Dec. 1, 2000
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Sophomore right wing Aaron Davis and senior defenseman Ryan Knox each picked up a goal and an assist as the Lake Superior Lakers held off a late Notre Dame rally to defeat the Fighting Irish, 2-1, in a CCHA league game Friday night at Taffy Abel Arena.
The loss dropped Notre Dame to 3-8-3 overall and 1-4-2 in league play. The win snapped Lake Superior’s three-game losing streak and improved the Lakers to 7-10-0 overall and moved their league record to 4-8-0. The two teams will meet tonight for a 7:05 game at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
The Lakers got the first goal of the game with just one second left in the first period. With ND’s Rob Globke off for hooking, the Irish could not get the puck out of their zone. Lake Superior’s Ryan Vince found Aaron Davis wide-open in the slot and the sophomore right wing beat ND goaltender Kyle Kolquist at the 19:59 mark of the period for his sixth goal of the year.
The Laker goal snapped ND’s penalty killing streak at 24 in a row. The Irish had not given up a power play goal in the month of November (five games) with the last man-advantage goal coming on October 27th by Michigan State.
Lake Superior wasted little time getting its second goal as the Lakers scored just 53 seconds into the second period with the trio of Vince, Davis and Ryan Knox again doing the damage.
This time the Lakers worked the puck along the boards with Vince getting the puck to Davis who moved it to the left point for Knox. The senior captain fired a wrist shot through a screen in front of the goal that managed to get past Kolquist for his fourth goal of the season.
The Irish offense struggled through the first two periods getting just 11 shots on senior goaltender Jayme Platt and going 0-for-8 on the power play before scoring on their ninth power play chance of the game.
With the Lakers’ Vince off for a slashing penalty, freshman defenseman Brett Lebda flipped the puck on goal from the left point where Dan Carlson deflected the puck past Platt for his third goal of the season at 15:40.
Notre Dame would get one more power play chance, but failed to score, going 1-for-10 in the game.
On the night, Lake Superior outshot Notre Dame by a 27-24 margin. Kolquist, making just the second start of his Notre Dame career made 25 saves while Platt, recorded 23 on the night, including nine in the third period.
Game Summary: 1 2 3 F Notre Dame (3-8-3/1-4-2) 0 0 1 1 Lake Superior St. (7-10-0/4-8-0) 1 1 0 2
First Period: LSSU: Aaron Davis – 6 (Ryan Vince, Ryan Knox), PPG, 19:59.
Penalties: ND: 3 for 6 minutes, LSSU: 4 for 8 minutes.
Second Period: LSSU: Ryan Knox – 4 (Davis, Vince), :53.
Penalties: ND: 7 for 22 minutes, LSSU: 7 for 22 minutes.
Third Period: ND: Dan Carlson – 3 (Brett Lebda), PP, 15:20.
Penalties: ND: 0 for 0 minutes, LSSU: 2 for 4 minutes.
Shots On Goal:
Notre Dame: 4 – 7 – 13 – 24
Lake Superior St. 11 -11 – 5 – 27
Notre Dame – Kyle Kolquist (58:48) 10 – 10 – 5 – 25
Lake Superior St. – Jayme Platt (60:00) 4 – 7 – 12 – 23
Notre Dame: 1 for 10
Lake Superior St.: 1 for 5