Nov. 4, 2017
By Dan Colleran
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Cal Burke scored near the end of the second period to break a scoreless tie and then Irish goals by Dylan Malmquist and Jake Evans 34 seconds apart early in the third period lifted Notre Dame to an eventual 3-2 win over #16 Ohio State on Saturday night at the Value City Arena (5,900).
With the win, Notre Dame (6-3-1, 2-0-0-0 B1G) posted a sweep of Ohio State (5-3-2, 1-3-0-0) in its first ever Big Ten series.
Evans finished with a goal and two assists, while Malmquist posted a goal and an assist and Peeke finished with two assists.
Sophomore goaltender Cale Morris totaled a career-high 39 saves for the Irish. With the Buckeyes looking to get back into the game in the third and pulling their goaltender several times, he made 22 of his 39 saves in the final stanza.
Both of Ohio State's goals came later in the third period with the goaltender pulled, including a 6-on-4 power-play goal and a 6-on-5 tally.
In the Buckeye net, Sean Romeo had 18 saves and then Tommy Nappier added two stops in his 7:59 of relief work.
COACH JACKSON'S THOUGHTS
On the weekend as a whole ...
"I can't be any more pleased with the outcome of the weekend. Not just winning on the road, but winning our first conference games against a good hockey team. I'm proud of the way the guys played."
On the team's defensive play, starting with the goaltending ...
"I thought Cale Morris certainly stood tall this weekend and I thought our defense played the way we expected them to when we started the year. We played smarter, only giving up a couple odd man rushes."
On getting some scoring across the lineup ...
"It was good to have Dylan Malmquist back, he contributed a lot this weekend. Especially when you have two of your top offensive guys out of the lineup [Andrew Oglevie and Joe Wegwerth], it is important we get production up and down the lineup. Cam Morrison is starting to come around and Cal Burke had a good weekend so that has been important for us."
NOTRE DAME GOAL DESCRIPTIONS
1-0 | The Fighting Irish took at 1-0 lead at 18:48 of the second period on Cal Burke's fourth goal of the year. Jake Evans won and offensive zone faceoff back to Burke, who skated across the top of the circle and let a wrist shot fly while Evans skated past Romeo to provide the screen.
2-0 | Skating four-on-four, Jake Evans connected a pass from below the goal line to Andrew Peeke at the point. Peeke then fired a pass to just outside the crease, where Dylan Malmquist tipped in his second goal of the series.
3-0 | Malmquist help create a turnover along the near boards and eventually worked the puck to the far side, where Evans and Peeke exchanged a pass before the senior captain put a shot on goal from a tight angle that beat Romeo.
The Irish were 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Buckeyes were 1-for-4 on power play.
- Jordan Gross skated in the 129th consecutive game of his Irish career (dating back to the first game of his freshman season).
- Cal Burke scored his fourth goal of the season, a career-high for the sophomore.
- With a goal and two assists, Jake Evans posted his sixth multi-point game of the season and the 27th of his career.
Next weekend, the Irish return to the Compton Family Ice Arena for their first home Big
Ten series as they play host to Penn State (Nov. 10-11). Puck drop on Friday night is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET, while Saturday's game will begin at 7:05 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men's hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College ('06 & '08G).