Irish beat Buckeyes in OT Thriller to Claim Big Ten Hockey Title

In their first season in the conference, the #3 Irish hockey team completed the Big Ten Tournament and regular season sweep after beating #4 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship. Cam Morrison scored nine minutes into the overtime period on a pass from Jake Evans to clinch the title for ND. The win earns  the Irish a bid to the NCAA Tournament, and locks up the #2 overall seed. Notre Dame will head to Bridgeport, Connecticut as the top seed in the East Region. They’ll face Michigan Tech in the first round on Friday, March 23rd. Should they advance, they’ll take on the winner of Clarkson and Providence the following day with a shot at another Frozen Four on the line.

Notre Dame took an early lead on a goal by Bo Brauer four minutes into the game. They doubled their advantage on a one-timer by defenseman Matt Hellickson on the power play later in the period. The Irish looked to be cruising into the first intermission, but struggled through most of the second and third periods. The Buckeyes scored early in the second period on a goal by Brenden Kearney to halve the lead. Ohio State defenseman Matt Miller tied it less than two minutes into the third. The damage could have been worse, but Irish goaltender Cale Morris made 42 saves on the night. The Irish had a couple chances late in regulation, but Buckeyes netminder Sean Romeo kept the game tied after 60 minutes. The Irish dominated the OT period forcing Romeo into multiple tough saves. Dennis Gilbert wrung the post on a shot from the point that fooled a number of home fans into thinking the game was over. A couple minutes later, Morrison ended the game with his snipe that beat Romeo. Irish captain Jake Evans assisted on the first and third goals for ND, and collected the trophy following the game.

Irish Earn Lots of Hardware

Unsurprisingly, the Irish, who ran away with the Big Ten regular season title after winning their first 13 conference games, cleaned up the end of season awards. Evans, Morris, and defenseman Jordan Gross were named to the All Big Ten First Team. Morris also earned Goaltender of the Year and Player of the Year honors. Morris, Morrison, and Gross made the All Tournament Team with Morris collecting the tournament MVP. The Irish already raised one banner for the regular season title, and will add another for the tournament crown. At this time, 18 Stripes staff and friends are debating the best course of action for all of this Big Ten memorabilia. Leading candidates include destroying all B1G awards, trophies, and banner via bonfire and/or steamroller during a tailgate before the Michigan football game next fall, storing them in the old trough-style urinals from the old football stadium, or petitioning the league to rename the hockey conference to something more Irish-appropriate (feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below).

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The boys looked great last night! With lax finally overcoming their Denver achille’s heel. let’s hope hockey does the same in the NCAAs.

As for the trophy, I was committed to the steamroller plan, but see the wisdom of the urinal trough trophy case, so long as the architecture student who provides the design also gets credit towards a master’s degree for it.

Clearwall
Clearwall

Yeah, I feel kind of dirty winning the Integer title, but hey, for hockey I guess it’s all right. I mean, Michigan(when they don’t suck in hockey) are usually a really good draw. Minny had a big down year but they usually have a top tier team. So the opponents in the B1G are better for us than we had in Hockey east. Hell, the conference got 4 teams and a miracle kept a 5th one out. It’s a premier hockey conference. But yeah, I’d love to tell them to go eff themselves somehow or at least rub our victory in their land grant faces.

Tournament will be real fun, I think. We should roll past MT pretty handily and hopefully get Clarkson in rd 2. Then hopefully exorcise the Frozen Four demon and win that sucker. Take a look at that midwestern regional, though. Holy hell that is going to be a TOUGH road for whomever comes out of that. Ohio State, Penn State AND Denver. Eeeks.

Andy Roberts

I still hate seeing that stupid logo on our jerseys and on our ice, but blasting through the league is a decent consolation (as is the fact that we kept our NBCSN deal).

Mr. Wednesday
Mr. Wednesday

So much for rolling past MTU pretty handily. Yikes! Could be worse, though… St Cloud (overall #1 seed) is out.