13:40 of the third to make it a one-goal game (3-2) but the Irish regained the two-goal edge at 16:17. Ohio State then tied the game with two goals in a 32 second span at 18:23 and 18:55, scoring twice with the extra attacker (with the first also a power play goal). Neither team scored in five minutes of 5-on-5 overtime to end the game as a tie for NCAA purposes. Quinn Preston led the Buckeyes with three points, including two assists, while Tanner Laczynski had two helpers.

Ohio State is now 14-6-3 on the year and 7-4-2-0 in the Big Ten, with an 8-1-2 record at home. Notre Dame is 10-9-4 overall and 5-5-3-2 in league play.

The teams close the regular season series at 5 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. It is the First Responders Appreciation game. The team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss is that night and fans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal to throw on the ice to donate. They will be collected and delivered by the Buckeyes to Ronald McDonald House. Postgame, there will be a meet and greet with half of the Buckeye squad (Nos. 2-18). The day starts with the First Responder Face Off, a game between Columbus Police and Columbus Fire, which starts at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon at the northeast corner of the arena). A ticket to the Buckeye game also includes the FRFO. The First Responders game will be general admission seating.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
“First and foremost, I really like the heart I have on this team. These guys in the lockerroom have a never give up attitude. They easily could have given up in the third. I thought we played a decent game and sometimes the bounces might not go your way, but these guys never quit. I thought we showed a lot of heart there at the end.”

Ohio State 4, Notre Dame 4
In the First … Notre Dame scored the only goal at 15:58, with Alex Steeves tallying after a turnover in the OSU zone. Shots were 8-6 in favor of Ohio State.

In the Second … The Irish converted their only power play chance of the night at 10:11 for a 2-0 lead, with Steeves notching his second of the night. At 12:40 Colin Theisen made it a 3-0 Irish advantage. Ohio State again led in shots, 11-7, with Buckeye goalie Ryan Snowden making a save on a breakaway right before the end of the period. Ohio State had a goal overturned after video review late in the stanza.

In the Third … Gordi Myer opened the scoring at 11:59, one-timing a Quinn Preston pass, with Tanner Laczynski also assisting. At 13:40 Austin Pooley put in the rebound of a Matthew Jennings shot to cut the Irish lead to 3-2; Tate Singleton had the second assist on the tally. The Irish notched the next goal, with Graham Slaggert tipping a shot to put Notre Dame up 4-2 at 16:17. The Buckeyes went on the power play at 17:49 and pulled their goalie for the extra attacker and a 6-on-4 advantage. Preston scored from right in front at 18:23, set up by Carson Meyer and Matt Miller. Just 32 seconds later, the Buckeyes scored after a faceoff in the Irish zone, again with the net empty, tying the game at four. Gustaf Westlund scored off a pass from Laczynski, and Preston had the second helper. Ohio State had the shot advantage, 10-5, in the period.

In 5×5 Overtime … Ohio State had the only two shots on goal in the five-minute period.

In 3×3 Overtime … Neither team was able to score. Ohio State had three shots, with Notre Dame putting one on net.

In the Shootout … In the sudden-victory shootout, Notre Dame went first. After a scoreless opening round, the teams traded goals in the second, with Laczynski answering for Ohio State. Neither team scored in the next three rounds. Slaggert opened round six with a goal for the Irish and the Buckeyes were unable to respond, giving the Irish the extra Big Ten point.

Shots … Ohio State outshot the Irish, 31-18, in the game. Snowden played 63:54 for Ohio State and had 14 saves, while Notre Dame’s Cale Morris made 27 stops in 65 minutes. Ohio State blocked 11 shots, led by Preston and Grant Gabriele with three each.

Special Teams … The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play and Notre Dame scored on its one power play chance.