Notre Dame hockey capsule Nov. 2

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Who: Notre Dame (3-2-1) vs. Ohio State (3-2-1).

Where: Lefty Smith Rink (5,022 capacity) at Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend.

When: Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. ET.

TV: NBC Sports App Friday; NBC Sports Network Saturday.

Radio: WZOC-FM (94.3).

Rankings: (media) – Notre Dame No. 5, Ohio State No. 7; USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (coaches) – Notre Dame No. 5, Ohio State No. 9.

Recaps: Defending NCAA champion Minnesota Duluth swept then top-ranked Irish 3-2 and 3-1 to move to No. 1 in this week’s polls. … Buckeyes skated to a 2-2 overtime tie Saturday at No. 9/10 Bowling Green after the Falcons skated to an 8-2 victory at Ohio State.

Rivalry: They don’t get any closer than this – the Irish and Buckeyes have played 78 games and each has won 34. … Last season, Notre Dame began its first season in Big Ten with 4-1, 5-2 victories in Columbus on Nov. 3-4, victories 2 and 3 in the 16-game winning streak. … A 2-1 victory in South Bend Feb. 9 clinched the regular-season title before the Buckeyes won the next night, 5-1. … The teams then met March 17 for the Big Ten Championship at Compton and the Irish prevailed, 3-2, on Cam Morrison’s goal at 9:23 of overtime.

Shavings: Coach Jeff Jackson’s next victory will be 300that Notre Dame in 14 seasons; Lefty Smith had 307 in 19 seasons from 1968-87. … Senior defenseman Bobby Nardella paces Irish with 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) with junior forward Cal Burke a point behind thanks to team-high 5 goals. … Junior goalie Cale Morris has 2.78 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout. … Coach Steve Rohlik’s Buckeyes paced by junior forward Carson Meyer (4 goals, 3 assists, 7 points) and senior forward Mason Jobst (3-3-6). … Sophomore Tommy Nappier has 1.50 average and .950 save percentage while splitting time with last year’s starter Sean Romeo. … Sophomore Austin Pooley is son of former Buckeye standout Perry Pooley and nephew of Irish associate coach Paul Pooley, Buckeyes’ all-time leading scorer.

Overtime: This weekend’s series is only one in Big Ten and fans may see league’s new overtime procedure. … In the past, league contests tied in regulation went immediately to five-minute, 5-on-5 sudden-death period and, if neither team scored, then into shootout. … This season, five-minute, 5-on-5 sudden-death period will be followed by five-minute, 3-on-3 sudden-death period and then shootout.

Quoting Jackson: “(Ohio State) was picked to be first in the conference and they deserve that … It’s close to the same team they had when we played them here for the championship.” … (On new overtime) “There’s some strategy involved with it. I spoke with some NHL coaches and (associate coach) Andy Slaggert reached out to a few guys in NHL (Tampa Bay, Detroit) to get their insights. It’s about speed and creativity.”

– John Fineran, Tribune Correspondent