Dec. 14, 2015
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After scoring the game-winning goal with 22 seconds left in the third period in Notre Dame’s 4-3 victory at No. 3 Boston College (Dec. 10), freshman defenseman Dennis Gilbert has been named the Warrior Player of the Week by the Hockey East Association (Dec. 14).
Gilbert notched the primary assist on Jordan Gross’ third period goal that started the Notre Dame comeback as Gross’ tally at 8:33 of the third period cut the Boston College lead to 3-2.
Then, after Andrew Oglevie tied the game at 3-3 at the 15:26 mark, Gilbert sent a slap shot through traffic and past Boston College goaltender Thatcher Demko to hand the Irish the 4-3 win. It was Gilbert’s first career game-winning goal and his second multi-point game in an Irish uniform. The win also snapped Boston College’s 13-game unbeaten streak.
On the season, Gilbert has played in all 17 games for the Irish while totaling eight points on two goals and six assists. He is the first Notre Dame player to earn Hockey East Warrior Player of the Week honors since Cal Petersen did so on Feb. 23, 2015.
With the win over Boston College, Notre Dame closed out the first semester with a 9-4-4 record, including a 6-1-2 mark in Hockey East play (14 points, second place).
Gilbert and the Irish return to action on Jan. 1-2 with a two-game series at Denver.
Hockey East Weekly Awards — December 14, 2015
Warrior Player of the Week – Dennis Gilbert, Notre Dame
Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week – Packy Munson, Vermont
HEA Defensive Player of the Week – Sean Maguire, Boston University
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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 men’s golf programs. A native Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Prior to Providence, Colleran spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League. He is a 2006 graduate of Providence College, where he also earned an MBA in 2008.