Jan. 21, 2017
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Dylan Malmquist scored in the first period and Cal Petersen held one of the nation’s most prolific offenses off the board to lead Notre Dame to a 3-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena (4,652).
Petersen made 31 saves to earn his NCAA-leading fifth shutout of the season and the tenth of his career.
New Hampshire (11-9-4, 6-3-3 HEA) goaltender Danny Tirone finished with 40 saves on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead at 14:16 of the first period when Malmquist picked up a rebound in front off of an Anders Bjork shot and wristed home his sixth goal of the season.
After a scoreless second period, Peeke notched an insurance tally at 3:54 of the third period with a shot from the top of the circle after collecting a pass from Evans, who was situated on the goal line to Tirone’s left.
Evans then pushed the lead to 3-0 at 7:52 of the third when he beat Tirone high with a shot from the slot for his eighth goal of the season. Evans has now notched at least one point in 10 of Notre Dame’s last 11 games.
Joe Wegwerth also drew a penalty shot in the third period after he was slashed on a breakaway, but Tirone made a right pad save on the ensuing penalty shot attempt by the sophomore winger.
The Irish were boosted by going three-for-three on the penalty kill, blanking a New Hampshire power play which came into the night ranked seventh in the nation.
COACH JACKSON’S THOUGHTS
On the game in general …
“It was a tough game. They’re hard to score on. Everybody talks about how good they are offensively, but their goaltender had a good weekend and made it very challenging for us to score on and they play good on their own end. Defensively they’re tough because they create turnovers, but tonight I thought we did a better job of not turning those pucks over as much as we did last night. A couple timely goals in the third period certainly took the pressure off.”
On tonight’s possession game …
“We’ve got to learn to be as good without the puck as we are with it. When we’re good with the puck we’re pretty fast. When I say without the puck, I mean offensively too. I thought our puck support was better and I thought we did a better job of coming out of our zone from last night so it was a good weekend for us. We had a good set of shots last night and close to that tonight.”
On New Hampshire’s defense…
“I think it’s the nature in which they played they kind of play a bend and don’t break system on their own end. They give you a lot of outside shots and that kid he makes a lot of good saves. He challenges. He’s not a real big guy but he’s really aggressive and comes out on you and it’s hard for guys to get accustomed to that.”
On Notre Dame’s fourth line…
“They gave us some good minutes. I thought Mike O’Leary, Bo Brauer, [Joe Wegwerth]. They are three big bodies. They were playing against a line that was smaller and fast so it was good to keep the puck in the offensive line instead of having to chase those guys. I was pleased with them I thought all three of those guys played well together tonight. It has also been good to have Felix [Holmberg] back in the lineup.”
On the scoring depth…
“Getting scoring depth is important because you’re going to have nights like tonight and people are really focusing on Anders right now … We need to make sure guys like Malmquist and Ogelvie last night and guys that are on the second third fourth lines are productive for us by combination or individuals.”
The Irish will play one game next weekend at 10th-ranked Boston College on Saturday, Jan. 28. It will be the second game in this season’s two-game Hockey East series, with Notre Dame previously posting a dramatic comeback win over the Eagles, 3-2, at the Compton Family Ice Arena (Dec. 10).
NOTRE DAME – NEW HAMPSHIRE GAME NOTES
- Junior goaltender Cal Petersen made his 75th-consecutive start in the Notre Dame net, which ranks as the 10th-longest streak in the NCAA Div. I records book.
- Petersen has also appeared 76 consecutive games, which is tied for the ninth-longest mark in the NCAA Div. I records book.
- Jordan Gross skated in his 104th consecutive game, dating back to the first game of his freshman season.
- With two assists, Andrew Oglevie extended his point streak to five games (3-4-7).
- The Irish are now 4-0-1 in their last five meetings with New Hampshire.
- With a goal and an assist, Jake Evans extended his point streak to three games (1-3-4) and he now has at least one point in 10 of Notre Dame’s last 11 games.
- Anders Bjork has now notched at least one point in each of Notre Dame’s 14 wins.
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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 golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).