Nov. 10, 2000
Notre Dame, Ind. – Freshman center Tony Voce scored two goals in the span of 1:57 in the second period and senior goaltender Scott Clemmensen turned aside 34 of 37 Notre Dame shots to lead the top-ranked Boston College Eagles to a 5-3 win over the Fighting Irish in front of a standing room only crowd of 2,749 at the Joyce Center Friday night.
Notre Dame got goals from Rob Globke (Fr., West Bloomfield, Mich.), Aaron Gill (Fr., Rochester, Minn.) and Jake Wiegand (Northville, Mich.) in the loss. Sophomore goaltender Tony Zasowski made 27 stops on the night for the Irish.
The loss drops ND to 3-6-2 on the season while Boston College is now 8-2-0 on the year. The Irish now have two weeks off before returning to action at home on November 24-25 versus Northern Michigan.
The two teams swapped first period goals. Junior left wing Jeff Giuliano scored just 1:10 into the game deflecting a centering pass from defenseman Brett Peterson past Zasowski.
Notre Dame tied the game at 12:10 of the first on the power play on a beautiful goal by Globke. Senior left wing Dan Carlson (Edina, Minn.) pulled the defense toward him and slid the puck ahead to put the freshman right wing in alone on Clemmensen. He pulled the goaltender down, went to his backhand and deposited it behind the veteran netminder for his team best sixth goal of the season.
Pure hustle by Voce, but the Eagles ahead to stay in the second period. Right wing Mike Lephart raced down the left wing and tried to get around the Notre Dame defense. His shot was stopped by Zasowski, but Voce rammed the rebound in for his second of the season.
Less than two minutes later, Voce turned aggressive forechecking in the Irish zone into his second goal of the night. With two Notre Dame defenders racing back into their zone for a loose puck, Voce somehow got between them, got his puck on his stick and shoveled it past Zasowski for a 3-1 Boston College lead at the 9:00 minute mark.
“Voce swung the game for Boston College with some great hustle,” said Notre Dame coach Dave Poulin following the game. “Both goals were just tremendous second effort. I thought we were playing well, then we are down by two goals.”
The Irish would fall behind 4-1 at 12:48 when Mark McLellan ripped a drop pass from Peterson just inside the Notre Dame zone past Zasowski for his first goal of the season.
Moments later, BC’s Brian Gionta was whistled for hooking. Poulin called timeout to regroup his squad. “I took the timeout to give our top power play a rest and get them all out there at once,” explained Poulin. “I told them we are going to score on this power play and get back in this game.”
The Irish used all put 14 seconds of the power play to cut the BC lead to 4-2. Jon Maruk (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) fought off a BC defender behind the goal, came out on Clemmensen’s right side and tried to tuck the puck in. The BC goaltender made the stop, but Gill pounced on the rebound and pushed it past the All-American candidate for his second goal of the game.
“I felt pretty good going into the lockerroom with the score 4-2,” said Poulin. I told them, we were behind because their guy made two plays. Let’s get out there and play.”
Notre Dame cut the lead to 4-3 as Wiegand cashed in at 9:39 (one second after a BC penalty expired) off some nifty puckhandling by senior winger Matt Van Arkel (Richton, Ill.). After John Wroblewski (So., Neenah, Wisc.) won a face-off to the left of Clemmensen, Van Arkel picked up the puck and moved in front of the goal. With a BC defender falling in front of him, he spun away from the goal, then turned and fired a shot. Clemmensen made the stop, but Wiegand put the rebound in for his first of the season and second of his career.
From there the Irish had their chances, but couldn’t beat Clemmensen. With the Irish on a power play, the Eagles cleared the zone with Gionta and Lephart breaking into the Irish zone. Lephart pulled the defender toward him and fed Gionta who made no mistake about scoring the shorthanded goal that broke ND’s back at 13:12 of the period.
Despite the loss, Poulin found some positives that he’ll emphasis in the coming two week break.
“We played much better this time than the first time we played them. I thought we played well system-wise, now we need individuals to step up and make some plays,” commented Poulin. “We stopped one of the best power plays in the country (ND killed all seven BC power play attempts). There were lots of good things out there tonight. Now we’ll take this break and prepare for the next six-game segment of the schedule.”
SUMMARY: Boston College (8-2-0) 1 3 1 – 5
Notre Dame (3-6-2) 1 1 1 – 3
First Period: BC: Jeff Giuliano 6 (Brett Peterson, Chuck Kobashew), 1:10, ND: Rob Globke 6 (Dan Carlson), PP, 12:10.
Penalties: BC: 3 for 6 minutes, ND: 1 for 2 minutes.
Second Period: BC: Tony Voce 2 (Mike Lephart) 7:07, BC: Voce 3 (unassisted) 9:00, BC: Mark McLennan 1 (Brett Peterson) 12:48, ND: Aaron Gill 2 (Jon Maruk), PP, 14:34.
Penalties: BC: 3 for 6 minutes, ND: 2 for 4 minutes.
Third Period: ND: Jake Weigand 1 (Matt Van Arkel, John Wroblewski) 9:39, BC: Brian Gionta 5 (Lephart), SH, 13:12.
Penalties: BC: 3 for 6 minutes, ND: 4 for 8 minutes.
Boston College: 0 for 7
Notre Dame: 2 for 9
Shots On Goal
Boston College: 10 – 11 – 11 – 32
Notre Dame: 13 – 11 – 13 – 37
Boston College: Scott Clemmensen (60:00) 12 – 10 – 12 – 34
Notre Dame: Tony Zasowski (58:57) 9 – 8 – 10 – 27
Attendance: 2,749 (SRO)