After peppering Ohio State goalie Brady Hjelle through three periods and five minutes of overtime, Irish captain Anders Lee finally found a crack on the final shot of the game.
Junior captain Anders Lee scored in the fourth round of a shootout Saturday night to beat Ohio State 1-0.
Notre Dame (16-11-1, 12-7-1-1 CCHA) tied the Buckeyes (11-11-6, 10-6-4-1) 2-2 Saturday night in Columbus. Both teams went through three scoreless rounds of a shootout before Lee snuck a wrist shot through Hjelle’s pads. The 1-0 win allowed the Irish to slip out of Ohio with two points after their weekend trip.
Irish senior Mike Johnson made 24 saves, including stops on all four shootout attempts, while making just his fourth start of the season. Johnson replaced starter Steven Summerhays after two periods Friday night in a 6-3 loss for the Irish.
Hjelle, who started the weekend with the second-best save percentage in the nation, stopped 48 of the 51 shots (a season-high for Notre Dame) he faced Saturday night.
The two teams traded goals to start the first period. Sophomore Darik Angeli scored shorthanded for the Buckeyes on an odd-man rush midway through the first period. Irish freshman Thomas DiPauli tied the score by poking a rebound past Hjelle with less than 10 seconds remaining in the period.
Senior Sam Calabrese got his first goal of the season on a second period power play. He snuck in from the right point and took a pass from junior T.J. Tynan. Calabrese’s shot ricocheted off an Ohio State defender and into the net to give the Irish a 2-1 lead.
Ohio State relied on a power play that plagued the Irish all weekend to send the game to overtime. Craig Dalrymple beat Johnson with a slapshot during a 5-on-3 advantage late in the second period. The Buckeyes finished the weekend 5-for-11 on the power play.
Notre Dame took nine penalties in a 6-3 loss Friday night, including a five-minute major for junior Mike Voran, who was playing in his first game in three weeks.
“You’re not going to win many games when you take 25 minutes in penalties,” head coach Jeff Jackson told UND.com. “It’s not going to happen. We have to eliminate the unnecessary penalties.”
Referees whistled Voran for hitting from behind in the final minute of the first period. Ohio State scored three goals during the five-minute man advantage that followed. The Buckeyes added two more in the second period to put the game out of reach.
Freshman Mario Lucia and juniors Kevin Lind and Bryan Rust scored for Notre Dame. Lucia and Rust’s goals both came on the powerplay in a game that was defined by special teams.
The Irish managed to hang on to their third place spot in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association despite a relatively unproductive weekend in the point column. Miami and Western Michigan are both ahead of Notre Dame in the conference standings.
Notre Dame hosts Michigan for a pair of games next weekend at Compton Family Ice Arena.