Oct. 14, 2016
By Dan Colleran
DULUTH, Minn. — Playing on the road for the first time this season, the No. 5/6 Fighting Irish hockey team was edged by No. 4 Minnesota Duluth on Friday night at the Amsoil Arena (5,526).
The teams traded goals in a fast-paced first period that ended tied, 3-3.
Anders Bjork’s fifth goal of the season tied the game one again, 3-3, just 17 seconds after Alex Iafallo had given the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead.
In the second period, Minnesota Duluth’s Adam Johnson scored what proved to be the game winner at 6:09.
Notre Dame had several chances to tie things up in the third and pulled Cal Petersen in favor of the extra attacker while skating on the power play with time winding down but the Bulldogs were able to hang on for the win.
Petersen finished the night with 28 saves, including a breakaway stop on Duluth’s Dominic Toninato to keep it a one goal game late in the third period.
In the Minnesota Duluth net, Nick Deery finished with 20 saves.
On Saturday night, the Irish and Bulldogs will close out their weekend series in an 8:05 p.m. (ET) game at the Amsoil Arena.
Sophomore forward Andrew Oglevie scored a goal and added an assist for a two point night. He also led the Irish with four shots on goal.
NOTE OF THE NIGHT
The Irish took a 1-0 lead for the third consecutive game to start the season. Last season, the Irish were one of the nation’s leading teams when it came to scoring the game’s first goal (Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead in 27 of 37 games in 2015-16).
NOTRE DAME SCORING
1-0 | Oglevie gave the Irish a 1-0 lead at 7:12 of the first period when he one-timed a shot from the slot past Nick Deery. The goal came just eight seconds into Notre Dame’s first power play of the night and was assisted by Cam Morrison and Jake Evans.
2-2 | Cam Morrison tied the game, 2-2, with his first career goal, scored at 15:35 of the first period. The goal, which was assisted by Oglevie and Evans, also came on the power play.
3-3 | Just 17 seconds after Minnesota Duluth took a 3-2 lead, Anders Bjork scored his fifth goal of the season when he sent a wrist shot high past Nick Deery at 18:21 of the first. Connor Hurley assisted on the play.
MINNESOTA DULUTH SERIES NOTES
- Seven players on the Notre Dame roster hail from Minnesota, the most of any state, including Tony Bretzman (Mendota Heights), Jordan Gross (Maple Grove), Ben Ostlie (Edina), Connor Hurley (Edina), Dylan Malmquist (Edina), Peter Mark (Minneapolis) and Bo Brauer (Edina).
- The Irish are now 21-16-6 all-time against Minnesota Duluth.
- Cam Morrison (1-1-2) posted his second multi-point game of the season.
- Andrew Oglevie (1-1-2) posted his second multi-point game of the season (third of his career).
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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 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).