Jake Evans leads the Irish with 19 assists.

#13 Notre Dame Heads to New Hampshire for Weekend Series

Jan. 20, 2016

By Dan Colleran

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Match-up: Notre Dame at New Hampshire
Date: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Durham, New Hampshire
Arena: Whittemore Center (6,501)
Television: None
Live Streaming: unhwildcats.tv
Live Radio: New Country 99.9 FM
Play-by-Play: Darin Pritchett
Live Audio: WatchND App (www.watchND.tv)
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All-Time Series: UNH leads, 7-3-0 (10 games)

Match-up: Notre Dame at New Hampshire
Date: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Site: Durham, New Hampshire
Arena: Whittemore Center (6,501)
Television: WBIN-TV (local) & Fox College Atlantic
Play-By-Play: Dan Parkhurst
Analysis: Pete Webster
Live Streaming: unhwildcats.tv
Live Radio: New Country 99.9 FM
Play-by-Play: Darin Pritchett
Live Audio: WatchND App (www.watchND.tv)
Play-by-Play: Darin Pritchett
Live Stats: Hockeyeastonline.com
Live Updates: @NDHockey

With the nation’s longest unbeaten streak (7-0-3), the Irish head out on the road to take on New Hampshire, looking for their first ever win at the Whittemore Center (0-3-0).

Notre Dame carries a nation-best, 10-game unbeaten streak (7-0-3) into Friday night’s game with the Wildcats, marking its longest active unbeaten streak in the nation.
The 10-game unbeaten streak ties for the sixth-longest mark in program history and is Notre Dame’s longest unbeaten stretch since going 8-0-3 from Oct. 21 – Nov. 21, 2012.
The current unbeaten streak dates back to a 3-1 win over Western Michigan on Nov. 28 (the consolation game of the Shillelagh Tournament).
The Irish are averaging 4.0 goals-per game during the unbeaten streak.
Sophomore goaltender Cal Petersen, who has started all 23 Notre Dame games this season, has posted a 1.60 goal-against average and a .948 save percentage during the unbeaten streak.
Sophomore Anders Bjork (6-7-13) and Jordan Gross (2-8-10) leads the team in scoring during the streak.

New Hampshire enters the weekend with an 8-10-4 record (2-4-4 HEA), including a 5-5-1 mark at the Whittemore Center.
Last weekend, the Wildcats were swept by Northeastern in a home-and-home series, including a 4-2 loss at Matthews Arena and a 6-2 loss at the Whittemore Center.
Led by the nation’s leading scorer, sophomore Andrew Poturalski (18-20-38), New Hampshire ranks ninth in the country with a 3.57 goals-per game average.
But the Wildcats are giving up an average of 3.44 goals per game (51st in the country).
In addition to Poturalski, junior forward Tyler Kelleher has also reached 35 points (6-29-35), while senior Dan Correale has 14 goals on the year (14-5-19).
In net, sophomore Daniel Tirone has played the majority of the minutes, posting a 6-10-4 record to go along with a 3.49 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage.

— Dating back to the 1990-91 season, the Irish and Wildcats have met just 10 times, including four times since Notre Dame joined the Hockey East Association.
— New Hampshire leads the all-time series 7-3-0, including a 3-1-0 mark in Hockey East games and a 4-0-0 record at home (3-0-0 at the Whittemore Center).

Mario Lucia 4 GP, 3-1-4
Steven Fogarty 4 GP, 2-1-3
Jordan Gross 2 GP, 0-3-3
Thomas DiPauli 4 GP, 0-2-2
Anders Bjork 2 GP, 0-1-1
Tony Bretzman 2 GP, 1-0-1
Ben Ostlie 2 GP, 1-0-1
Luke Ripley 2 GP, 0-1-1
Ali Thomas 2 GP, 0-1-1
Dawson Cook 1 GP, 0-0-0
Jake Evans 1 GP, 0-0-0
Sam Herr 4 GP, 0-0-0
Connor Hurley 2 GP, 0-0-0
Andy Ryan 4 GP, 0-0-0
Justin Wade 2 GP, 0-0-0
Cal Petersen 1-1 (GP-GS), 0-1-0, 6.84 GAA, .727 Sv.%
Chad Katunar 2-1 (GP-GS), 1-0-0, 3.20 GAA, .894 Sv.%

— Notre Dame has now taken a 1-0 lead in 19 of 23 games this season (83%).
The Irish are 12-2-5 when scoring first.
Notre Dame is out-scoring opponents 26-9 in the first period.
The 19 first goals is the highest total in the country, followed by Quinnipiac (18), North Dakota (17) and St. Cloud State (17).

After helping lead Notre Dame to a weekend sweep of Merrimack by scoring two goals and adding three assists, freshman defenseman Bobby Nardella was named the Hockey East Association’s Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week (Jan. 18).
In Friday night’s 7-2 win (Jan. 15), Nardella registered a career-best three points on a goal and two assists.
Then in Saturday night’s 5-1 win (Jan. 16), Nardella scored a goal and added an assist for his fourth multi-point game of the season.
His goal on Saturday, scored early in the second period, proved to be his first career game winner and it was also his first career power-play tally.
Over the weekend, Nardella extended his point streak to five games (2-7-9), a career-long mark.
Nardella was also named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Oct. 26.

Sophomore goaltender Cal Petersen has started each of Notre Dame’s first 23 games of the 2015-16 season.
Dating back to last season, he has started each of Notre Dame’s last 36 games.
His 643 saves this season rank as the second most nationally, trailing only Colton Phinney of Princeton (649).
In Hockey East play this season, Petersen is 8-1-2 with a 1.72 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.
Petersen is also one of only four Hockey East goaltenders to have played at least 90 percent of their team’s minutes in goal (entering the Jan. 22-23 weekend):
1. Kevin Boyle, UML — 99.2%
2. Cal Petersen, ND — 98.2%
3. Nick Ellis, PC — 93.1%
4. Thatcher Demko, BC — 90.3%

With a goal and an assist in Notre Dame’s 7-2 win over Merrimack (Jan. 15), senior forward Mario Lucia hit the 100-career points milestone 54-46-100.
— Lucia became the 49th Notre Dame player to reach 100 career points and the first since the 2012-13 season when both Anders Lee (61-55-116) and T.J. Tynan (54-107-161) reached 100 points.
— After scoring three goals in the first 19 games of the season, Lucia has scored three goals over the past four games , beginning with the Western Michigan series (Jan. 8-9).

Anders Bjork has a career-long, eight game points streak (6-7-13) and he has scored a goal in four consecutive games since returning from the World Junior Championship.
Bobby Nardella (2-7-9) and Sam Herr (4-2-6) have five-game point streaks.
Jake Evans (2-6-8) has four-game point
Mario Lucia (2-1-3) has a two-game point streak.

— The balanced Irish attack features 11 players with at least 10 points on the season, while 19 players have scored at least one goal this season.
— Notre Dame’s 19 goal scorers are tied with Merrimack for the most in Hockey East, followed by Vermont (18).
Anders Bjork (9-15-24) leads the team in scoring, followed by Jake Evans (4-19-23).
— Bjork also leads the team with nine goals.
— Evans leads the team with 19 assists.
— In the 7-1 win over Western Michigan (Jan. 8), seven players scored and each Notre Dame forward finished with at least one point.

— ND —

Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and men’s golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08).