MADISON, Wis. — Alex Steeves netted the game winner 1:58 into overtime as the #3/4 Irish posted a 5-4 overtime victory at #15 Wisconsin on Saturday night at Kohl Center.
Trevor Janicke, Cam Burke, Jesse Lansdell and Colin Theisen also scored for Notre Dame. Defenseman Nate Clurman collected a pair of assists and had a game-saving play in overtime.
Theisen’s goal eliminated a 4-3 deficit in the third period, paving the way for Steeves’ overtime heroics.
Cale Morris posted 31 saves to bring his weekend total to 63, while Wisconsin’s Daniel Lebedeff also made 31 stops.
The Irish were 0-for-2 on the power play while the Badgers finished 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
How It Happened
Just 34 seconds into the game, the Irish took a 1-0 lead when Janicke worked his way to just outside the goal crease and sent a loose puck high past Daniel Lebedeff for his fifth goal of the season. Lansdell had the initial shot after Janicke set him up in front with a pass from below the goal line, while Clurman had the second assist on the play.
Wisconsin’s Dylan Halloway made it a 1-1 game at 6:37 of the first when he finished a 3-on-2 chance that developed at the offensive blue line for his second goal of the season.
Cam Burke gave the Irish a 2-1 lead at 11:17 of the first when he crashed the net and forced a rebound following a Matt Steeves shot low past Lebedeff for his second goal of the season, with Clurman also earning the second assist.
Alex Steeves then rang one off the post from the high slot and the rebound went directly to a Wisconsin player who sent a quick pass the other way to create a three-on-one chance that Linus Weissbach finished to tie the game at 2-2 with seven minutes left in the first.
Notre Dame opened the second period by successfully killing off a 43-second Wisconsin power play.
Lansdell then scored his first career goal at 3:49 of the second to give the Irish a 3-2 lead. The freshman winger tipped in a Nick Leivermann blast from the point after Jake Pivonka won an offensive zone faceoff to earn the second assist.
Just one minute after the Irish re-took the lead, Morrismade a breakaway stop on Cole Caufield to keep Notre Dame in front.
The teams traded chances as the second period wore on but the Irish took the 3-2 lead to the locker room.
Just 31 seconds into the third period the Badgers once again tied the game, this time at 3-3, when Wyatt Kalynuk beat Morris from the bottom of the near circle for his second goal of the season.
K’Andre Miller gave the Badgers their first lead of the night at 10:57 of the third when his shot found its way through a screen in front for a power-play goal.
But as they have done all season, the Irish answered late in the third. This time it was Colin Theisen’s fourth goal of the season which tied it up, 4-4, at 13:36.
Then a frantic overtime period saw Nate Clurman pull a puck off the Irish goal line after a game-saving Morris stop and then Alex Steeves provided the heroics at the other end with his second goal of the season proving to be the difference.
- Notre Dame (8-1-1, 4-1-1-0 B1G) continues a stretch of four consecutive road games next weekend with a two-game series at Michigan State on Nov. 22-23.
- Both games will begin at 7 p.m. ET and they will be streamed via BTN+ ($).
- This marked the third occasion that the Irish overcame a third-period deficit to win this season. Notre Dame did it twice in last weekend’s sweep of Ohio State.
- With a pair of assists in the first period, Nate Clurman posted his first career multi-point game.
- The sophomore defenseman now has five assists on the season after posting three assists in 38 games as a freshman.
- With his first career goal and an assist, freshman Jesse Lansdell recorded his first career multi-point game.
- Lansdell became Notre Dame’s 16th goal scorer this season.