Oct. 12, 2010
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame freshman left wing Anders Lee (Edina, Minn.) has been named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s rookie of the week for the week ending Oct. 10. In two games last week at the Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament in St. Louis, Mo., Lee had three goals and one assist for four points and was +4 on the weekend.
In Notre Dame’s 6-3 win over Holy Cross in the opening game of the tournament, the 6-3, 218-pound left wing recorded his first career goal and his first career hat trick with six shots on goal and a +3 for the game. He would add one assist and be +1 in the 5-4 loss to Boston University in the tournament championship game.
Lee got his career off to a fast start versus Holy Cross, scoring on his first collegiate shot just 1:58 into the game as he tucked the rebound of defenseman Kevin Lind’s (Fr., Homer Glen, Ill.) shot past Crusader goaltender Thomas Tysowsky to give the Irish a 1-0 lead.
His second goal came at 12:14 of the opening period when he one-timed a pass from linemate Ryan Guentzel (Sr., Woodbury, Minn.) from the bottom of the left circle past Tysowsky to make it 2-1.
The talented left wing closed out the hat trick at 11:36 of the second period when he teamed with linemates Ryan Guentzel and Ben Ryan (Sr., Brighton, Michigan) to make the score 5-2 on the way to the 6-3 win. Guentzel and Ryan each had career-high, three-assist games in the victory.
With the hat trick, Lee became just the second Notre Dame rookie to record a hat trick in his first game, joining John Noble `73, who scored three times in his first game in and 8-3 win over Windsor on Nov. 15, 1969. Lee also joins teammate Billy Maday (Jr., Burr Ridge, Ill.), Christiaan Minella `09 and Tim Wallace `06 as recent Notre Dame players to score on their first collegiate shots on goal.
On Sunday, Oct. 10, in the Warrior Ice Breaker title game, Lee had one assist with four shots on goal and was +1 for the contest that was won by Boston University, 5-4, on a goal with 1:07 left in the game. He set up Shayne Taker’s first collegiate goal when he carried the puck out of the left corner and tried to jam a shot between BU goaltender Grant Rollheiser’s pads. The Terrier goaltender made the stop but Taker crashed the net to flip the rebound home to tie the game at 3-3.
Lee and his Notre Dame teammates return to action this week on Thursday and Friday, October 14-15 when the Irish play host to the Lake Superior State Lakers in the CCHA openers for both teams. Both contests will start at 7:35 p.m. at the Joyce Center.