Roundup: Notre Dame Thumped by OSU One Night After Clinching Title

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February 11, 2018

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Friday night, Notre Dame became the first team this season to clinch a regular-season championship, winning the Big Ten in its first season in the league, and becoming the first team other than Minnesota to win it in the league’s five years.

Saturday was a different story, as Ohio State came back and thumped the Irish, 5-1, behind a career-high 39 saves from Sean Romeo.

The loss dropped Notre Dame to No. 3 in the Pairwise, which the Buckeyes moved back to No. 6.

Ohio State scored three times in the third, with Kevin Miller and Sam McCormick getting goals less than a minute apart at 6:56 and 7:53 to seal the win.

“We knew what we had to do going into tonight and that was stick with what we did Friday night but do a better job of capitalizing on our opportunities,” forward Brendon Kearney said. “We know what we’re capable of as a team and are excited to keep going. This was an amazing team win.”

Goaltender Cale Morris, a leading contender for the Hobey Baker Award, was pulled by Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson after the fourth goal.

“(Cale) has been an ace and all season long he’s been our rock. He’s the guy that’s made the difference in so many games. If you play sloppy like that, you can’t rely on your goaltender on two-on-ones and breakaways all the time,” Jackson said. “You’re putting him in high-risk situations. I didn’t put that on Cale. The way we were playing, I didn’t want to (keep him in). I’d been looking for an opportunity to get Dylan St. Cyr into the net. So when they scored that last goal (I made the switch). I wasn’t putting that on Cale; that had nothing to do with it. …

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