Thomas DiPauli facing off against Michigan in 2012-13

Irish and Wolverines Renew Rivalry at NCAA Midwest Regional

March 22, 2016

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Match-up: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Notre Dame
Date: Friday, March 25, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Site: Cincinnati, Ohio
Arena: U.S. Bank Arena (7,221)
Television: ESPNU
Play-by-Play: Allen Bestwick
Analyst: Colby Cohen
Live Streaming: WatchESPN App
Live Radio: New Country 99.9 FM
Play-by-Play: Darin Pritchett
Live Audio: WatchND App
Play-by-Play: Darin Pritchett
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Live Updates: @NDHockey
Series History: UM leads, 73-56-5 (134 games)

— After missing out last season, Notre Dame returns to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons and for the eighth time in program history.
— The Irish are 6-7-0 all-time in NCAA play (6-6-0 under Jeff Jackson).
— Notre Dame and Michigan resume their rivalry for the 135th all-time meeting and for the first time since the 2012-13 season, when Notre Dame went 5-0-0 against the Wolverines.
— Notre Dame and Michigan have met once previously in NCAA play: a 5-4 overtime win by the Irish in the 2008 national semifinal.

— Former CCHA rivals, Michigan and Notre Dame have played 134 times with Michigan leading the all-time series 73-56-5.
— Notre Dame recognizes the first official meeting as a 3-2 overtime win by the Fighting Irish on Jan. 17, 1922 at the Weinberg Coliseum in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
— The teams’ most recent meetings came during the 2012-13 season when Notre Dame went 5-0-0 against the Wolverines, including a 3-1 victory in the championship game of the CCHA tournament.
— The CCHA championship game victory by the Irish ended the Wolverines’ season (current senior goaltender Steve Racine was the starter in that game for Michigan).
— Notre Dame and Michigan’s only other meeting in the NCAA Tournament came at the 2008 Frozen Four (Denver, Colorado) when the Irish posted a 5-4 overtime win to advance to the NCAA championship game for the first time in program history.
— Calle Ridderwall scored the game-winning goal in that contest at the 5:44 mark of overtime.
— Ben Ryan, the older brother of current Fighting Irish defenseman Andy Ryan, played in that national semifinal win over the Wolverines.
— The Irish and Wolverines met each season from 1991-92 to 2012-13.
— Head Coach Jeff Jackson is 27-25-1 all-time against Michigan (including his time at Lake Superior State), while he is 9-5-0 all-time against the Wolverines in the playoffs.

— The Irish have played 17 games this season against teams in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
— Notre Dames is 3-8-6 on the season in those 17 games, including wins over Northeastern (Nov. 12), Boston College (Dec. 10) and Boston University (Feb. 27).

— Notre Dame has taken a 1-0 lead in 27 of its 36 games this season.
— The Irish are 18-4-5 when scoring first.
— Notre Dame is out-scoring opponents 36-17 in the first period (+19).
— The 27 first goals are tied for the fifth-most in the country.