Jan. 10, 2007
Notre Dame, Ind. –
â€¢ The Series: #5/#5 Notre Dame (17-4-1/11-2-1) at #15/#15 Lake Superior St. (13-6-3/7-4-3)
â€¢ Date/Site/Time: Fri.,-Sat., Jan, 12-13 â€¢ 7:35/7:05 p.m. â€¢ Taffy Abel Arena (4,000)
â€¢ Broadcast Information: Radio: Notre Dame hockey can be heard live on ESPN Radio 1490 South Bend’s SportsCenter.
â€¢ Internet: Irish hockey can be heard on the internet at the Notre Dame website – www.und.com. All Notre Dame home games and all CCHA games are available via gametracker.
A RACE TO THE FINISH: Notre Dame enters the second week of January with 14 CCHA games left on the schedule (six at home and eight on the road) to finish the 2006-07 regular season. The Irish travel to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., this weekend to face the Lake Superior State Lakers on Jan. 12-13 at Taffy Abel Arena. Notre Dame comes into the weekend with a 17-4-1 overall record and an 11-2-1 mark in the CCHA, good for 23 points and a share of first place with the Miami RedHawks. The Lakers start the week with a 13-6-3 overall record and are 7-4-3 in the CCHA for 17 points and a share of fourth place with Michigan State, one point behind third-place Michigan. The Irish and Lakers have two games in hand on Miami and one on Michigan State in fourth place. Both teams come into the week ranked as Notre Dame is ranked fifth in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine and the USCHO.com/CSTV poll. Lake Superior is ranked 15th in each poll as the CCHA currently has five teams in the national rankings as the Irish and Lakers are joined by Miami (6th), Michigan State (10th) and Michigan (13th).
IRISH VERSUS LAKERS: The two teams have met 41 times in the all-time series with Lake Superior holding a 23-17-4 edge. At Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., the Lakers are 13-6-1 against the Irish. The two teams met twice last year at the Joyce Center with each team winning one game. Notre Dame’s last win at Taffy Abel Arena came on March, 6, 2004, a 2-1 Irish win.After winning seven staight games between 2001 and the start of the 2003-04 season, the Irish are 2-3-2 in the last seven meetings between the two schools.
BACK WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Irish head coach Jeff Jackson returns to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to face Lake Superior for the first time since taking over behind the Notre Dame bench in May of 2005. Jackson got his start in Division I hockey at Lake Superior as an assistant in 1987 and spent 10 seasons there as an assistant, as head coach and as athletics director. In six seasons as head coach with the Lakers (1990-96), Jackson’s teams were 182-52-25 with two national championships (1992, 1994), two CCHA regular-season titles and four CCHA tournament championships. Now in his eighth season behind a collegiate bench, Jackson is 212-75-30 with a .716 winning percentage. He has the best winning percentage among active coaches with five or more years experience and his 212 wins rank him 22nd among active coaches. Included in his 212 career wins are 36 postseason victories and a .800 winning percentage (36-9 in postseason). In CCHA postseason action at Lake Superior, Jackson’s teams were 24-2 (.923) with the two losses coming to Michigan in CCHA Championship games (`94 and `96).
Irish Hobey Baker Award candidate David Brown is 16-3-1 with a 1.74 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage heading into the Lake Superior State series.
HOBEY WATCH: Two Notre Dame players – goaltender David Brown (Sr., Stoney Creek, Ont.) and right wing Mark Van Guilder (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) – are among 40 players listed by the Hobey Baker Award website as candidate’s for the prestigious honor. Phase one of – Vote For Hobey – is now underway. Fans now have the opportunity to select their favorite candidate for the list of top ten finalists on the new Hobey Baker Award website (www.hobeybaker.com). Fans may vote for one candidate at a time, but can vote multiple times per day. The standings will run concurrently on the Hobey Baker website. Voting in phase one will end on March 4. Phase two will begin on March 15 after the top ten finalists have been announced. To vote, visit the Vote For Hobey link on the Hobey Baker website, or just click on the Vote For Hobey button on the site’s homepage. Brown comes into the Lake Superior series with a 16-3-1 record to go with a 1.74 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. His 16 wins lead the nation while his goals against leads the CCHA and is third in the country. Brown’s save percentage is second in the conference and 13th nationally. Van Guilder is in the midst of a career season as he leads Notre Dame with 13 goals and is second in scoring with 12 assists for 25 points to rank second on the Irish in scoring.
Speedy freshman Kevin Deeth recorded his first career hat trick in the 6-2 win at Robert Morris on Jan. 5.
ROBERT MORRIS RECAP: The Fighting Irish saw their seven-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, Jan. 7 when they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Robert Morris Colonials at the Joyce Center. In the opening game of the series on Jan. 5 at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena, the Irish dealt the Colonials a 6-2 loss in front of 3,420, the largest crowd ever to watch a Robert Morris hockey game. Freshman Kevin Deeth (Gig Harbor, Wash.) led the Irish with a hat trick and sophomore Erik Condra (Livonia, Mich.) turned in a five-point night (1g, 4a) in the victory. Josh Sciba (Sr., Westland, Mich.) and Ryan Thang (Fr., Edina, Minn.) added goals for the Irish. Notre Dame scored first in the game when Deeth scored on the power play just 1:26 into the game for his ninth of the season. Condra built the lead to 2-0 at 7:14 when he scored his first career short-handed goal. Robert Morris cut the lead to 2-1 on a Logan Bittle power-play goal at 17:09. Deeth picked up his second goal of the game and the eventual game winner at 1:28 of the second for his 10th of the year to give Notre Dame a 3-1 lead. The Colonials cut that lead to 3-2 at 8:43 when David Bogauslawski beat David Brown (Sr., Stoney Creek, Ont.) from the slot for his seventh of the year. That was as close as they would get though. Sciba picked up his sixth of the year at 17:18 of the second to give the Irish a 4-2 lead after two periods. Deeth wrapped up his hat trick at 8:26 of the third and Thang scored his 10th of the year on a power-play goal at 18:33 for the 6-2 final. The Irish out shot Robert Morris, 30-19, in the game. Brown finished with 17 saves in picking up his 16th win of the year. Christian Boucher had 23 saves for the Colonials. Defensemen Brett Blatchford (Fr., Temperance, Mich.) and Noah Babin (Sr., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) had two assists in the game. On Sunday afternoon, the Irish took a 2-0 lead in the second period only to see Robert Morris score the final four goals of the game to upset the Irish. Garrett Regan (So., Hastings, Minn.) gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead with his eighth of the season via the power play at 19:10 of the first. Thang notched his second goal of the weekend and 11th of the season when he added a power-play goal of his own at 7:21 of the second to give the Irish a 2-0 lead. Jeff Gilbert began the Robert Morris comeback with his fourth of the year at 10:02 to make it 2-1 after two periods. The Colonials added three in the third as David Boguslawski (ppg), Jason Towsley and Doug Conley (ppg) lit the lamp. The Irish out shot Robert Morris by a 36-15 margin in the game. Sophomore Jordan Pearce (Anchorage, Alaska) made 11 saves for Notre Dame while Joe Tuset had 34 in the Colonial nets. The Irish were just 2-for-11 on the power play while Robert Morris was 2-for-3.
SICK BAY: The Irish will again be without the services of radio announcer Mike Lockert for this weekend’s series at Lake Superior State. Lockert is sidelined due to eye surgery over the Christmas break. He is expected back for the Miami series on Jan. 26-27 at the Joyce Center.
TIED FOR FIRST: With an 11-2-1 record in the CCHA, Notre Dame finds itself tied for first in the conference with the Miami RedHawks with 23 points after Miami’s weekend split with Michigan State. The Irish have two games in hand on the RedHawks. The two teams have a five-point lead on third-place Michigan and a six-point lead on Michigan State and Lake Superior as those two teams are tied for fourth with 17 points. Michigan has played 14 league contests while the Spartans have played 15 league games and the Lakers have played 14. In 17 years as a member of the CCHA this is the latest that the Irish have ever been in first place in the conference.
BATTLE OF THE MASKED MEN: This weekend’s series at Lake Superior State features the top two goaltenders in the CCHA and in the nation. For Notre Dame, David Brown will man the pipes and comes into the weekend ranked first in the CCHA in goals-against average (1.77) and second in save percentage (.927). He is first in wins (16) and third in minutes played with 1,207:05. His goals against is second in the nation, save percentage is 13th, wins is first and minutes played is third. Lake Superior’s Jeff Jakaitis is second in the CCHA with a 1.78 goals against (fifth in nation) and leads in save percentage with a .949 mark (second nationally). Jakaitis is 8-5-3 on the year and has played 908:55. Brown is 2-2-1 against the Lakers with a 3.26 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage. Jakaitis is 3-2-2 against the Irish with a 1.41 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage. He has a pair of shutouts against Notre Dame in his seven appearances.
Freshman defenseman Kyle Lawson returns to the Irish lineup after helping the U.S. Junior National Team to a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships.
BACK WITH A BRONZE MEDAL: Notre Dame freshman defenseman Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich.) returns to the Irish lineup this weekend after missing four games while playing for the U.S. Junior National Team at the 2006-07 World Junior Championships in Sweden. Lawson, an alternate captain for the U.S. team, and his teammates collected a bronce medal in the tournament. Lawson is tied for second in scoring among Irish defensemen with two goals and eight assists for 10 points. He is second on the team and second in the CCHA with a +15 rating. Lawson is the 10th Notre Dame player to be selected to the U.S. Junior National Team and the first since Rob Globke `04 and Brett Lebda `04 played for the 2001-02 team. Besides Globke and Lebda, the seven other Irish players to play in the world juniors are: Jack Brownschidle (`76-’77 and `78-’79), Ben Simon (`96-’97 and `97-’98), Joe Dusbabek (`97-’98), Dan Carlson (`98-’99), Connor Dunlop (`99-’00 and `00-’01), Brett Henning (`99-’00), David Inman (`99-’00). Globke was a member of the 2000-01 and `01-’02 teams while Lebda was on the `01-’02 teams.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU: Senior goaltender David Brown had his first game off (Jan. 7) since Nov. 26 after making 16 consecutive starts for the Irish. He has now appeared in 20 of the team’s 22 games. The Hobey Baker candidate is 16-3-1 on the season with a 1.74 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. His goals against is first in the CCHA and third in the nation while his save percentage is second in the conference and 13th overall.. Brown leads the CCHA and the country in wins with 16 and his .825 winning percentage is third among all goaltenders. He is third in the nation in minutes played with 1207:05, trailing Northern Michigan’s Bill Zaniboni and Michigan’s Billy Sauer. Brown and the Irish defense rank second in the nation in goals against, giving up jsut 39 goals in 22 games for a 1.77 average that leads the nation. Brown’s 16 wins are a career-high, passing his mark of 14 set in 2003-04 when he was 14-7-1 on the season. The senior goaltender also recorded his 41st career win on Jan. 5, making him just one of five Irish goaltenders to win 40 in his career. His 41 career wins tie him for fourth all-time among Irish goaltenders. Brown has twice been named CCHA goaltender of the week this season (Oct. 23 and Nov. 6) and was also the all-tournament goaltender at the Lightning College Hockey Classic. This season, Brown has taken over Notre Dame’s all-time top spot for career goals-against average (2.53), save percentage (.913) and shutouts (8).
MR. STEADY: Junior center Mark Van Guilder (Roseville, Minn.) continues to be Notre Dame’s steadiest player as he is second on the team in scoring with 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points and is sixth with a +12. The Hobey Baker Award candidate has been held off the scoresheet just seven times this season and he leads the Irish with eight multiple-point games on the year. Prior to the series with Alaska (Dec. 2-3), Van Guilder moved from center to right wing and responded with three goals against the Nanooks. His 13 goals are a career high, surpassing his eight goals of a year ago. The Roseville, Minn., native now has played in 96 consecutive games in his career.
A POOLEY HOMECOMING: Notre Dame associate head coach Paul Pooley makes a fourth homecoming of sorts this weekend when the Irish travel to Lake Superior. He spent three seasons with the Lakers as an associate head coach to Jeff Jackson from 1991-94. During his tenure, the Lakers advanced to the NCAA finals three times, winning the national title in 1992 and 1994. Earlier this season, Pooley returned home to Ft. Wayne, Ind. on Dec. 30 when played Northern Michigan at Ft. Wayne. As a player, Pooley spent the 1986-87 season with the Ft. Wayne Komets, serving as a co-captain of the Western Division championship team that was 48-28-6. He was fourth in scoring with 28 goals and 44 assists for 72 points. In the fall (No0v. 3-4), he had his number as a player at Ohio State retired in a ceremony held on Sat., Nov. 4 when Notre Dame played at Ohio State. The Irish also played in October at Providence College, where Pooley was the head coach for 11 seasons. A 1984 graduate of Ohio State, Pooley is still the Buckeyes’ all-time leading scorer with 114 goals and 156 assists for 270 points. A member of the CCHA’s all-Decade Team for the 1980s, Pooley was the CCHA player of the year in 1984 and a first team All-American as he led the nation in scoring with 32 goals and 64 assists for 96 points in 41 games.A three-time CCHA all-academic selection, Pooley was an Academic All-American in his senior year. He began his coaching career at Ohio State as an assistant before joining Jeff Jackson’s staff at Lake Superior in 1992. Pooley became the head coach at Providence College in 1994 and was the there for 11 seasons where his teams compiled a 185-187-40 record, won one Hockey East title (1995-96) and advanced to the NCAA tournament twice (1996 and 2001). He was selected to the OSU Hall of Fame in 1994. He is the first Ohio State hockey player to have his number retired.
THE KID LINE: Notre Dame’s line of Ryan Thang, Kevin Deeth and Erik Condra has been the team’s top scoring trio this season. The threesome accounted for six goals and seven assists for 13 points in the weekend series with Robert Morris. From the left side, Thang had two goals (ppg) and an assist, Deeth, at center, had three goals (ppg) and an assist and Condra (RW) had one goal (shg) and five assists. For the season the trio now has 30 goals and 44 assists for 74 points. Included in the 30 goals are 12 power-play goals, three short-handed goals and seven game winners. The three players are a combined +45.
STREAKING IRISH: Sunday’s loss to Robert Morris snapped a seven-game Notre Dame winning streak that had begun on Dec. 2. The Irish have now won seven of their last eight and 11 of their last 14 dating back to Nov. 10. The seven-game streak was the longest for the Irish since winning eight in a row between Nov. 13 and Dec. 4, 1987. The loss also ended Notre Dame’s eight-game home winning streak to start the season. That was the longest home win streak since Nov. 23, 1990 to Jan. 26, 1991 when that team was in the midst of a 12-game win streak. The Irish are now 8-1-0 at home this season.
MAD HATTER: Freshman Kevin Deeth recorded his first career hat trick in the Jan. 5, 6-2 win over the Robert Morris. The hat trick was the third of the year for the Irish as Deeth joins Mark Van Guilder (Roseville, Minn.) and Dan Kissel (Crestwood, Ill.) with three goal games. The last the Irish had three hat tricks in a season was the 1991-92 campaign when they had four.
CONDRA CAPERS: Sophomore right wing Erik Condra turned in a career-best five-point game in the 6-2 win over Robert Morris on Jan. 5. Condra scored once (shg) and added four assists for his five-point game. The five-point game was the first for an Irish player since Dec. 20, 2000 when Brett Lebda `04 had five points (1g, 4a) in a 7-4 win at Nebraska-Omaha. For Condra, the four-assist game was the second of his career. He now has four games this season with three or more points. Condra leads the Irish in scoring with eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points.
WILD THANG: Freshman Ryan Thang (Edina, Minn.) is fourth on the team in scoring with 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points. Thang had two goals and one assist in the weekend series with Robert Morris. He ranks fourth in scoring among CCHA freshmen. His four game-winning goals tie him for first in the CCHA and are tied for second in the nation. Of Thang’s 11 goals, five are via the power play, one came short-handed and four are game winners.
ON A TEAR: Sophomore left wing Garrett Regan (Hastings, Minn.) had a team-best seven-game point streak snapped by Robert Morris on Jan. 5 in Pittsburgh, but picked up where he left off on Sunday with a goal. Regan now has points in eight of his last nine games with five goals and five assists for 10 points in that streak. On the season, Regan is sixth in scoring with eight goals and six assists for 14 points, all career highs. As a freshman, Regan had three goals and four assists for seven points in 30 games.
THE LAST TIME: The last time the Irish won 17 games in a season was the 2003-04 campaign when they finished the year with a 20-15-4 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever. That team won its 17th game on Feb. 28. Only once in the program’s history have the Irish recorded 17 wins by the 21st game of the season. The first time came in the 1987-88 season when Notre Dame was 17-2-2 after 21 games on the way to a 27-4-2 record.
SCORING IN BUNCHES: Through the first 22 games of the season, Notre Dame has scored two or more goals in a period a total of 24 times. That includes 14 periods with two goals, eight periods with three goals, one period with four and one with five lamplighters. HOME SWEET HOME: Notre Dame’s loss to Robert Morris on Jan. 7 snapped an 8-0-0 start for the Irish at the Joyce Center. A year ago, Notre Dame was 7-11-3 on home ice. Through the first 22 games, the Irish have played just nine games at home and 12 on the road (three neutral site games).
RANKINGS UPDATE: For the 11th consecutive week, the Irish are in the national rankings in both polls. They enter the weekend against Lake Superior State ranked fifth in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com/CSTV polls. Prior to this season, the last time the Irish were ranked was the 2003-04 campaign when they finished the year ranked 12th. Notre Dame was ranked for six weeks that season, including the final four weeks of the year. Week-by-week with the Irish this season:
2006-07 Irish National RankingsDate USA TODAY USCHO.com10/02 ---- ----10/09 ---- ----10/16 ---- RV10/23 11th 12th10/30 10th 10th11/6 9th 9th11/13 6th 5th11/20 5th 4th11/27 5th 5th12/4 5th 5th12/11 4th 4th12/18 3rd 3rd 1/2 no poll 2nd 1/8 5th 5th
The last time the Irish were ranked as high as second before the week of Jan. 2, 2007, came during the 1976-77 season when they reached No. 2 on Jan. 31, 1977 and finished the season ranked third overall. Notre Dame hasn’t been ranked often in its 39-year hockey history. During the 1972-73 season, the Irish finished ranked fourth overall in the WMPL radio poll and were ranked for eight weeks during the year. That season, Notre Dame lost to Wisconsin in the WCHA finals. The following year (1973-74), the Irish opened the season ranked second (WMPL) and stayed as high as No. 2 through the first four weeks of the year before dropping out. In 1976-77, the Irish were ranked in the final seven weeks of the season, reaching as high as No. 2 on Jan. 31, finishing the year ranked third in the WMPL radio poll. They lost to Minnesota in the WCHA playoffs in a total-goal series. Notre Dame would not be ranked again until October 26 of the 1981-82 season when they reached 10th but weren’t ranked again. In 1998-99, the Irish spent 16 consecutive weeks (Oct. 19-Feb. 16) in both the USA Today and USHCHO.com polls, before falling out at the end of the year. In 2002-03, the Irish were ranked for one week and in 2003-04, they were ranked six weeks in total, including the final four weeks in a row to finish 12th in the USA Today Poll and 13th in the USCHO.com final polls.
IRISH IN NHL BUILDINGS: Notre Dame’s win at Mellon Arena on Friday night improves the Irish to 3-0-0 this season in games played in buildings that host teams from the National Hockey League. In October, the Irish won a pair of games at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., the home of the Tampa Bay Lighting, winning the Lightning College Hockey Classic with a 3-0 win over Army and a 2-0 win over Air Force on Oct. 27-28. Should Notre Dame advance to the CCHA Championship weekend, the Irish would play in a fourth NHL building – Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.
SHARE THE WEALTH: Through the first 22 games of the season, all but two Notre Dame players – defensemen Wes O’Neill (Sr., Essex, Ont.) and Dan VeNard (Jr., Vernon Hills, Ill.) – have scored goals. Notre Dame has nine players with four or more goals so far this season led by Mark Van Guilder’s career-high 13 goals. Last season, in 36 games, the Irish had just eight players with four or more goals.
SCORING MACHINE: While the Irish own the second-best defense in the nation own the best defense in the nation (1.77 goals per game), the Notre Dame offense has done its share to help the team to a 17-4-1 overall record. In 22 games, the Irish have recorded 86 goals for a 3.91 average per game to rank sixth in the nation. The last time a Notre Dame team averaged four or more goals per game was the 1990-91 season when the Irish had 4.06 goals per contest. The last time they averaged four or more goals per game while a member of the CCHA was the 1982-83 campaign when Notre Dame had 4.31 goals per game.
THIRD-PERIOD OUTBURSTS: The Irish have entered the third period in three of their last eight games trailing by a goal in the third period and have rallied to win each of those games. On Dec. 2, they trailed Alaska, 1-0 and scored three third-period goals. On Dec. 10, the Irish trailed Michigan, 3-2, and scored two goals in the third. On Dec. 30, they trailed No. Michigan, 2-1 and scored three in the final period. Over the last eight games, Notre Dame has scored 15 goals in the third period while giving up just eight. For the season, the Irish have outscored the opposition by a 31-16 margin in the final stanza.
SCORING BY CLASS: Here’s how Notre Dame scoring breaks down by classes this season.
Class (No.) Goals Assists PointsSeniors (7) 18 50 68Juniors (5) 16 22 38Sophomores (4) 22 33 55Freshmen (6) 30 45 75Totals 86 150 236
PLAYING WITH THE LEAD: Through the first 22 games of the season, Notre Dame has played a total of 1329:45 minutes. In those 22 games, the Irish have trailed for just 150:54 minutes (or 11.3% of the time). On the year, the Irish have been in the lead or tied for 88.7% of the time or 1178:51 minutes. That breaks down to being tied for 431:48 minutes (32.5%) and leading 747:03 (56.2%).
KID STUFF: Notre Dame’s freshman class continues to have an excellent rookie season. In the first 22 games, the freshmen have combined for 30 goals and 45 assists for 75 points, 12 power-play goals, three short-handed tallies, seven game-winning goals and are a combined +58. Leading the way is Kevin Deeth (11g, 13a) with 24 points. He is tied for the team lead with five power-play goals and is tied for first in the CCHA among rookie scorers. Thang (11g, 9a) follows with 20 points. He now has five power-play goals and four game winners, which is tied for tops in the CCHA and second in the nation. Defenseman Kyle Lawson has two goals and eight assists on the year and is tied for second on the team with Deeth with a +15. Fellow blueliner Brett Blatchford also has ten points on one goal and nine assists and is +7. Left wing Dan Kissel (Crestwood, Ill.) has four goals and three assists for seven points in 11 games. Christian Minella (1g, 3a) scored his first goal in his first game against Bowling Green and added a two-assists game versus Alaska for four points on the year. The freshman class has accounted for eight of Notre Dame’s 17 game-winning goals (Thang – 4, Kissel – 2 and Blatchford and Deeth with one each).
GOAL-SCORING MACHINE: Part of the reason for Notre Dame’s fast 16-3-1 start this season has been the Irish ability to put the puck in the net. Through the first 22 games, Notre Dame has outscored the opposition by an 86-39 margin (3.91 to 1.77 per game). The Irish are ranked sixth in the nation in goals-per-game and second in goals-against. The +2.14 margin of victory is second in the nation. Last year, in 36 games, Notre Dame scored just 89 goals (2.47 per game).
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: The Notre Dame hockey program was featured – “Puck of the Irish,” – in the Dec. 11 issue of Sports Illustrated. The story was written by Rick Lipsey and covers the fast start in the 2006-07 season by the Irish hockey program.
TWO-GOAL GAMES OR MORE: Scoring is definitely contagious. Through 22 games this season, the Irish have seen players score two or more goals in a game 12 times. Last season, Notre Dame had a total of seven multiple-goal games, including two hat tricks.
Mark Van Guilder - 3 times10/12 - 2 vs. Minn. St.10/20 - 3 at Boston College12/3 - 2 vs. Alaska
Ryan Thang - 2 times10/20 - 2 at Boston College11/10 - 2 vs. Bowling Green
Garrett Regan - 2 times10/12 - 2 vs. Minnesota State12/10 - 2 vs. Michigan
Kevin Deeth - 2 times10/14 - 2 at Minn. St. 1/5 - 3 at Robert Morris
Dan Kissel - 1 time10/21 - 3 vs. Providence
Erik Condra - 1 time11/11 - 2 vs. Bowling Green
Jason Paige - 111/17 - 2 vs. Michigan State
FIRST-PERIOD GOALS: The Irish have given up just eight first-period goals this season while scoring 24 of their own in the opening period. Notre Dame has scored the first goal of the game 17 times this year and is 13-3-1 in those games. Versus Michigan on Dec. 10, Notre Dame surrendered two goals in the first period for the first time all season, trailing 2-1 after one period. Notre Dame is 11-2-0 when they lead after one period and 4-2-1 when tied after one period.
JUST JOSHING: Josh Sciba saw his career-best six-game point streak (2g, 5a) snapped in the 2-0 loss at Michigan State (Nov. 18). For the season, Sciba is fifth on the team with six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. Eight of his points (3g, 5a) have come on the power play. For his career, Sciba now has 36 career goals with 18 of them coming with the man advantage.