Irish vs. Ohio State, Take Two

The Irish continue their CCHA-opening series against Ohio State with their second game of the weekend in the Joyce Center. Notre Dame prevailed last night 3-1 behind the stellar goaltending of freshman Mike Johnson. Junior Calle Ridderwall, senior Dan Kissel, and sophomore Billy Maday provided the scoring. I’ll try to give updates from the press box at least after each period, if not a bit more frequently.

Final score of the game, Ohio State 3, Notre Dame 2.

Shootout Round Three – Heeter stops Ryan’s shot. Ohio State wins in the shootout, 2-1.

Shootout Round Three – Hunter Bishop gets one in for the Buckeyes. All the pressure is on Notre Dame’s third shooter, Ben Ryan.

Shootout Round Two – Notre Dame’s Calle Ridderwall moves to the left side of the Buckeye goal, but Heeter smothers the shot. This shootout remains tied up.

Shootout Round Two – Ohio State’s Zac Dalpe loses control of the puck as he gears up to shoot. Credit one to Phillips by intimidation.

Shootout Round One – Notre Dame’s Billy Maday quickly evens things up.

Shootout Round One – Buckeyes shoot first, and John Albert converts it.

End of overtime – After the initial intensity, neither team threatens much and this game is headed to a shootout. I’m not real clear on the rules of overtime, but from my understanding, largely based off of a brief conversation with the Director of Officials a few minutes ago, each team gets three shooters, and the team with more goals obviously wins. Notre Dame will choose to shoot first or second. If the game remains tied after the initial three rounds, we will head to a sudden death format. Players are not allowed to be used twice until everybody on the team has taken a shot.

4:18 Overtime – Both teams have already threatened as a Ryan Thang shot was deflected by Buckeye netminder Cal Heeter and an Ohio State shot bounced off the left pipe of the Notre Dame goal.

End of regulation – Tied up at 2-2. Stay tuned for the drama to continue.

Ohio State certainly played stronger in the third period than the Irish did, holding a 30-24 shots on goal advantage, threatening Phillips much more often than the Irish threatened Heeter.

Coming up will be a five minute overtime period, “golden goal” style.

1:32 Third period – Phillips just made a beautiful glove save. He may have given up two power play goals, but only allowing those on 30 shots he has played an excellent game thus far.

2:00 Third period – Still tied at two. Ohio State holds a 29-23 shots on goal advantage, and they continue to attack, but the Irish defense is limiting clean shot opportunities.

5:13 Third period – The pace of play has picked up considerably, and it has also gotten much more physical. Both teams are looking for that one goal, but it has yet to come. In the process, players on both teams are taking any chance at a check they can get. Phillips just made two huge saves on clean Buckeye shots. This game will go down to the wire.

11:56 Third period – The power play passes without any damage done. Notre Dame is back to full strength and the game remains tied at 2-2.

13:56 Third period – Ohio State has another 5-on-4 advantage as Irish senior Dan Kissel will set in the penalty box for two minutes for interference.

14:58 Third period – Ohio State capitalizes on the penalty play opportunity as sophomore Zac Dalpe gets a shot by Phillips. Ohio State holds a 25-20 shots on goal advantage, and the score is tied at two.

16:22 Third period – Notre Dame senior Dan Kissel nearly just scored on the Ohio State power play, as he slipped the puck between the legs of the only defender between him and the goal, but Buckeye netminder Cal Heeter made a nice stop. Notre Dame holds onto its 2-1 lead.

16:52 Third period – Irish captain Ryan Thang takes a seat in the box for two minutes for slashing, giving the Buckeyes a 5-on-4 advantage.

17:29 Third period – With four seconds left on the power play, Notre Dame senior Kyle Lawson, assisted by sophomore Ben Ryan and freshman Riley Sheahan, scores to give the Irish a 2-1 lead. Earlier on the power play Irish junior Ian Cole shattered his stick on a shot, so when Lawson scored only four Irish skaters were involved in the action anyways.

19:26 Third period – Ohio State continues its penalty-per-period pattern with a quick penalty on junior Corey Troy for boarding. 5-on-4 advantage for the Irish for the next two minutes.

End of second period – The period ended with Ohio State handling the puck in front of the Irish goal. As soon as the horn sounded a brief skirmish broke out, with Notre Dame senior Kevin Deeth and Buckeye junior Sergio Somma in the middle of it. Three players from each team jumped in, but the refs calmed things down before any serious blows could be thrown.

Ohio State currently holds a 22-16 shots on goal advantage. Don’t ask me how Notre Dame lost a shot on goal. The Buckeyes surely did threaten more often in the period though. Outside of the one power play, Notre Dame never really mounted any strong attacks. That will need to change for the Irish to begin the CCHA season 2-0-0.

1:40 Second period – Two great saves by Irish netminder Brad Phillips keep the game tied at 1-1. Shots on goal is knotted up at 17.

10:58 Second period – The power play passes without Notre Dame finding the back of the net with the puck, even though for most of the power play one Ohio State defenseman played wihtout his stick. Notre Dame had two shots on the goal, but Heeter seemed unfazed.

12:58 Second period – The rink is filled with sounds of “Hit the Road Jack” as Ohio State’s Hunter Bishop heads to the penalty box for boarding, essentially a check from behind. Irish have a one-man advantage 5-on-4.

14:09 Second period – The increased attacking continues this period, and the Buckeyes’ attacks are much more dangerous than Notre Dame’s. Ohio State has taken an advantage in shots on goal 15-13.

16:06 Second period – Ohio State finally ended a sustained Notre Dame attack, lasting since my last update. Unfortunately, Notre Dame only managed two shots on goal, and neither was a serious threat to get past Heeter. But it is encouraging to see puck control like that by the Irish.

18:31 Second period – Both goalies have already had to make tough saves this period. The Irish got two quick shots off on Buckeye sophomore Cal Heeter, but Heeter stopped both shots, aided on one by two Irish skaters colliding and disrupting a shot. The Buckeyes quickly moved the puck to the other end of the ice, but Phillips stopped three shots, including one with his lower leg on a wrap-around attempt by a Buckeye.

End of First period – The score is knotted up at one. Both teams used power penalties to score. Notre Dame has a slight shots on goal advantage, 8-6. So far the puck has mostly moved up-and-down the ice. Notre Dame has had one or two decent scoring chances, but neither team really dominated the period. Netminder Brad Phillips has played excellently, stopping five Buckeye shots, and only letting the one power play goal get past him, off of a rebound amidst a scrum in front of the net.

0:36.9 First period – Ohio State capitalizes on the power play with less than twenty seconds left with an advantage. Junior Hunter Bishop gets the goal and the score is even at 1-1.

2:21 First period – Two minute penalty for tripping on Notre Dame senior Dan Kissel. 5-on-4 in favor of the Buckeyes.

5:04 First period – Notre Dame quickly takes advantage of the power play with a goal ten seconds into it by freshman Riley Sheahan. Notre Dame up 1-0.

5:14 First period – High sticking call on Ohio State defenseman Shane Sims. Two minutes in the box. 5-on-4 for the Irish.

19:13 First period – First item of note, junior netminder Brad Phillips is in the goal tonight. Coach Jeff Jackson continues to switch it up in the net this season.


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