Jan. 27, 2006
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes continued their mastery over Notre Dame on Friday night as goaltender Dave Caruso stopped all 28 Irish shots he faced to record his fifth shutout of the season with a 1-0 victory at Value City Arena.
Junior right wing Mathieu Beaudoin scored the only goal the Buckeyes would need at 14:24 of the second period when he blasted a shot from the right wing circle past Irish goaltender David Brown who stopped 21 of 22 shots he faced on the night.
The Buckeyes have now won seven straight versus the Irish and since the start of the 2000-01 season have a 13-1-3 record versus Notre Dame.
The loss drops Notre Dame to 8-14-3 overall and 6-10-3 in the CCHA while Ohio State improves to 13-10-4 on the year and 9-8-2 in league play.
Irish coach Jeff Jackson continues to look for scoring from his team.
“I thought we played well tonight. We had some chances and missed some open nets,” said Jackson.
“That’s our weakness – we need to generate more offense. We don’t have that big scorer. That’s been a focal point for us, generating offense any way we can.”
The Irish got off to a strong start in the opening period, controlling the action for a majority of the stanza and out shooting Ohio State by a 10-4 margin. But the game was scoreless after one period of play.
Ohio State finally broke through at 14:24 of the second period on Beaudoin’s eighth goal of the season. The junior left right wing took a pass from Tom Fritsche just inside the Notre Dame blue line and rifled a slapshot over Brown’s glove and under the cross bar for the only goal of the game.
Caruso, the game’s first star, made two major league saves in the second period. First he stopped Evan Rankin on a breakaway just 1:28 into the second period and then robbed Josh Sciba on a power-play scoring chance from the inside the left-wing circle late in the period.
Caruso now has 11 shutouts for his career, tying him the Ohio State record in that category. He is the CCHA’s top goaltender with a 1.71 goals-against average.
The 1-0 shutout marked the third time this season that the Irish have been held off the scoreboard. Notre Dame was 0-for-4 on the power play, snapping a streak of seven games with a power-play goal.
The Irish close out the regular-season series with Ohio State on Saturday night at the Value City Arena. Game time is set for 8:05 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally by College Sports Television (CSTV).
1 2 3 - FNotre Dame (8-14-3/6-10-3) 0 0 0 - 0
Ohio State (13-10-4/9-8-2) 0 1 0 - 1
First Period: No Scoring
Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; OSU: 2 for 4 minutes.
Second Period: OSU: Mathieu Beaudoin 8 (Tom Fritsche, Dave Caruso), 14:24.
Penalties: ND: 2 for 4 minutes; OSU: 2 for 4 minutes.
Third Period: No Scoring.
Penalties: ND: 0 for 0 minutes; OSU: 0 for 0 minutes.
Shots On Goal:
Notre Dame 10 - 11 - 7 - 28
Ohio State 4 - 10 - 8 - 22
ND - David Brown (59:33) 4 - 9 - 8 - 21
OSU - Dave Caruso (60:00) 10 - 11 - 7 - 28
ND: 0 for 4
OSU: 0 for 3