Goaltender David Brown will look to stand tall for the Irish in the second half of the season.  The Hobey Baker candidate is 13-3-1 with a 1.64 goals against average after the first 18 games of the season.

Fifth-Ranked Irish Meet Seventh-Ranked Michigan In Home-And-Home Series; Key CCHA Clash Closes Out First Half Of Season.

Dec. 7, 2006

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• The Series: #5/#5 Notre Dame (12-3-1/7-2-1) vs. #7/#7 Michigan (12-5-0/8-3-0)

• Date/Site/Time: Friday, Dec. 8 • 7:35 p.m. • Yost Arena (6,637) Sunday, Dec. 10 • 3:05 p.m. • Joyce Center (2,713)

• Broadcast Information: Radio: Notre Dame hockey can be heard live on ESPN Radio 1490 South Bend’s SportsCenter. Mike Lockert, “the voice of Irish hockey” will bring you all the play-by-play action. Television: Friday’s game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net Detroit with Matt Shepard and Fred Pletsch calling the action. Sunday’s game will be televised live by ESPNU with Ben Holden and Sean Ritchlin providing the play-by-play and color analysis.

• 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.

HOME-AND-HOME WITH THE WOLVERINES: Notre Dame closes out the first half of the 2006-07 season this weekend with a home-and-home series with the Michigan Wolverines. The two teams meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Friday, Dec. 8 in a 7:35 p.m. game that will be televised by Fox Sports Net Detroit. Two days later, on Sunday, Dec. 10 the two teams will meet at the Joyce Center in South Bend in a 3:05 p.m. game that will be televised by ESPNU. For the first time since the 1998-99 season both teams come into the series ranked in the top 10. Notre Dame is currently 12-3-1 overall and 7-2-1 in the CCHA. The Irish are ranked fifth in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine and the USCHO.com/CSTV polls. Michigan brings a 12-5-0 overall record and an 8-3-0 mark in the conference into the weekend. The Wolverines are ranked seventh in both national polls. Michigan is currently in second place in the CCHA with 16 points while the Irish are a point behind with 15. Notre Dame has one game in hand on the Wolverines. The Miami RedHawks lead the CCHA with a 9-3-0 league record and are two points ahead of Michigan and three ahead of the Irish with 12 games played. Following this big weekend series, Notre Dame breaks for two weeks for finals and the Christmas holidays. The Irish return to action on Dec. 30-31 with a CCHA series against Northern Michigan.

IRISH VERSUS WOLVERINES: Notre Dame and Michigan have met 109 times in the all-time series that began in 1921. The Wolverines own a 63-41-5 all-time record in the series. Since the Irish returned to the CCHA for the 1992-93 season, Michigan is 37-6-3 versus Notre Dame. All-time at Ann Arbor, Michigan is 35-20-3 against the Irish while at the Joyce Center, the Wolverines are 21-20-2 all-time. Michigan has had its’ way with Notre Dame over the last two seasons, winning eight straight games, including six straight during the 2004-05 season. Notre Dame’s last win in the series came on Feb. 27-28, 2004 at the Joyce Center, when the Irish took 4-1 and 5-2 wins against the then fourth-ranked Wolverines. The last time the Irish won at Yost Arena was Nov. 23, 2002, a 4-3 win. Since returning to the CCHA, Notre Dame is 2-20-1 versus Michigan.

TOP 10 MEETINGS: Notre Dame’s weekend series with #7/#7 Michigan (Dec. 8 and 10) marks the second time in the two program’s histories that they have met when both teams were ranked in the nation’s top 10. The only other time came on Jan. 30, 1999 when the 10th-ranked Irish faced fifth-ranked Michigan at the Joyce Center. Notre Dame won the game, 3-2. Already this season, the Irish have played one series – Michigan State, Nov. 17-18 – where both teams were ranked in the top 10. Over the program’s history, Notre Dame has played in 32 games when both teams were top-10 teams. Here’s a look at the record in those games.

1972-73:  8 games (3-4-1)1973-74:  6 games (2-3-1)1976-77:  6 games (2-2-2)1981-82:  2 games (0-2-0)1998-99:  8 games (3-3-2)2006-07:  2 games (1-1-0)Total:  32 games (11-15-6)

RANKINGS UPDATE: For the seventh consecutive week, the Irish are in the national rankings in both polls. They enter the weekend against Michigan ranked fifth in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine and the 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           5th

Notre Dame hasn’t been ranked often in their 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.

ALASKA RECAP: The Irish put together the first sweep of a ranked team since winning a pair against Michigan in Feb. of 2004 with 3-1 and 6-2 wins over Alaska at the Joyce Center. In Saturday’s 3-1 win, the Irish scored three third-period goals in a two-minute span (9:14-11:14) at the Joyce Center. Ryan Thang (Fr., Edina, Minn.), Brett Blatchford (Fr., Temperance, Mich.) and Mark Van Guilder (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) scored for the Irish to offset a first-period goal by Alaska’s Ryan Muspratt. Trailing 1-0, Thang scored a short-handed goal at 9:14 and Blatchford followed just 30 seconds later at 9:44 with his first career goal. Van Guilder closed out the scoring at 11:14 with his ninth goal of the season and a 3-1 Irish win. Notre Dame out shot the Nanooks by a 34-22 margin. Chad Johnson had 31 saves in goal for Alaska while David Brown (Sr., Stoney Brook, Ont.) ran his record to 10-3-1 on the year with a 21-save game in the series opener. The Irish win snapped a three-game Nanook win streak in the series. On Sunday evening, Notre Dame and Alaska battled to a 1-1 tie in a sluggish first period with Van Guilder and Kyle Greentree trading goals. In the second period, the Irish exploded for a season-high five goals on the way to a 6-2 win. Evan Rankin (Jr., Portage, Mich.) got the scoring started at 2:30 and was followed by Thang with his second goal of the weekend and a 3-1 lead at 4:27. Defenseman Kyle Lawson (Fr., New Hudson, Mich.) scored his first collegiate goal at 8:15 to run the score to 4-1. Van Guilder made it 5-1 at 9:13 with his second of the night and third of the weekend before Alaska’s Brandon Knelsen beat Brown with a power-play goal at 16:18. Jason Paige (Sr., Saginaw, Mich.) answered that goal just nine seconds later for the final score of 6-2. The Irish out shot Alaska, 33-19, in the game. Brown had 17 saves in the game while Chad Johnson had 23 saves in 53:17 and Wylie Rogers had four saves in 6:43 minutes of action.

USA….USA….USA: Freshman defenseman Kyle Lawson has been named to the 2006-07 U.S. Junior National Team that will participate in the World Junior Championships in Sweden, beginning on Dec. 26. Lawson is tied for the Notre Dame lead among defensemen in scoring with a goal and seven assists for eight points. He leads the Irish and is tied for the CCHA lead with a +14 rating in 16 games this season. 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.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Prior to being selected to the U.S. Junior National Team, freshman defenseman Kyle Lawson was named the CCHA rookie of the week for the week ending Dec. 3. Lawson had a goal and an assist and was +5 in the two games of the weekend sweep versus Alaska. The Irish have players selected four times this season as rookie of the week with Kevin Deeth (Gig Harbor, Wash.) named twice and Ryan Thang once.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: The Notre Dame hockey program is part of a feature story “Puck of the Irish,” in this week’s Sports Illustrated. The story was written by Rick Lipsey and covers the fast start in the 2006-07 season by the Irish hockey program.

HOME SWEET HOME: Notre Dame’s sweep of Alaska gives the Irish a perfect 6-0-0 mark at the Joyce Center. Through the first 16 games, the Irish have played just six games at home and 10 on the road. The Irish have played just two two-game series at home this season (Alaska and Bowling Green) while the other two home games were parts of home-and-home series with Michigan State and Minnesota State.

FIRST-PERIOD GOALS: The Irish have given up just four first-period goals this season with Alaska scoring one in each game of last weekend’s series. Notre Dame has scored the first goal of the game 13 times this season and is 10-2-1 in those games. In the Dec. 2 game against Alaska, the Irish trailed for the first time all season after one period as the Nanooks led 1-0 at the first intermission. Notre Dame is 8-1-0 when they lead after one period and 3-2-1 when tied after one period.

DEUCES WILD: Six different Notre Dame players had two points in the 6-2 win over Alaska on Dec. 3. Junior Mark Van Guilder led the way with two goals while Kyle Lawson and Jason Paige each had a goal and an assist. Defenseman Noah Babin (Sr., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), right wing Christiaan Minella (Fr., Aurora, Colo.) and left wing Garrett Regan (So., Hastings, Minn.) each had two-assist games versus the Nanooks.

MID-SEASON BREAK: Following the weekend series, Notre Dame breaks for finals and the Christmas holidays. The Irish are currently 12-3-1 on the year and only once in the program’s history have they had more than 12 wins heading into the Christmas break. That came during the 1983-84 season when Notre Dame started that season with a 13-0 record.

KID STUFF: Notre Dame’s freshman class continued its strong play against Alaska, combining for four goals and seven assists for 11 points on the weekend. In Saturday’s 3-1 win, Irish rookies had two goals and two assists in the game with Ryan Thang (shg) and Brett Blatchford (game winner) scoring the goals. Kevin Deeth and Dan Kissel each had assists in the game. In Sunday’s 6-2 win, Thang and Kyle Lawson each had a goal while Christiaan Minella had two assists and Lawson, Brett Blatchford (Temperance, Mich.) and Deeth added assists. In the first 16 games this season, the freshmen have combined for 22 goals and 31 assists for 53 points, seven power-play goals, three short-handed tallies, six game-winning goals and are a combined +46. Leading the way is Deeth (7g, 9a) with 16 points. He leads the Irish with four power-play goals and is second in the CCHA among rookie scorers. Thang (8g, 7a) follows with 15 points. Four of his eight goals have been game winners, which is tied for tops in the CCHA and the nation. Defenseman Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich.) has a goal and seven assists on the year and leads the team with a +14. Left wing Dan Kissel (Crestwood, Ill.) has four goals and two assists for six points in seven games. Among his goals are a power-play tally, a short-handed goal and two game winners. games. On defense, Brett Blatchford picked up his first goal of the season, a game winner and has two helpers for three points in six 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 seven of Notre Dame’s 12 game-winning goals (Thang -4, Kissel-2 and Blatchford).

PLAYING WITH THE LEAD: Through the first 16 games of the season, Notre Dame has played a total of 969:45 minutes. In those 16 games, the Irish have trailed for just 88:14 minutes (or 9.1% of the time). On the year, the Irish have been in the lead or tied for 90.9% of the time or 871:31 minutes. That breaks down to being tied for 352:53 minutes (36.4%) and leading 528:38 (54.5%).

POWER OUTAGE: After scoring at least one power-play goal in each of the first 11 games, the Notre Dame power-play has struggled over the last five games. In the last five games, the Irish have one power-play goal in their last 22 chances (4.5%). Prior to that, the Notre Dame was 14-for- 64 for a 21.9% success rate. Overall, the Irish are 15-for-86 on the power play (17.4%).

THE PUCK STOPS HERE: Senior goaltender David Brown has started 15 of Notre Dame’s 16 games this season and has an 11-3-1 record with a 1.45 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage. His goals against leads the CCHA and is second in the nation. His save percentage is second in the conference and third in the country. Brown and the Irish defense have teamed up to form the nation’s top defensive team, giving up just 22 goals in 16 games for a 1.36 goals-against average. 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 (.914) and shutouts (8).

MOVING ON OVER: Junior center Mark Van Guilder moved from center to right wing prior to the Alaska series and scored three goals against the Nanooks. For the year, Van Guilder has a career high 11 goals with seven assists for 18 points. His previous career best was eight goals in 36 games a year ago.In the first 16 games, Van Guilder now has two games with two or more goals and six games with two or more points. He leads the Irish in scoring with 18 points this season. The Roseville, Minn., native now has played in 90 consecutive games in his career.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: Notre Dame has given up just four goals in the first period this season and has now out scored the opposition by a 16-4 margin in the opening stanza this year. The Irish have a 24-8 edge in the second period and a 19-9 differential in the third. On the year, the Irish have out scored opponents by a 59-22 margin. The +2.31 goal diffential is best in the CCHA and second in the nation to New Hampshire’s +2.47 difference.

SCORING DEFENSE: For the third game in a row, and the fourth time in the last six games, a Notre Dame defenseman scored a goal in the 6-2 win over Alaska. Freshman Kyle Lawson got the goal, the first of his collegiate career. In the opening game of the series, Brett Blatchford’s third-period goal against Alaska was the first of his career and the eventual game winner. He joins Noah Babin (Sr., Palm Beach Garden, Fla.) and Brock Sheahan (Jr. Lethbridge, Alb.) as the lone goal scorers from the Notre Dame blue line. The Irish defense now has four goals and 30 assists on the season. Noah Babin (Sr., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Kyle Lawson (Fr., New Hudson, Mich.) lead the team with a goal and seven assists for eight points. Wes O’Neill (Sr., Essex, Ont.) follows with seven assists. Sheahan has a goal and two assists while Dan VeNard (Jr., Vernon Hills, Ill.) has three assists, Blatchford a goal and two assists and Tom Sawatske (Sr., Duluth, Minn.) had his first assist of the year versus Alaska (Dec. 2).

RED-HOT IRISH: Notre Dame’s 12-3-1 start this season is the best for the Irish since starting the 1987-88 season with an 12-2-2 record. After 16 games just one year ago, Notre Dame was 5-10-1. The Irish reached the 12-win plateau in their 16th game this season. That’s the quickest the Irish reached 12 wins since 1987-88 when they started the year with 12 wins in the first 16 games. Last season, the Irish won their 12th game on Feb. 17 – the 31st game of the year.

IRISH ADD SEVEN: Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson has announced that seven players have signed national letters-of-intent to attend Notre Dame beginning in the fall of 2007. The group of seven is made up of one goaltender, two defensemen and four forwards. The goaltender is Brad Phillips (Farmington Hills, Mich.), who is currently a member of the USA Under-18 team as are the two defensemen, Ian Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Teddy Ruth (Naperville, Ill.). All four forwards are currently playing in the USHL. Robin Bergman (Stockholm, Sweden) is a member of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders while Billy Maday (Burr Ridge, Ill.) plays for the Waterloo Black Hawks. Calle Ridderwall (Stockholm, Sweden) is with the Tri-City Storm and Ben Ryan (Brighton, Mich.) is in his second year with the Des Moines Buccaneers. Bergman and Ridderwall are the first two Swedish players to play at Notre Dame. Ridderwall and Maday were midget teammates last season with the Chicago Chill. All seven of Notre Dame’s recruits for the 2007-08 season have been listed in the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Preliminary Rankings. Central Scouting ranks players in two categories – A as “must see” as a potential top three round selection in the 2007 Entry Draft and B – as a “player to note” as a potential late round selection in the 2007 Entry Draft. Phillips, Ruth and Ryan were A selections while Bergman, Cole, Maday and Ridderwall were B selections.

USHL GP G A PTS PIMRidderwall - Tri-Cities 18 11 12 23 20Ryan - Des Moines 19 5 14 19 33Bergman - Cedar Rapids 14 9 8 17 6Maday - Waterloo 15 4 5 9 12
USA UNDER-18 GP G A PTS PIMIan Cole 16 2 5 7 26Teddy Ruth 16 5 8 13 46Brad Phillips 6-2-1; 2.88; .896 sv%(USA stats are through 11/1/06).

TURN THE PAIGE: Senior center Jason Paige is on pace to surpass his career best totals for goals, assists and points this season. Through the first 16 games this year, Paige has six goals and five assists for 11 points. His previous best season came in 2003-04 when he had 10 goals and six assists for 16 points, all career highs. He recorded the second two-goal game of his career in the win over Michigan State on Nov. 17. His previous two-goal game came on Feb. 27, 2004, in his freshman year against Michigan. He has already surpassed his totals from last season (4g, 1a, 5pts). One of the top defensive forwards in the CCHA, Paige continues as Notre Dame’s top face-off man winning 201-of-332 for a 60.5% success rate.

YOUNG GUN: Freshman center Kevin Deeth quietly goes about his business for the Irish at 5-7, 161 pounds, but he has a way of making his presence felt. Through the first 16 games of the season, Deeth is second on the team in scoring with 16 points on seven goals and nine assists. He is third in goals and leads the team with four power-play goals. He is second among CCHA freshman scorers.

YOUNG GUN, PART II: Joining Deeth as a freshman point producer is his linemate, freshman Ryan Thang. Thang is fourth on the team in scoring with eight goals and seven assists for 15 points. He ranks third in scoring among CCHA freshmen. His four game-winning goals tie him for first in the CCHA and in the nation. Thang and Deeth have played on a line with sophomore Erik Condra (Livonia, Mich.) and have been the top-scoring unit for the Irish all season. Combined, they have 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 points with seven power-play goals, two short-handed tallies and five game winners.

GOAL-SCORING MACHINE: Part of the reason for Notre Dame’s fast 12-3-1 start this season has been the Irish ability to put the puck in the net. Through the first 16 games, Notre Dame has outscored the opposition by a 59-22 margin (3.69 to 1.38 per game). The Irish are ranked 10th in the nation in goals-per-game and tops in goals-against. The +2.31 margin of victory is second in the nation. Last year, in 36 games, Notre Dame scored just 89 goals (2.47 per game).

POOLEY POWER: Notre Dame associate head coach Paul Pooley 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. 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 gosl 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. During his three seasons in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., the Lakers went to the NCAA Tournament three times, winning the title in 1992 and 1994. 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.

ALL TIED UP: Notre Dame’s 1-1 tie against Ohio State on Nov. 4 was the second overtime game for the Irish this season. On Oct. 14, Notre Dame dropped a 3-2 overtime decision at Minnesota State and are now 0-1-1 in extra play this year. Last season, Notre Dame was 0-0-4 in four overtime games. In 55 overtime games since the start of the 1999-2000 season, the Irish are 7-7-41 in overtime. The last overtime win for the Irish came on Dec. 10, 2004 in a 3-2 victory against Michigan State. That win snapped a 16-game winless skid (0-2-14) during the regular season that started on Jan. 25, 2002.

TWO-GOAL GAMES OR MORE: Scoring is definitely contagious. Through 16 games this season, the Irish have seen players score two or more goals in a game 10 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 - 1 time10/12 - 2 vs. Minnesota State
Kevin Deeth - 1 time10/14 - 2 at Minn. St.
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

TURNAROUND YEAR: A year ago, the Notre Dame hockey team turned in a 13-19-4 record in Jeff Jackson’s first season behind the bench. A closer look at the mark shows vast improvement for the Irish. Through the first 13 games of the season, Notre Dame was 3-9-1. Over the remaining 23 contests, the Irish were 10-10-3. In CCHA play, Notre Dame went from 3-20-5 in `04-’05 to 11-13-4 in `05-’06, a 15-point improvement from one season to the next. Only Miami’s 16-point improvement in the standings was better than Notre Dame’s 15-point turnaround.

PLAYING IN THE NHL: At times during the 2005-06 season, Notre Dame had five former players in the NHL at the same time. The five were: Ben Simon `00 (Columbus), Rob Globke `04 (Florida), Brett Lebda `04 (Detroit), Mark Eaton (Nashville) and Yan Stastny (Edmonton-Boston). Only one other time, have the Irish had five players in the NHL in one season. That came during the 1982-83 campaign when the Irish had five players see time, in the NHL. That group included: Jim Brown `82 (three games with Los Angeles), Jack Brownschidle `77 (72 games with St. Louis), Jeff Brownschidle `81 (four games with Hartford), Don Jackson `78 (71 games with Edmonton) and Dave Poulin `82 (two games with Philadelphia). As of Nov. 28, Eaton (Pittsburgh), Lebda (Detroit) and Globke (Florida) are skating with their NHL teams. Eaton is out for 10-12 weeks with a dislocated wrist.

THE IRISH AND THE U.S. NATIONAL TEAM DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM: Notre Dame’s current roster includes six players who have past experience with USA Hockey, as members of the National Team Development Program (NTDP). Since the program began, the Irish have had a total of 16 NTDP alums grace their roster. The current contingent includes seniors Noah Babin (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), Michael Bartlett (Morton Grove, Ill.), Tom Sawatske (Duluth, Minn.) and Josh Sciba (Westland, Mich.). The lone sophomore is goaltender Jordan Pearce (Anchorage, Alaska) while defenseman Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich.) represents the freshman class. Other former NTDP players who played at Notre Dame and their years in the national program include: Brett Henning (1997-98), Michael Chin (1997-98), Connor Dunlop (1997-99), Paul Harris (1997-99), John Wroblewski (1997-99), Neil Komadoski (1998-2000), Brett Lebda (1998-2000), Rob Globke (1998-2000), Derek Smith (2000-01) and Tim Wallace (2002-06).


When Notre Dame scores first .................... 10-2-1When opponents score first ......................  2-1-0When Notre Dame leads after one period ..........  8-1-0When Notre Dame trails after one period .........  1-0-0When score is tied after one period .............  3-2-1When Notre Dame leads after two periods ......... 10-0-0When Notre Dame trails after two periods ........  1-2-0When score is tied after two periods ............  1-1-1When Notre Dame outshoots opponent ..............  7-3-1When opponent outshoots Notre Dame ..............  4-0-0When shots are even .............................  1-0-0In Game 1 of CCHA weekend series ................  5-0-0In Game 2 of CCHA weekend series ................  2-3-1In one-goal games ...............................  0-2-0In two-goal games ...............................  4-1-0Notre Dame at home ..............................  6-0-0Notre Dame on the road ..........................  4-3-1Notre Dame on neutral ice .......................  2-0-0Notre Dame in overtime ..........................  0-1-1Notre Dame in October ...........................  5-1-0Notre Dame in November ..........................  5-2-1Notre Dame in December ..........................  2-0-0Notre Dame in January ...........................  0-0-0Notre Dame in February ..........................  0-0-0Notre Dame in March .............................  0-0-0