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The Ohio State Buckeyes found immense success on the power play (extra man) in their 13-11 home victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, going a perfect 6-for-6 during the contest.
In each quarter the Buckeyes scored two power play goals back-to-back in the second, third, and fourth quarters. And each time those goals helped put them ahead in a contest that seemed like a heavyweight boxing match the way each team kept taking shots at the other.
Tre LeClaire, who tallied five goals and one assist in the win, scored the last two goals of the contest, including the go ahead goal with just over a minute on the clock. Both of those goals game on the power play. Go figure. Jackson Reid also lit the cage on first for Ohio State, tallying seven points (3G/4A). Reid scored the game-tying goal with 1:52 in the fourth.
Notre Dame, who was led by Bryan Costabile (2G/1A) and Wheaton Jackobice (2G/1A), was never out of the contest at all as both teams kept trading runs all game. The Irish led 5-4 at the half and held an 11-10 lead late in the contest before Ohio State ended the game on a three-goal run, which included those three aforementioned goals from Reid and LeClaire. The Irish’s mistakes down the stretch ended up costing them in this loss as they drop their third game in a row.
Liam Entenemann made nine saves for the Irish and Josh Kirson made 10 saves for the Buckeyes. Justin Inacio went 15-for-27 at the faceoff dot for Ohio State.
North Carolina Escapes Bryant
For the second consecutive game, the fourth-ranked undefeated North Carolina Tar Heels have had to get hot in the fourth quarter to break away from the claws of a hungry mid-major looking to pull off a major upset. On Friday it was Furman and today it was the Bryant Bulldogs.
After a very back-and-forth first half that saw Bryant take a 9-7 halftime lead, North Carolina was able to light up the scoreboard with a 6-1 run to end the quarter and get ahead 15-11. While Bryant was able to get things going again in the fourth, they couldn’t complete the comeback as the Tar Heels walked away victorious with the 18-16 win.
Zac Tucci went 25-for-38 at the faceoff dot for the Tar Heeks, breaking the North Carolina record for single-game faceoff wins. Chris Gray also tallied eight points (4G/4A) in the victory while Nicky Soloman recorded five points (3G/2A). Marc O’Rourke scored seven goals to lead Bryant.
Luke Carcciolo made 15 saves for Bryant, while North Carolina utilized both Canton Johnson and Jack Pezzulla.
Bryant midfielder Keaton Jones did have to be carted off the field after taking a hit in the fourth quarter of the game. While Bryant has not sent out an official statement concerning his wellbeing, North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi did send out this tweet tonight stating that he spoke with Jones via FaceTime before he left the hospital to head back to Rhode Island.
Johns Hopkins Mounts Comeback Against Mount St. Mary’s
The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays were able to rally back from down four goals in the fourth quarter and secured the 13-12 victory over the Mountaineers, avoiding their first-ever loss against them. Cole Williams scored the game-tying goal with under a minute to play in regulation and Ryan Darby made a huge save to officially force overtime. Freshman Owen Murphy put in the game-winner for Hopkins, ending their four-game losing streak.
UMass 14, LIU 10
St. John’s 9, Hofstra 19
Siena 12, Fairfield 21
Duke 18, Jacksonville 8
Penn State 22, Furman 7