Sept. 27, 2000
Irish head coach Dave Poulin talks about this weekend’s scrimmage:
Notre Dame, Ind. – The 2000-01 Notre Dame hockey team will hold a Blue-Gold intrasquad scrimmage at 4:00 p.m. EST, on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Joyce Center fieldhouse — with proceeds to benefit the fight against cancer and, in particular, University of Maine hockey coach Shawn Walsh, who is battling the disease.
Admission to the scrimmage is free, but donations will be accepted. The first 300 fans will receive free adidas T-shirts — and the Notre Dame residence hall with the most students in attendance will receive a Home Run pizza party. Fans in attendance can also register to win authentic hockey jerseys, autographed hockey sticks and other Notre Dame hockey apparel.
This will be the first opportunity for Irish hockey fans to see a talented class of freshmen, including center Aaron Gill (Rochester, Minn.), winger Rob Globke (West Bloomfield, Mich.), and defensemen Tom Galvin (Miller Place, N.Y.), Neil Komadoski (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Brett Lebda (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) — as well as transfer Jon Maruk (Eden Prairie, Minn.) from Alaska Anchorage as the Irish will split the roster and play two 25-minute periods.
Notre Dame, after advancing to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association semifinals in 2000 following a fifth-place regular season showing (and a 16-18-8 overall mark), returns a solid nucleus of players for head coach Dave Poulin’s sixth year as head coach.
Tops among the returnees are senior winger Dan Carlson, (35 points in 1999-2000), senior captain, winger Ryan Dolder, junior center David Inman and sophomore center Connor Dunlop. Senior Ryan Clark and sophomore Evan Nielsen are the top names on defense — while sophomore goaltender Tony Zasowski also is back.
Notre Dame opens the season in the Hall of Fame game Oct. 7 against Minnesota at the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Irish first play at home Oct. 17 against Wayne State.