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#16 Irish Host #17 Penn State in B1G Championship Game

WHO: #16 Notre Dame (21-13-3, 11-11-2-2 B1G) vs. #17 Penn State (22-14-2, 11-12-1-1 B1G)
WHEN: Saturday, March 23 – 8 p.m. ET
WHERE: Compton Family Ice Arena
WATCH (TV): Big Ten Network (BTN)
WATCH (STREAMING): BTN2Go & the Fox Sports App
LISTEN: 94.3 FM (South Bend) & UND.com
 

FOR STARTERS

  • For the second consecutive season since joining the league, Notre Dame will play host to the Big Ten Tournament championship game at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
  • Last season, the Fighting Irish defeated Ohio State 3-2 on Cam Morrison’s game-winning goal scored at 9:32 of overtime to complete the Big Ten regular-season and tournament championship sweep (March 17, 2018).
  • To reach the 2019 title game, Notre Dame swept Michigan State in the quarterfinals (March 8-9) and then defeated Minnesota in the semifinals with Michael Graham’s power-play goal 53 seconds into overtime proving to be the difference (March 16).
  • In the three Big Ten tournament games this season, Mike O’Leary, Pierce Crawford and Michael Graham have accounted for Notre Dame’s game-winning goals, while Cale Morris has posted a .988 save percentage (stopping 80 of 81 shots faced) to go along with a 0.33 goals-against average.
  • The Irish are now 5-0-0 on Big Ten Tournament games since joining the Big Ten.
  • Notre Dame 42-29-0 all-time in the playoffs under 14th-year head coach Jeff Jackson, including a 31-20-0 mark in conference tournament playoff games (includes games in the CCHA, Hockey East and Big Ten).
  • Now in nine career playoff games, Morris is 8-1-0 with a .952 save percentage and a 1.55 goals-against average.
  • In five career Big Ten tournament games, Morris is 5-0-0 with a 1.03 goals-against average and a .970 save percentage.
  • The Irish are 15-0-1 this season when scoring at least three goals.
  • Notre Dame (21-13-3) has now reached at least 20 wins on the year for a third consecutive season, marking the second time Notre Dame has recorded at least 20 wins in three consecutive seasons (2006-07 – 2008-09 marked the other time).

AN IRISH WIN COULD…

  • Send Notre Dame to the NCAA Tournament for a program-record fourth consecutive season.
  • Give head coach Jeff Jackson 500 career victories, making him the 13th head coach to reach 500 career wins.
  • Mark Notre Dame’s second consecutive Big Ten Tournament Championship and make the Irish the first team in the league to win multiple Big Ten Tournament championships.
  • Mark the eighth championship in program history (all under the guidance of Jackson), joining regular-season titles in 2006-07 (CCHA), 2008-08 (CCHA) and 2017-18 (B1G) as well as tournament titles in 2007 (CCHA), 2009 (CCHA), 2013 (CCHA) and 2018 (B1G).

B1G HONOREES

  • The Big Ten announced their annual awards on Tuesday afternoon (March 19) and five Irish skaters earned individual honors as voted on by the league’s head coaches and media members.
  • Bobby Nardella was named an All-Big Ten First Team selection, while Cale Morris earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors.
  • Michael Graham was named to the six member Big Ten All-Freshman Team, while Dylan Malmquist was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection.
  • Cal Burke was named the team’s Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.

PROVEN PLAYOFF PERFORMERS

  • Several players on the Irish roster have extensive playoff experience after back-to-back Frozen Four runs.
  • Junior Cam Morrison leads the active roster with 11 career playoff points on six goals and five assists in 15 games.
  • Morrison notched the overtime game-winning goal in last season’s Big Ten Tournament championship victory over Ohio State.
  • Senior Dylan Malmquist has skated in 18 career playoff games, posting four goals and four assists for eight points.
  • Malmquist scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of play in last season’s NCAA East Regional Final against Providence to send the Irish to the Frozen Four.
  • Senior Jack Jenkins has three goals and five assists for eight points in 18 career playoff games (20% of his 15 career goals have come in the playoffs).
  • Jenkins scored the game winner with under a minute remaining in regulation in last season’s Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over Penn State.
  • In 16 career playoff games, Bobby Nardella has a game-winning goal and four assists for five points.
  • In 10 career playoff games, Cal Burke has a goal and three assists for four points.
  • In net last season during the playoffs, Cale Morris went 5-1-0 while posting a 2.03 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage in Notre Dame’s six games.
  • Now in nine career playoff games, Morris is 8-1-0 with a .952 save percentage and a 1.55 goals-against average.
  • In five career Big Ten tournament games, Morris is 5-0-0 with a 1.03 goals-against average and a .970 save percentage.

THE PENN STATE SERIES

  • The Irish lead the all-time series against the Nittany Lions 7-4-2 since Penn State moved to NCAA Division I status (10-4-3 all-time including games against Penn State 1983-85).
  • Last season, Notre Dame was undefeated in five contests against Penn State (4-0-1).
  • Dating back to their inaugural season in the conference, the Irish now boast a 6-2-1 record against Penn State over the past two seasons.
  • In their first series this season, the two teams split at Penn State with Notre Dame taking Friday night’s game, 5-4 with Penn State countering with a 9-1 win on Saturday (Dec. 7-8).
  • Then at Notre Dame, the teams also split a series on March 1-2, with the Irish posting a comeback overtime win in game one, 5-4, and Penn State taking game two, 3-2.
  • In the game one comeback, Mike O’Leary scored twice, including the game-winner 1:37 into overtime, as the Fighting Irish overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat Penn State.
  • Last season in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals at the Compton Family Ice Arena, Jack Jenkins netted the game winner with 31 seconds left in regulation for a 3-2 win, propelling the Irish to the championship and sparking their “cardiac kids” run where they won five straight games by scoring the game-winner in the final minute of regulation or in overtime.
  • In his first game in a Notre Dame uniform, Dylan Malmquist tallied an assist on an Andy Ryan goal for his first collegiate point as the teams opened their 2015-16 seasons at the Pegula Ice Arena.
  • The following night, Malmquist recorded his first career goal in an Irish uniform, while Bobby Nardella recorded his first career point on the play with the primary assist.
  • Notre Dame’s career offensive leaders against Penn State include Dylan Malmquist (13 GP; 2-10-12), Bobby Nardella (13 GP; 1-7-8), Matt Hellickson (9 GP, 2-5-7), Cal Burke (11 GP; 2-5-7) and Joe Wegwerth (8 GP; 2-3-5).
  • In net, Cale Morris is 6-2-1 against Penn State with a 3.01 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.

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