Nov. 14, 2003
Notre Dame, Ind. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish got solo goals from Tom Galvin, Brett Lebda, Tim Wallace and Mike Walsh while freshman goaltender David Brown made 28 saves in a 4-0 exhibition game win over the United States National Team Development program’s Under-18 squad.
The Under-18 team, fresh off a silver-medal win at the Four Nations Cup in Switzerland features the top under-18 prospects in the nation and is based in Ann Arbor, Mich.
On a night that saw the Irish break out their new “Notre Dame gold” third jerseys, the two teams started slow in the first period before the Irish broke on top first at 19:09 on Galvin’s power-play goal. Senior right wing Rob Globke set the play up with a pretty feed to freshman Mike Bartlett in the slot. The pass deflected off Bartlett’s stick to Galvin as he closed in from the right point. Galvin lifted the puck over goaltender Jordan Pearce for the 1-0 lead.
The Irish would score twice in the second period. Defenseman Brett Lebda scored just 41 seconds into the period off a pass from Matt Amado. Globke picked up his second assist on the night.
“I thought that Rob (Globke) played outstanding tonight,” said head coach Dave Poulin.
“He really set the tone for the game. He kept it simple and played smart. I was really pleased with the way he controlled the tempo of the game early.”
Lebda did the work on Notre Dame’s third goal as he carried the puck into the U.S. zone and fed it from the left circle to sophomore Tim Wallace alone in front. Wallace wasted little time depositing the puck behind Pearce for the 3-0 lead at 9:55.
Notre Dame’s final goal came at 12:25 of the third period and came off a faceoff in the left wing circle. Aaron Gill controlled the draw back to defenseman Noah Babin. The freshman defender found Mike Walsh on the right side of the goal and he directed it past Pearce for the 4-0 lead.
Brown, who has already recorded three shutouts in the regular season, made this his fourth of the year. He and the Notre Dame penalty-killing unit had a strong night, stopping all nine USA power-play chances.
For the night, the Irish outshot the Under-18 team, 39-28. Pearce finished the game with 35 saves.
The Irish were 1-for-6 on the power play while the U.S. Under-18 team was 0-for-9.
“This was a good game for us,” said Poulin.
“We’re 10 games into the season. We’ve watched guys and are starting to fit them into various roles. This would have been an off week, but we had the chance to play a pretty talented team and see what players could do in different roles. Guys like Josh Sciba, Matt Williams-Kovacs and Mike Bartlett got more ice time and played very well. Brett Lebda had his best game of the season. He controlled the play when he was on the ice. Overall, it was a good win.”
Notre Dame returns to regular season action next weekend at home when the Irish play host to Lake Superior at the Joyce Center. Game time on Friday, November 21 is 7:35 p.m. Notre Dame will go into that game with a 5-3-1 overall record and a 4-3-1 mark in CCHA play. The loss drops the U.S. Under-18 team’s record to 9-9-0.
** The Irish wore their new third jersey for the first time in the game. The Notre Dame gold jerseys include a green shamrock on the sleeves and are trimmed in blue and white. This is the first time the Irish have worn a third jersey since wearing green jerseys in the 2000 CCHA semifinals at Joe Louis Arena on March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day.
** Notre Dame’s roster featured eight players who have played on the U.S. Under-18 team over the past four seasons. The group includes: seniors Rob Globke, Neil Komadoski and Brett Lebda, junior Derek Smith, sophomore Tim Wallace and freshmen Mike Bartlett, Noah Babin and Josh Sciba. Since the Developmental Program began in 1997, a total of 13 players have played at Notre Dame. Only Wisconsin and Michigan, with 14 each, have had more.
USA Under-18 (9-9-0) 0 0 0 - 0Notre Dame (5-3-1) 1 2 1 - 4
ScoringFirst Period: ND: Tom Galvin (Mike Bartlett, Rob Globke), ppg, 19:09.Penalties: USA: 1 for 2 minutes; ND: 2 for 4 minutes.
Second Period: ND: Brett Lebda (Matt Amado, Globke), 00:41; ND: Tim Wallace (Lebda), 9:55.Penalties: USA: 2 for 4 minutes; ND: 3 for 6 minutes.
Third Period: ND: Mike Walsh (Noah Babin, Aaron Gill), 12:25.Penalties: USA: 6 for 12 minutes; ND: 5 for 10 minutes.
Shots On Goal:U.S. Under-18 8 - 9 - 11 - 28Notre Dame 11 - 18 - 10 - 39
Goaltender Saves:USA - Jordan Pearce (60:00) 10 - 16 - 9 - 35Notre Dame - David Brown (60:00) 8 - 9 - 11 - 28
Power Plays: USA: 0 for 9; ND: 1 for 6