The No. 12 Ohio State men’s hockey team dominated Friday’s third period, leading the Buckeyes 5-2 to a win over No. 20 Notre Dame at Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes were led by senior forward Tate Singleton, who scored in the third half with 7:03 left to give Ohio State a 3-2 lead it wouldn’t relinquish. In addition to the go-ahead goal in the third game, Singleton also finished the contest with two game-high assists.
After the win, Singleton emphasized the Buckeyes’ energy levels, which helped lead them to the win.
“I think that’s my role sometimes, to bring energy,” Singleton said. “I thought I brought energy tonight and a lot of guys built on that. It’s hard to win in collegiate hockey and to get one like that was pretty nice.”
The Buckeyes got on the board first when freshman forward Davis Burnside came into play just 4:18. Burnside’s first goal was assisted by senior defender Scooter Brickey as well as Singleton.
With 44 seconds remaining in the first half, the Fighting Irish ended the game with a goal at the first break thanks to a strike from senior forward Trevor Janicke.
Notre Dame’s momentum continued in the second period where they scored another of equal strength after a goal from freshman Fin Williams to take a 2-1 lead.
Head coach Steve Rohlik praised the Buckeyes’ penalty shoot-out, which saw them wipe out all five of the Fighting Irish’ power-play chances.
“You work a lot on it,” said Rohlik. “It depends a lot on special teams and you saw that again tonight.”
After a crushing penalty against new defender Tyler Duke, senior defender Dominic Vidoli put the game two-man down with a singleton-assisted goal that sent them into the second break.
Rohlik said Vidoli’s goal was an important turning point in the game.
“It was the goal with a man down that really made us level the game,” said Rohlik. “We kind of struggled through those first few periods but we were right there and I think that was the most important thing.”
With goals from Singleton, fifth-year Jake Wise and junior forward Patrick Guzzo, the Buckeyes’ offense exploded in the third period, helping them seal the deal.
Singleton emphasized that the Buckeyes need to play a more complete game going forward.
“We always strive to be a third-period team,” Singleton said. “Maybe we’ll win the next game outright.”
Ohio State and Notre Dame will round out their two-game streak Saturday at 5 p.m. at Value City Arena. BTN+ sends.