Nov. 28, 2010
Grand Forks, N.D. – Sophomore defenseman Sam Calabrese scored his first collegiate goal with 3:03 left in regulation to give Notre Dame a 2-2 with North Dakota on Saturday night in front of a sell-out crowd of 11,742 at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The Irish benefited from the stellar play of sophomore goaltender Mike Johnson who made a season-high 39 saves in the tie, including killing off two North Dakota power-play chances in the overtime.
The Fighting Sioux got goals from Derek Rodwell and Matt Frattin while T.J. Tynan joined Calabrese in the Notre Dame scoring column.
The tie gives 11th-ranked Notre Dame a 9-4-2 overall record while 10th-ranked North Dakota is now 9-5-2 on the season.
The Fighting Sioux out shot the Irish, 41-28, in the game. Aaron Dell made 28 saves for North Dakota.
After a scoreless first period that saw Johnson stop all 15 shots he faced, North Dakota finally broke through on the sophomore goaltender at 10:42 of the second period as Rodwell scored on a tip-in from the left side of the goal for his fourth of the season.
Defenseman Derek Forbort fired a wrist shot from the left point that Rodwell got his stick on just below the shoulders, deflecting the puck over Johnson’s stick hand to make it 1-0.
Notre Dame answered back with its secret weapon – the short-handed goal – at 14:57 with Tynan getting his eighth goal of the year.
With the Fighting Sioux on the power play, Tynan broke up a pass inside the Irish zone and lofted the puck down the ice towards the right corner. Riley Sheahan out raced the North Dakota defense and fired a shot from the right boards that Dell stopped. Sheahan continued to the goal and was able to push the rebound to the slot where Tynan raced in and snapped a wrister past Dell to tie the game at 1-1.
The short-handed goal was the seventh of the season for the Irish as they lead the nation in that department.
Again Johnson turned in another stellar period, stopping 14-of 15 shots in the middle stanza.
The Fighting Sioux took advantage of a penalty at the end of the second period to score on the power play at the 1:31 mark of the third period to take a 2-1 lead.
Frattin would get the goal on a long shot through a screen from the right point that beat Johnson to the stick side. The goal was Frattin’s 13th of the season.
The Irish got the game-tying goal with 3:03 left in the game after some more great work from Tynan. The 5-8, 168-pound center broke around senior defenseman Chay Genoway and drove on the goal, getting a shot on Dell. The rebound came loose in the crease where Jeff Costello got one whack at it before Calabrese drove from the point and pushed the puck into the goal. At first the officials waved the goal off but after checking replay, the puck crossed the goal line before the net came off its moorings and the Irish had a 2-2 tie.
The Sioux would get two great opportunities in overtime as the Irish were called for penalties at 19:57 of regulation and with 37 seconds in the extra stanza.
Johnson and the Notre Dame penalty killers held North Dakota off the scoreboard and actually had the best scoring chance when Riley Sheahan broke in short-handed with 11 seconds to go in the game. He made a great move to get to the goal before the puck rolled off his stick and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Notre Dame continues its four-game road swing next weekend when the Irish travel to Oxford, Ohio for a pair of games with #5/#5 Miami on Dec. 3-4.
** IRISH NOTES **
* The tie game was the 16th for the Irish since their last loss in overtime – March 21, 2008 – a 2-1 loss to Miami in the CCHA semifinals. Notre Dame is now 3-0-13 in overtime since that game.
* For the weekend, North Dakota fired 80 shots on the Irish goal, recording season highs for shots against the Irish each night. The 39 on Friday was surpassed by the 41 on Saturday. Prior to this weekend, the most shots the Irish had given up in a game was 34 against Boston University and Lake Superior State.
* Notre Dame is now 2-3-2 on the road this season to go with 6-0-0 at home and 1-1-0 on neutral ice.
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 3 OT - F#11/#11 Notre Dame (9-4-2) 0 1 1 0 - 2#10/#9 North Dakota (9-5-2) 0 1 1 0 - 2
First Period: No Scoring
Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; UND: 1 for 2 minutes.
Penalties: ND: 4 for 8 minutes; UND: 0 for 0 minutes.
Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; UND: 2 for 4 minutes.
Overtime: No Scoring.
Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; UND: 0 for 0 minutes.
Shots On Goal:Notre Dame 7 - 9 - 9 - 3 - 28North Dakota 12 - 15 - 10 - 4 - 41
Goaltender Saves:ND: Mike Johnson (65:00) 12 - 14 - 9 - 4 - 39UND: Aaron Dell (65:00) 7 - 8 - 8 - 3 - 26
Power Plays:ND: 0 for 3UND: 1 for 7
Attendance: 11,742 (sellout)