Oct. 10, 2003
Columbus, Ohio – Senior right wing Rob Globke scored three goals and sophomore goaltender Rory Walsh turned aside 31 shots in his first career start to give Notre Dame a 5-2 win over the 15th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes Friday night at the Value Center Arena.
Globke scored Notre Dame’s first three goals of the game for his second career hat trick and then got third-period scoring help from Aaron Gill and Cory McLean in the 5-2 victory. The win was the first season-opening win for the Irish since Oct. 2, 1998. Notre Dame is now 19-16-1 all-time in season openers.
“It was a nice way to get the season started,” said Irish coach Dave Poulin.
“I think I can name just about everyone in that locker room who played a key role in this win. It’s definitely encouraging the way we played tonight.”
Ohio State started the scoring, getting on the board at 6:45 of the opening period. Freshman forward Matt Beaudoin slid a pass from behind the Irish goal, to the right of Walsh, to Rod Pelley at the bottom of the left wing circle. Pelley held off a Notre Dame defenseman and fired a shot over Walsh’s glove for his first of the year.
Globke evened the game at 12:11 with his first of the season and the 50th of his career. Center Matt Amado slid a pass ahead to the senior right wing that split the defense and fired the puck over OSU’s Dave Caruso for a 1-1 score.
Notre Dame’s top scorer in 2002-03, gave the Irish their first lead of the night when he scored his second of the period at 17:15. With the two teams playing four-on-four, Globke took a feed from defenseman Tom Galvin in the slot a fired a shot low to the ice to beat Caruso for the 2-1 lead.
Ohio State would tie the game at 2-2 just 3:59 into the second period. Walsh stopped an initial shot from the point by defenseman Doug Andress but couldn’t control the rebound. Paul Caponigri jumped on the loose puck to the left of Walsh and flipped it over the sophomore goaltender.
Globke would pick up his third goal of the night at 10:39 of the second period via the power play. With OSU’s Scott May off for a cross-checking minor, Globke took a feed from Aaron Gill in the slot and buried it behind Caruso to make it 3-2 after two periods of play.
The hat trick was the second of Globke’s career and marked the first time a Notre Dame player picked up a hat trick in a CCHA opener since Oct. 19, 1995 when Brian Urick scored four goals in a 7-4 win over Alaska Fairbanks. The game was also the first win of Dave Poulin’s Irish coaching career.
In the third period, Notre Dame tacked on insurance goals by Gill (power-play goal at 13:54) and Cory McLean at 17:48.
In between, Walsh held the fort for the Irish in goal. The sophomore, made 12 stops in the first period while the Irish got their legs on his way to 31 for the night.
“Rory’s a battler. He had the toughest role in hockey last season. The third goalie on a team with a guy like Morgan Cey and a senior back up in Tony Zasowski,” said Poulin.
“He didn’t get in any games last year, but he worked hard in practice and his conditioning this season was outstanding coming in. He really battled tonight and made some big saves when it was a one-goal game.”
The Irish return to action tonight versus the Buckeyes, when the two teams meet at Value City Arena at 7:05 p.m. (EDT).
** Rory Walsh, who made his first collegiate start in goal for the Irish versus Ohio State, is the son of former Irish All-American, Brian Walsh (’77). The elder Walsh is Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer with 89 goals, 145 assists for 234 career points. Rory becomes the first son of a former Irish player to play a game for Notre Dame.
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 3 - F
Notre Dame (1-0-0/1-0-0) 2 1 2 - 5
Ohio State (1-2-0/0-1-0) 1 1 0 - 2
First Period: OSU: Rod Pelley 1 (Matt Beaudoin), 6:45; ND: Rob Globke 1 (Matt Amado, Cory McLean), 12:11; ND: Globke 2 (Tom Galvin, Aaron Gill), 17:15.
Penalties: ND: 3 for 6 minutes; OSU: 4 for 8 minutes.
Second Period: OSU: Paul Caponigri 3 (Doug Andress, Dan Knapp), 3:59; ND: Globke 3 (A. Gill, Neil Komadoski), ppg, 10:39
Penalties: ND: 2 for 4 minutes; OSU: 2 for 4 minutes.
Third Period: ND: Aaron Gill 1 (Tim Wallace, Brett Lebda), ppg, 13:34; ND: McLean 1 (Wallace, Galvin), 17:48
Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; OSU: 2 for 4 minutes.
Shots On Goal:
Notre Dame 9 - 11 - 9 - 29
Ohio State 13 - 11 - 9 - 33
ND - Rory Walsh (60:00) 12 - 10 - 9 - 31
OSU - Dave Caruso (60:00) 7 - 10 - 7 - 24