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Gross Leads #3/4 Irish To Comeback Tie

Oct. 21, 2016

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By Dan Colleran

NOTRE DAME, Ind. –Trailing 3-1 late in the second period against Penn State, Andrew Oglevie scored before intermission to make it a one goal game and then Jordan Gross added a third period, game-tying tally in an eventual 3-3 overtime tie versus Penn State on Friday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena (3,411).

Down the stretch the #3/4 Irish (3-1-1) had several great scoring chances, inclduing one by Anders Bjork, but could not come up with a go-ahead goal against Penn State (2-1-1) goaltender Peyton Jones, who finished with 30 saves.

Jake Evans’ first career shorthanded goal tied the game at 1-1 after one period of play. Penn State pushed it to a 3-1 lead at 18:08 of the second on Dylan Richards’ second goal of the period.

Just 39 seconds later, the Irish responded as Oglevie found the back of the net, setting the stage for Gross’ game-tying tally.

Cal Petersen finished with 29 stops in the Irish net. With 40 seconds left in overtime, he came up with one of his best saves of the night as he denied Brandon Biro on an odd-man rush to preserve the 3-3 tie.


Jones was one of the keys to the Nittany Lion penalty kill, which held the Irish to a 0-for-9 mark with the man advantage.

The Irish penalty kill unit also played a crucial role. After giving up a quick power-play goal to Nikita Pavlychev at the 2:16 mark of the first period, Notre Dame killed off the final six Nittany Lions power plays it faced.

To start the second period, the Irish killed off 52 seconds of a Penn State 5-on-3 and then negated an additional 1:08 of Nittany Lion power play time.


Jordan Gross’ third period tally helped lift the Irish to the tie. It was the third goal of the season for the junior, who led all Hockey East defensemen in scoring last season. He also added an assist for a two-point night and led the team with six shots on goal.


1-1 | Jake Evans jammed in a rebound in front at 15:14 of the first period to tie the game, 1-1. The shorthanded tally came after Dawson Cook intercepted a pass at the defensive blue line, skated into the offensive zone and forced two shots on goal.

3-2 | After a failed clear up the wall by Penn State that deflected off of Jordan Gross’ stick, Andrew Oglevie flipped a wrist shot on net that found the top corner for his fourth goal of the season at 18:47 of the second.

3-3 | Moving into the offensive zone, Anders Bjork dropped a pass off to Jake Evans, who then found Jordan Gross trailing the play. Gross skated to the tops of the circle and sent a wrist shot low past Peyton Jones for his third goal of the season at 12:28 of the third period.


The Irish and Nittany Lions will close out their weekend series tomorrow night at the Compton Family Ice Arena in a 7:10 p.m. game that will be televised by the NBC Sports Network.

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  • Cal Petersen made his 55th-consecutive start in goal for the Irish.
  • The Irish are now 1-1-1 all-time against Penn State.
  • Jake Evans scored his first career shorthanded goal.
  • Sophomore Andrew Oglevie scored his fourth goal of the season (as a freshman, had five goals in 31 GP).
  • Oglevie extended his point streak to four games (3-1-4).
  • Anders Bjork extended his point streak to five games with an assist (5-6-11).
  • Jordan Gross established a two-game point streak (2-1-3).

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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).