By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After going 1-0-1 this past weekend against Hockey East opponent Northeastern and improving to 5-2-3 on the season (3-0-1 HEA), the Notre Dame hockey team moved up to No. 16 in latest USCHO.com poll and entered the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll at No. 15. Both national polls were released on Monday, Nov. 16.
For the previous two weeks, Notre Dame was ranked 18th in the USCHO.com poll and had been receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. The No. 15 ranking marks Notre Dame’s highest ranking since it was 14th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll on Nov. 3, 2014.
Last weekend, the Irish posted a 1-0-1 record against Northeastern, including a 3-2 win on Thursday (Nov. 12) and a 2-2 overtime tie on Friday (Nov. 13). In Thursday’s win, Jordan Gross scored a power-play goal at 5:54 of the first period and he then notched his second goal of the game at 13:18 of the opening frame. Andrew Oglevie netted what proved to be the game winner at 3:05 of the second period – his first career goal in an Irish uniform.
In Friday’s 2-2 tie, Jake Evans and Connor Hurley scored for the Irish and Cal Petersen made 32 saves. With a pair of assists, Thomas DiPauli recorded his second multi-point game of the season and the 10th of his career.
On the season, DiPauli (4-7-11) and Evans (2-9-11) lead Notre Dame with 11 points apiece. Anders Bjork (2-8-10) has also reached the 10-point plateau.
In net, Petersen went 1-0-1 against Northeastern; making 23 saves in Thursday’s 3-2 win and then posting 32 saves in Friday’s 2-2 tie. In the series, he recorded a 1.92 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage. In Hockey East play this season, Petersen is 3-0-1 with a 1.71 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.
Notre Dame hits the road this weekend to play a Hockey East series at fifth-ranked UMass Lowell (8-1-2, 4-0-2 HEA). Friday’s game at the Tsongas Center (Lowell, Mass.) will begin at 7:15 p.m., while Saturday’s contest is slated for 7:05 p.m.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August, 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and men’s golf programs. A native Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Prior to Providence, Colleran spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League. He is a 2006 graduate of Providence College, where he also earned an MBA in 2008.