Nov. 12, 1999
Coach Dave Poulin Postgame Audio!
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Senior left wing Andy Jurkowski continued to spark the struggling Notre Dame offense while freshman goaltender Tony Zasowski made 19 saves for his first career shutuot, as the Irish extended their recent mastery over visiting Alaska Fairbanks with a 1-0 victory Friday in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.
Notre Dame (3-6-2, 2-5-2 CCHA) posted its fifth straight victory over UAF, with a 23-6 scoring edge and a 200-104 advantage in shots on goal during the streak. The Irish have won seven of the last eight games in the series (the lone loss was 3-2 in overtime), with a 35-13 scoring edge during those eight games.
Alaska Fairbanks (3-8-0, 2-7-0 CCHA) continued its recent offensive struggles but the Nanooks stayed in the game behind the play of freshman goaltender Lance Mayes, who stopped 29 of the 30 shots that he faced (UAF also thwarted all five Irish power plays).
The Nanooks had several chances to tie the game in the third period, but Zasowski turned away seven shots while helping stop two UAF power plays in the final 20 minutes.
UAF suffered its first back-to-back shutouts in 21 years of varsity hockey, after dropping a 3-0 game to Michigan State last week (the Nanooks are mired in a 129:06 scoring drought).
Irish sophomore center Brett Henning set up the game’s only goal in the first period, after sliding the puck to Jurkowski near the right boards. Jurkowski worked his way past a UAF player and skated behind the net before attempting a return pass for Henning. The puck hit off a UAF player and bounced towards the left side of the crease, with Jurkowski quickly redirecting a shot between the left post and Mayes’ blocker (6:19).
Notes: Jurkwoski has points in five of the last six games and has scored goals in each of the last four CCHA series (vs. Ferris State, Miami, Nebraska-Omaha and UAF) … he also had an assist in the Miami series, giving him five points in 11 games this season (he had just two goals and four assists in 70 games during his first three seasons with the Irish) … Notre Dame’s 30 shots on goal are its fewest in the last seven games versus UAF, since a 23-shot game in a 6-2 win over UAF on Jan. 18, 1997 … the flu bug continues to hit the Irish, as senior defenseman Tyson Fraser did not play due to illness … Friday marked just the third time in 11 games this season that the Irish have failed to score a power-play goal … the Irish are 16-5-4 in their last 25 regular-season home games.
Notre Dame Head Coach Dave Poulin: “Its not coming easily at all right now, but this is a huge win for us. You have to win a 1-0 game at some point during the year, that type of game where it is tight right down to the wire. There is nothing comfortable about it. (Connor) Dunlop hit the crossbar, we had numerous chances and the power play was very good early, but we just didn’t score. … Boy did we get a save in the first period. You might as well count it one, one at that point. It was a phenomenal save. Then (Zasowski) was real steady the rest of the way. He was just steady and good. A couple of times he was terrific, and we need him there. … Sean Molina was terrific. He has been very good. He missed last weekend and we realized how much we missed him when he was out. He was just dominating tonight in every aspect of the game. He stood the play up, he positionally he was terrific, he was really strong. … Andy Jurkowski really stood out tonight. Not just because of the goal but because that whole line of Jurkowski, Henning, and (Ryan) Dolder was good all night. But then they have been good all year. … Four years ago, (Jurkowski) was a walk-on. He had played junior hockey with (former Irish goaltender) Forrest Karr, and Forrest said be patient because at first you will look at him and think, ‘Well, what does he bring?’ The more you know him, the more he grows on you. And he said in juniors he started the year as the sixth defenseman and at the end of the year he was the first defenseman. I think his sophomore year he played quite a bit of forward. He played quite a bit of left wing. Last year he was back on defense and this year to start the year he was on defense.. He just creates so much energy up front and he takes those guys with him on his line.”
NOTRE DAME 1 0 0 - 1ALASKA FAIRBANKS 0 0 0 - 0
1st: ND 1. Jurkowski 4 (Henning) 6:19.
Shots: UAF 4-8-7/19, ND 15-8-7/30.
Saves: UAF (Lance Mayes) 14-8-7/29, ND (Tony Zasowski) 4-8-7/19.
Power Play: UAF 0-for-6, ND 0-for-5.
Penalties: UAF 6 for 12:00, ND 8 for 16:00.