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#2 Irish Erase Two-Goal Deficit To Down Penn State 5-3

Feb. 2, 2018 |

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By Dan Colleran

— The second-ranked Fighting Irish outscored the Nittany Lions 5-1 over the final two periods of play to post a 5-3 comeback win at No. 17 Penn State on Friday night at the Pegula Ice Arena (6,229).

Penn State jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period of play, but Notre Dame closed strong with goals from Andrew Oglevie (11), Bo Brauer (3,4), Andrew Peeke (3) and Dawson Cook (6) to improve to 21-5-1 overall and 15-2-0-0 in the Big Ten.

Joe Wegwerth and Bobby Nardella each notched a pair of assists in the win, while Cale Morris finished with a career-high 48 saves in the Notre Dame net.

In the Penn State (13-12-4, 6-9-4-2 B1G) goal, Peyton Jones totaled 32 saves.

Notre Dame finished 1-for-1 on the power play as Peeke notched his first career power-play goal. The Irish also came up with two big penalty kills early in the second and third periods to hold the Nittany Lions to a 0-for-2 mark with the man advantage.


2-1 | Peyton Jones fought off a Dylan Malmquist slapshot and Cal Burke kept the rebound alive, getting the puck back to Dennis Gilbert at the far point. Gilbert sent a pass to the bottom of the near circle, where Andrew Oglevie hammered a one-timer past Jones for his 11th goal of the season at 4:00 of the second period.

2-2 | With Joe Wegwerth providing a screen in front, Andrew Peeke sent a shot from the point low past Jones for his third goal of the season at 9:01 of the second period. The power-play goal was assisted by Malmquist and Wegwerth. It marked Peeke’s first career power-play goal.

3-3 | Matt Hellickson hit Joe Wegwerth with a seam pass on the breakout and Wegwerth broke in on the Penn State goal, bringing a Nittany Lion defenseman over to his side of the ice. Jones also moved towards Wegwerth as he got closer to the goal and the junior laid the puck back to the slot where Bo Brauer fired home his third goal of the season.

4-3 | Notre Dame took the lead when Brauer notched his second of the night at 4:21 of the third period. Bobby Nardella skated in from the point and took the puck behind the net, where he played a give-and-go with Jack Jenkins. When Nardella got the puck back, he fed Brauer in the slot and the senior from Edina, Minnesota fired high past Jones for his second career two-goal game.

5-3 | Dawson Cook’s wrist shot from the half boards beat Jones low for the final 5-3 scoreline, with assists going to Mike O’Leary and Nardella.


  • Jordan Gross skated in the 146th consecutive game of his Irish career (dating back to the first game of his freshman season).
  • Jake Evans skated in his 118th consecutive game dating back to his freshman season.
  • Andrew Peeke scored his first career power-play goal.
  • Joe Wegwerth posted his first career two-assist game.
  • Bo Brauer posted his second career two-goal game and his third career multi-point game (first of the season).
  • Cale Morris made a career-high 48 saves in his 20th win of the season.
  • Notre Dame improved to 11-1-0 this season in true road games (11-2-0 away from the Compton Family Ice Arena).
  • Bobby Nardella tied his career high with two assists and posted his fifth multi-point game of the season and the 12th of his career.


Notre Dame and Penn State close out their regular-season series on Saturday afternoon with a 4:00 p.m. game at the Pegula Ice Arena.

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Dan Colleran, Director of Athletics Communications 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 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 a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).