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First-Place Irish Travel To Western Michigan For Weekend Series

Dec. 2, 2003

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  • The Game: Notre Dame (8-3-2/7-3-2) at Western Michigan Broncos (6-7-1/3-5-2)
  • Date/Site/Times: Fri.-Sat., Dec. 5-6, 2003 – Lawson Arena (3,667) – Fri. (7:35 p.m.)/Sat. (7:05 p.m.)
  • Broadcast Information: Notre Dame hockey can be heard live on ESPN Radio 1620, South Bend’s SportsCenter. Mike Lockert, “the voice of Irish hockey” calls all the action. Irish hockey can also be heard live via the internet at

IRISH VERSUS BRONCOS: Notre Dame and Western Michigan will meet for the 54th and 55th time in the all-time series at Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Dec. 5-6. The Broncos lead the all-time series with a 29-20-4 record and are 17-7-3 all-time at Kalamazoo. The Irish took three of four meetings last season versus Western Michigan, going 2-0 at the Joyce Center and 1-1 at Lawson Arena. Over the last 10 meetings between the two schools, the Irish hold a 5-3-2 edge. Notre Dame comes into the game with an 8-3-2 overall record and a 7-3-2 mark in CCHA play, good for 16 points and a first-place tie with Ohio State in the league standings. The Irish are 3-0-2 in their last five games and 8-1-2 in their last 11 contests. Western Michigan is 7-8-2 overall and 3-5-1 in the CCHA, good for seven points and an eighth-place tie in the league with Nebraska-Omaha. Including Western Michigan this weekend, the Irish will have played eight straight games against team’s from Michigan – Michigan State, Lake Superior, Northern Michigan and the Broncos. This weekend’s games are the only meetings this season between Notre Dame and Western Michigan.

FIRST-PLACE IRISH: Notre Dame enters the weekend with Western Michigan tied for first place in the CCHA with Ohio State. Both teams have 16 points with the Buckeyes having a game in hand. This marks the first time that Notre Dame has ever entered the month of December in first in the CCHA.

OFF TO A FAST START: Notre Dame’s 8-3-2 overall record is the best for the Irish after 13 games since starting the 1998-99 season with a 9-2-2 overall record. The 7-3-2 record in the CCHA is the best-ever for the Irish after 12 games. The previous best start came in 1998-99 when the Irish started that CCHA schedule with a 7-4-1 record.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Irish moved into the national rankings this week as they were ranked 14th in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll and the U.S. College Hockey Online polls. The Irish are also ranked ninth in the Inside College poll for the week of Dec. 1. The last time Notre Dame was ranked in the USA Today poll was Oct. 21, 2002 when the Irish were 15th after starting the season at 3-0-1. The Irish were 11th in the Inside College poll that week. Notre Dame has been listed on the Inside College’s poll the entire season.

CCHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: For the third time this season, Notre Dame goaltender David Brown (Fr., Stoney Creek, Ont.) has been named the CCHA’s rookie of the week. Brown led the Irish to a weekend sweep of Northern Michigan (5-1, 4-2) last weekend by stopping 44-of-47 shots (.936 save percentage) and giving up just three goals (1.50 goals-against average). Brown has now put together an eight-game unbeaten streak (6-0-2) and has not lost since Oct. 17 at Bowling Green. He was also named rookie of the week for Oct. 15 and Nov. 2.

THE PUCK STOPS HERE: Through 13 games this season, the Irish have displayed the stingiest defense in the history of the program. Notre Dame’s 1.97 goals-against average after the first 13 games is the lowest the Irish have ever had after 13 contests. Goaltenders David Brown (Fr., Stoney Creek, Ont.), Morgan Cey (Jr., Wilkie, Sask.) and Rory Walsh (So., Milton, Mass.) have combined to surrender just 26 goals in the first 13 games (790 minutes). Notre Dame is ranked first in the CCHA in goals against and is tied for third in the nation.

NORTERN MICHIGAN RECAP: The Irish swept Northern Michigan for the first time since the Feb. 27-28, 1998, winning 5-1 and 4-2 decisions. On Friday night, Notre Dame got goals from five different players and goaltender David Brown made 19 saves to lead the Irish to a 5-1 win at the Joyce Center. Rob Globke (Sr., West Bloomfield, Mich.) extended his scoring streak to four games with his eighth goal of the season at 10:35 of the first period. The Irish would add two more in the second period as Chris Trick (So., Troy, Mich.) scored a short-handed goal at 11:34 and Cory McLean (Jr., Fargo, N.D.) made it 3-0 at 13:22 with his fifth goal of the year. Aaron Gill (Sr., Rochester, Minn.) upped the lead to 4-0 just 6:26 into the final period and Jason Paige (Fr., Saginaw, Mich.) closed the Notre Dame scoring with a power-play tally at 12:30. Northern Michigan was able to snap Brown’s shutout bid at 17:32 of the third period when Nathan Oystrick scored on the power play for the 5-1 final score. On the night, Notre Dame outshot the Wildcats, 34-20. Craig Kowalski (25 saves, four goals against) and Tuomas Tarkki (four saves, one goal against) split the goaltending for Northern Michigan. Notre Dame was 1-for-7 on the power play and the Wildcats were 1-for-4. On Saturday night, the Irish rallied from a two-goal deficit to pull out a 4-2 win. After a scoreless first period, Northern scored twice in the second period on goals by Darin Olver (ppg) and Dirk Southern. Globke got his first of two, this one a power-play goal, at 14:01 of the second period to cut the lead to 2-1 at the second intermission. The Irish scored three times in the third period. Mike Walsh (So., Northville, Mich.) tied the game at 1:23 of the final period. Globke got his second of the night at 14:56 to give Notre Dame its first lead of the night. Sophomore Matt Amado (Surrey, B.C.) closed the scoring at 16:44 with his first goal of the year. The Irish outshot Northern Michigan, 30-27 in the game. Brown made 25 saves in goal for the Irish and Kowalski had 26 for the Wildcats.

DOWN BY TWO: The last time the Irish rebounded from a two-goal deficit to win a game was on Oct. 12, 2002 when the Irish fell behind Minnesota-Duluth, 2-0, and rallied for a 5-3 win at Duluth.

SOME TRICK: Sophomore defenseman Chris Trick recorded his first collegiate goal in Friday’s 5-1 win over Northern Michigan. He made the most of it too, as the goal came short-handed in the second period and proved to be the game winner. Trick came out of the penalty box after a Northern Michigan centering pass eluded the point men. Trick beat Craig Kowalski with a backhander for his first goal in 35 career games.

CENTURY MARK FOR GLOBKE: Senior right wing Rob Globke comes into this weekend’s series at Western Michigan needing just one more point to become the 40th player in Notre Dame history to reach 100 points for his career. Globke now has 59 goals and 40 assists for 99 points. The 59 goals rank him 18th on Notre Dame’s all-time goal list. On the year, Globke has 10 goals and five assists for 15 points and is tied for Aaron Gill for the team lead in scoring. With three goals in the weekend series versus Northern Michigan, Globke now leads the CCHA in goals in league games (10) and is tied for third in all games with his 10 goals. On the year, Globke now has three games with two or more goals and has 13 for his career. He opened the season with a hat trick in Notre Dame’s 5-2 win at Ohio State. The hat trick was the second of his career. He added his second multiple-goal game of the season on Nov. 21 with a pair of goals versus Lake Superior. Globke’s hat trick in the CCHA opener marked the first time since the 1995-96 season that a Notre Dame player recorded a hat trick in the first league game of the year. On Oct. 19, 1995, Brian Urick scored four goals in Notre Dame’s 7-4 win at Alaska Fairbanks.

CENTURY MARK: Besides, Rob Globke, a second Notre Dame player is on pace to break the 100-point plateau during his Irish playing career. Senior center Aaron Gill needs just 12 points to join Globke in the “Century Club.” Gill, who is tied for the team lead in scoring with four goals and 11 assists for 15 points, has 31 goals and 57 assists for 88 career points.

GAME-WINNING GLOBKE: With his game-winning goal versus Northern Michigan (11/29), Rob Globke now has three game winners for the Irish to lead the team in that category. He is tied for first in the CCHA with three game winners and is tied for second in the nation. Over his Notre Dame career, Globke now has 11 game-winning goals. That ties him for fourth all-time with Paul Regan (’73).

JUST ROLLING ALONG: Notre Dame freshman goaltender David Brown extended his unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-2) with his 25-save, 4-2 win over Northern Michigan on Nov. 29. Brown has not lost a game since Oct. 17 versus Bowling Green. Since that game made him 0-2-0 on the year, Brown is 6-0-2 with a 1.37 goals-against average (11 goals against in 481:35 minutes) and a .951 save percentage (214 saves). Included in those seven games are three consecutive shutouts between 10/18 and 10/31. For good measure, Brown also threw in a fourth shutout on Nov. 14 versus the U.S. Under-18 team that does not count in the statistics. On the year, Brown is 6-2-2 with a 1.68 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage.

ON THE SIDELINES: Goaltender Morgan Cey underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Wednesday, Nov. 19. He re-injured the knee on Nov. 8 at Michigan State and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Cey missed the first five games of the season after having knee surgery in July. Defenseman Derek Smith (Jr., Marysville, Mich.) will miss the game with the Western Michigan series as he is sidelined with post-concussion syndrome. He suffered a concussion on Jan. 4, 2003 at Nebraska-Omaha and has been sidelined since.

GILL THE THRILL: Irish team captain Aaron Gill recorded his fourth multiple-point game of the season with a goal and an assist versus Northern Michigan (11/28). He leads the Irish in scoring with 14 points on four goals and 10 assists. His two power-play goals are tied for tops on the team.

OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMEN: In 13 games this season, Notre Dame defensemen Brett Lebda (Sr., Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Tom Galvin (Sr., Miller Place, N.Y.), Neil Komadoski (Sr., Chesterfield, Mo.) and Wes O’Neill (Fr., Essex, Ont.) have combined for five goals and 20 assists for 25 points. Lebda leads the defensemen with a goal and seven assists, Galvin is second with seven assists, Komadoski has two goals (both ppg’s) and four assists and O’Neill has two goals (one ppg) and two assists for four points.

LEBDA’S LINE: Irish defenseman Brett Lebda comes into the Western Michigan series having scored 21 goals with 48 assists for 69 career points in 126 games on the Notre Dame blue line. The Irish have had 10 defensemen in their history score 80 or more points in their careers. Lebda needs just 11 points this season to finish among the top 10 in scoring among Notre Dame blueliners.

PUTTING THE “P” IN POWER: Sophomore left wing Mike Walsh (Northville, Mich.) is quickly becoming one of the top power forwards in the CCHA. On top of that, he also has a knack for scoring in the clutch. Walsh believes that the quickest way to get from point A to point B is a straight line as he barges and charges to the net. Walsh had his three-game goal-scoring streak snapped on Nov. 22 by Lake Superior State. He now has points in eight of his last 10 games (6g, 4a). He has already surpassed last season’s totals of a goal and an assist. Two of his five goals this season are game winners. His lone goal as a freshman won the game, making 50% of his career goals, game-winning goals.

MR. STEADY – CORY’S STORY: Junior right wing Cory McLean (Jr., Fargo, N.D.) had the second two-goal game of his career in the Oct. 30 win over Nebraska-Omaha. On the season, he has scored in 10 of Notre Dame’s 13 games and is third in scoring with five goals and six assists for 11 points. His season-opening four-game point-scoring streak (2-3-5) was snapped at Boston College. He had a breakout year with the Irish in 2002-03 as he recorded 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points. Four of his goals came on the power play. As a freshman, McLean had just one goal and four assists for five points.

SPECIAL SPECIAL TEAMS: Notre Dame has scored at least one power-play goal in each of its last seven games. In those seven games, the Irish have converted eight-of-31 chances for a 25.8% success rate. On the year, the Irish power play ranks seventh in the CCHA, converting on 11-of-60 chances for an 18.3% success rate. On the penalty-killing side, the Irish have given up just six power-play goals (only one on the road) in 52 chances for a 88.5% success rate.

FIT TO BE TIED: Notre Dame’s 2-2 tie with Lake Superior State on Nov. 22 marked the eighth consecutive overtime game for the Irish to end in a tie. The Irish were 0-0-6 in 2002-03. Since the start of the 1999-2000 season, the Irish have been involved in 35 overtime games and are 5-2-28 in those contests. The last time Notre Dame won an overtime game during the regular season was on Jan. 25, 2002, a 4-3 overtime win for the Irish at Miami. The Irish had two postseason games decided in overtime during the 2001-02 season (a 3-2 double overtime loss to Nebraska-Omaha and a 2-1 win versus the Mavericks).

CENTRAL SCOUTING RANKINGS: The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Central Scouting has released it’s preliminary rankings for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft next June. Irish defenseman Wes O’Neill (Fr., Essex, Ont.) is ranked third among U.S. College players behind North Dakota’s Drew Stafford and Boston College’s Adam Pineault. He is tops among the 14 CCHA players ranked. Notre Dame goaltender David Brown is ranked second among collegiate goaltenders behind Michigan’s Al Montoya. Four of the five ranked goaltenders are from the CCHA.

HCA ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Notre Dame freshman goaltender David Brown was selected as the Hockey Commissioner’s Association (HCA) national collegiate rookie of the month for the month of October. Brown had an October to remember as he recorded a Notre Dame school record three consecutive shutouts in his first four career starts and a school-record shutout string of 193:27 consecutive minutes. His three shutouts also set a Notre Dame record for shutouts in a season. For the month, the 5-11, 188-pound puck stopper was 3-2-0 with a CCHA-leading 1.15 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage to go with the three shutouts. Among his three shutouts was a 1-0, 27-save performance on Oct. 24 versus the top-ranked Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The three shutouts came versus Bowling Green (10/18), Boston College (10/24) and Nebraska-Omaha (10/31). He has been selected as the CCHA rookie of the month twice this season (10/19 and 11/2).

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST END: Irish goaltender David Brown saw his streak of three consecutive shutouts end in the Nov. 8 game versus Michigan State. Jim Slater’s goal at 7:12 of the first period ended his consecutive-minute streak at 193:27. That is a new Notre Dame record. The last time Brown had given up a goal was on Oct. 17 versus Bowling Green with 4:22 left in the third period. He followed with shutouts versus Bowling Green (Oct. 18), Boston College (10/24) and Nebraska-Omaha (10/31).

IRISH ON CSTV: College Sports Television (CSTV) has announced its second-half schedule for 2004 and the Irish are included. The Friday, Feb. 27 home game with Michigan has been added to the list that includes three other CCHA games. Face off is set for 8:05 p.m. The Irish have been on CSTV twice this season and own a 2-0 record after beating Ohio State 5-2 on Oct. 10 and Boston College, 1-0, on Oct. 24. Notre Dame is scheduled to appear on CSTV again on Dec. 27 when they play Cornell in the Everblades Collegiate Classic in Estero, Fla. If they win the first game, the championship game of that tournament will also be televised.

RIVALRY CLUSTERS: Notre Dame and Bowling Green will team up with Northern Michigan and Lake Superior as the four teams in their cluster and will face each other four times this season. The Irish have played all three schools this season and have a 4-1-1 mark in the six meeting. The Irish are 2-0 versus Northern Michigan, 1-1 versus Bowling Green and 1-0-1 versus Lake Superior. A year ago, the Irish were 7-4-1 in their cluster that included Bowling Green, Western Michigan and Ferris State.

SCHEDULE BREAK: After this weekend, the Irish will not play again until after Christmas as they break for finals and the holidays. Notre Dame will next be in action on Dec. 27-28 when the Irish play in the Everblades Collegiate Hockey Classic in Estero, Fla. Notre Dame faces Cornell in the opener with Maine and Ohio State being the other two schools in the tournament. The Irish do not play a home game in December.

BEATING THE BEST: Notre Dame’s 1-0 shutout win at Boston College on Oct. 24 came versus the Eagles while they were ranked first in the nation in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll. The last time the Irish beat a top-ranked team came on Jan. 3, 1999 when they won 4-3 at North Dakota.

The last time the Irish faced a top-ranked team prior to Oct. 24 was on Nov. 10, 2000 when they played Boston College. Notre Dame lost that game by a 5-3 score.

OH CANADA: Freshman defenseman Wes O’Neill was a member of Canada’s Under-18 Select team that played in last summer’s Under-18 Select World Cup tournament. O’Neill had a goal and four assists in helping Canada to a fourth-place finish. The former Green Bay Gambler also played for Team Ontario at the Under-17 World Championships in Feb. of 2003. There he had three goals and nine assists in six games. O’Neill was the second pick in the 2002 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Draft by the Kingston Frontenacs. He is the highest-drafted OHL player to decide to play college hockey.

CEY IT AIN’T SO: Goaltender Morgan Cey missed the first five games of the season after having knee surgery in July. He returned to the lineup on Oct. 30 and played two games before re-injuring the knee on Nov. 7. In those two games, he was 1-1-0 with a 2.04 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage. Prior to this season, Cey had started 71 of Notre Dame’s 79 games as a freshman and sophomore. He was 15-15-6 last season with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage with two shutouts. Career-wise, Cey is 31-30-9 with a 2.77 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage with four shutouts. He is sixth on Notre Dame’s all-time wins list with 31. His 2.77 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and his four shutouts make him the leader in all three categories at Notre Dame.

CONSECUTIVE GAME STREAK: Graduated defenseman Evan Nielsen (’03) set Notre Dame’s record for consecutive games played last season with 114 in a row from 2000-03. Coming into this weekend with Northern Michigan, seniors Rob Globke and Brett Lebda have each played in 71 consecutive games and are the leaders among active players. The only games Lebda has missed in his career came in 2001-02 when he missed four games while playing at the World Junior Championships. He has played 126 of 130 career games.

NICE GUYS: Notre Dame’s Oct. 30 game with Nebraska-Omaha featured just one penalty. The Irish were not penalized at all while UNO picked up one minor for two minutes. Notre Dame was 0-for-1 on its only power-play chance. For the year, the Irish have just 56 penalties for 112 minutes in 11 games this season. Notre Dame is second in the CCHA and ranks third in the nation for the fewest penalty minutes.

POWER PRODUCER: Senior defenseman Neil Komadoski snapped an 0-for-13 Notre Dame power-play scoring drought in the Oct. 31 win over Nebraska-Omaha. He followed with his second power-play goal of the year in the 3-3 tie at Michigan State. His last three goals for the Irish (including the 2002-03 season) have come via the power play. In 2002-03, he led Notre Dame defensemen in scoring with one goal and 23 assists for 24 points. He now has seven goals in his career with three coming on the power play.

THE CAPTAINS: Senior center Aaron Gill will serve as the team captain for the Irish in 2003-04. As a junior, he finished fourth in scoring with 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points. Four of his 13 goals came on the power play and he recorded his first career hat trick on Oct. 19 in an 8-5 win over Western Michigan. Serving as alternate captains this season are senior right wing Rob Globke and senior defenseman Neil Komadoski. Globke led the Irish in scoring last season with 21 goals and 15 assists for 36 points. Komadoski was Notre Dame’s top scorer from the blue line last year as he scored a goal and added 23 helpers. His 23 assists and 24 points were career-highs for the veteran defenseman.

SEN-CEY-SATIONAL: Junior goaltender Morgan Cey is in his third season as Notre Dame’s go-to-guy in goal. Coming into the 2003-04 season, Cey appeared in 71 of the team’s 79 games from 2001-2003. As a sophomore, Cey was 15-15-6 with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. He is already tied for sixth on Notre Dame’s all-time win list with 30 career wins. His .911 career save percentage and last season’s mark of .912 are school records. Cey is currently tied for first with four career shutouts. In the eight career postseason games, the Wilkie, Sask., native is 4-4 with a 1.66 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage. During the first round of the 2002-03 CCHA playoffs, Cey recorded back-to-back shutouts versus Miami (a first at Notre Dame) and set a then school record with 147:19 of shutout hockey.

BRAIN POWER: Senior defenseman T.J. Mathieson (Clarksville, Md.) is a candidate for Rhodes, Mitchell and Marshall Scholarships for postgraduate studies. Mathieson owns a 3.812 grade-point average in aerospace engineering in Notre Dame’s School of Engineering. He is a two-time winner of Notre Dame’s Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award. He spent the past summer working at General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati. There, he worked doing stress analysis of high-pressure turbines for commercial aircraft engines.

NHL DRAFTEES: Notre Dame has three players on the 2003-04 roster that have been selected in the National Hockey League Entry Draft. Senior Rob Globke was a second-round choice of the Florida Panthers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Selected 40th overall, Globke’s selection was the earliest any Notre Dame player has ever been chosen. Senior defenseman Neil Komadoski was selected in the third round of the 2001 draft by the Ottawa Senators. Sophomore left wing Mike Walsh was selected in the fifth round of the 2002 draft by the New York Rangers.

FAMILY MATTERS: After having as many as four players whose fathers played in the National Hockey League, only one remains for the 2003-04 season. That would be Neil Komadoski, Jr. (Sr., Chesterfield, Mo.), whose father, Neil Komadoski, Sr., played eight NHL seasons as a defenseman with the Los Angeles Kings (’72-’78) and the St. Louis Blues (’77-’80), totaling 16G-76A and 632 penalty minutes in 501 career games.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Two Irish sophomore hockey players – Rory Walsh (So., Milton, Mass.) and Mike Walsh – have fathers who attended Notre Dame. Rory Walsh’s father, Brian (’77), was an all-American hockey player for the Irish. A center iceman, the elder Walsh is Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer after recording 234 career points on 89 goals and 145 assists. Mike Walsh’s father, Max, (’74) was an offensive lineman on the Notre Dame football team and a member of the 1973 national championship team.

FOURTH TIME: Morgan Cey’s back-to-back shutouts (1-0 and 5-0) versus Miami in the first round of last season’s CCHA playoffs made him the fourth goaltender to turn the trick. The others are:

1988-1989 –
Bruce Hoffort, LSSU beat Ferris State, 5-0, 3-0.
1993-94 –
Blaine Lacher, LSSU beat Ohio State, 5-0, 8-0
1999-00 –
Ryan Miller beat Notre Dame, 4-0 in semis and Nebraska-Omaha, 6-0 in finals.

PENALTY SHOTS: Notre Dame goaltender Morgan Cey has faced four penalty shots in his Irish hockey career, including three last season. On Feb. 28, in a 4-2 loss to Western Michigan, Cey stopped Bronco Vince Bellissimo at 14:06 of the third period. A month earlier, Jan. 25, in a 3-3 tie with Michigan State, Cey stopped Jim Slater at 16:23 of the second period. His first stop in 2002-03 came on Nov. 22 at Michigan. In that game, a 4-2 loss to the Wolverines, he stopped Milan Gajic at 12:36 of the second period. The first penalty shot Cey faced came during his freshman season when he stopped Bowling Green’s Greg Day on Dec. 8, 2001. That stop came in a 4-2 loss to the Falcons.

FROZEN TUNDRA: The Irish have developed a pipeline with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United State’s Hockey League. Three members of the current Notre Dame team have played in the Land of Lombardi. Junior defenseman Joe Zurenko (Arlington Heights, Ill.) played there during the ’00-’01 season and freshmen blueliners Noah Babin (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Wes O’Neill were teammates there last year. Assistant coach Layne LeBel also spent the past two seasons with the Gamblers.

GOLD MEDAL ASSISTANT: Irish assistant hockey coach, Andy Slaggert, served as an assistant coach with USA Hockey’s gold-medal winning Under-18 Select Team in August at the World Under-18 Select tournament in the Czech Republic. The 11-year assistant at Notre Dame has been involved in coaching with USA Hockey since the 1996-97 season. This was his first time for coaching on the international level.

U.S. JUNIOR NATIONALS: Sophomore right wing Tim Wallace was one of 43 players invited to USA Hockey’s Junior Evaluation Camp held in Lake Placid, N.Y., in August. Notre Dame has sent eight players to the World Juniors since 1996-97.

Ben Simon – 1996-97, 1997-98
Joe Dusbabek – 1997-98
Dan Carlson – 1998-99
Brett Henning – 1999-2000
Connor Dunlop – 1999-00, 2000-01
David Inman – 1999-2000
Rob Globke – 2000-01, 2001-02
Brett Lebda – 2001-02