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#16 Irish Return Home To Host #8 Michigan

WHO: #16 Notre Dame (7-6-1, 5-4-1-0-1-1 B1G) vs. #8/8 Michigan (8-6-0,  6-6-0-1-0-0 B1G)
WHEN: Thursday, January 21 – 6:30 p.m. ET | Friday, January 22 – 6:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: Compton Family Ice Arena
WATCH: Thursday – RSNs & | Friday – NBCSN &
LISTEN: 94.3 FM |


  • The Fighting Irish are coming off a weekend sweep of then No. 1 Minnesota and have won three of their four games since returning from winter break.
  • Junior forward Graham Slaggert was named the Big Ten’s First Star of the Week (Jan. 19).
  • Slaggert and the Irish posted a 3-2 win in game one at Minnesota, with Slaggert assisting on Notre Dame’s first two goals and adding the third period game winner.
  • It marked a career-best three points for the South Bend, Indiana native who now has a career-best 11 points (4-7-11) on the season.
  • The Irish went on to post a 2-1 win in game two against the Gophers.
  • Ryan Bischel earned the game one win, totaling 17 saves, while Dylan St. Cyr stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced to win game two.
  • Notre Dame’s seven game-winning goals this season have been scored by six players: Jesse Lansdell, Alex Steeves, Grant Silianoff, Graham Slaggert (2), Nick Leivermann and Max Ellis.
  • Landon Slaggert returned from winning gold with Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship (Jan. 5) to score a pair of goals in Notre Dame’s 5-3 win over Arizona State (Jan. 9) in his first game back and he has four points in four games on three goals and an assist.
  • Matt Hellickson has played 131-consecutive games dating back to the first game of his freshman season.
  • Freshman defenseman and Edina, Minnesota native Jake Boltmann joined the Irish for the second semester.
  • The Irish have won four in a row against the Wolverines.
  • This weekend’s series has the potential to feature a combined 17 NHL draft picks (nine on Notre Dame, eight for Michigan).
  • Notre Dame (18 points) and Michigan (17 points) currently rank third and fourth in the Big Ten standings, but the Wolverines have played two more conference games than the Irish.


  • All-time, Michigan leads the series 80-65-5, however, since their final season in the CCHA (2012-13), the Irish hold the edge with a 14-7-0 record.
  • Notre Dame leads the series 9-6-0 since joining the Big Ten and Notre Dame has an active four-game winning streak against the Wolverines.
  • In addition to winning the last four games against Michigan, Notre Dame has a fivegame winning streak at Yost Ice Arena.
  • Earlier this season, goaltender Ryan Bischel led the Irish to a weekend sweep at then No. 4/3 Michigan on Nov. 27 (W, 3-2) and Nov. 28 (W, 2-1).
  • Bischel stopped 55 of 58 shots he faced in the series for a .948 save percentage to go along with a 1.50 goals against average.
  • Notre Dame goal scorers in that series included Nick Leiveramann, Nate Clurman, Grant Silianoff (GWG), Spencer Stastney and Alex Steeves (GWG).