Nov. 5, 2005
Notre Dame, Ind. – For the first time this season, the Notre Dame hockey team showed off its offense, scoring five goals in a game for the first time since a 6-5 overtime loss to Ohio State in the first game of the 2004 CCHA Super Six. The only problem is that their opponent, the University of Michigan, scored eight goals of their own as No. 3-ranked Wolverines defeated the Irish by an 8-5 score in front of a sellout crowd of 2,763 at the Joyce Center on Friday night.
Andrew Cogliano paced the Michigan attack with two goals and two assists while T.J. Hensick was one of five Michigan players with a goal in the win. Hensick also had two assists for his three-point game as the Wolverines scored four power-play goals in seven chances in the game. Travis Turnbull, Chad Kolarik, Jason Bailey, Brandon Naurato and Kevin Porter also scored for Michigan.
For the Irish, senior right wing Tim Wallace and freshman right wing Erik Condra led the way with a goal and an assist in the game. Matt Amado, Mike Walsh and Garrett Regan also had single goals for the Irish.
The loss drops Notre Dame to 1-4-0 overall and 0-1-0 in CCHA play while Michigan is now 6-1-1 on the year and 2-1-1 in conference action.
Notre Dame wasted little time getting on the scoreboard when Amado picked up his first of the season just 18 seconds into the game when he tucked a Tim Wallace rebound behind Wolverine goaltender Noah Ruden.
The score stayed that way until the 9:50 mark of the first period when Turnbull scored Michigan’s first power play goal, his third of the season.
The Wolverines would take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission via the power play at 19:13 when pin-point passing by defensemen Jack Johnson and Matt Hunwick set up Kolarik for a shot from the slot that beat Irish goaltender David Brown under the crossbar for Kolarik’s first goal of the year.
The Michigan lead wound go to 4-1 in the second period as Bailey and Naurato each got their first goals of the season at 5:55 and 11:22 with Naurato’s coming on the power play.
The Irish got back in the game at 16:32 of the second as Wallace notched his third goal of the year of an nice feed from Mark Van Guilder (two assists in game) for a power play goal. Michigan had dumped the puck deep int the Irish zone where Brown caught the Wolverines in a line change and put a pass on the stick of Van Guilder at the UM blue line. Van Guilder pulled the defenseman to him and slid the puck to Wallace who beat Ruden with a nice move in front.
Things got wild in the third period when the two teams combined for seven goals. Porter scored from the slot on a power-play wrist shot off a nice feed from Hensick behind the goal line at 2:47 to give Michigan a 5-2 lead.
Walsh answered back for the Irish at 7:16 with his first of the season after some strong cycling in the right wing corner by Josh Sciba and Condra. Condra’s pass found Walsh at the right-wing boards and his wrist shot from a bad angle beat Ruden over his glove and just inside the far post to cut the lead to 5-3.
Hensick answered back at 12:31, as he and Cogliano combined on a two-on-one as a Wolverine penalty expired to beat the Irish defense and Brown in the goal. The goal was Hensick’s fourth of the year and made it 6-3 for Michigan.
Notre Dame’s freshman class would answer back to score twice in a 23-second span to cut the lead to 6-5. Regan got his second of the season at 15:13 when he got through the Michigan defense and beat Ruden with a back-hander. Condra followed when he stole the puck at the blue line and raced in on Ruden. As a Michigan defender pulled him down, he slid the puck under Ruden while crashing into the goal.
The Irish comeback would be short-lived though. Cogliano broke into the Notre Dame zone and drilled a wrist shot over Brown’s right shoulder at 16:33 for his fifth of the season and then added an empty-net goal at 19:11 for the final score of 8-5.
On the night, Michigan out shot Notre Dame by a 33-31 margin. Ruden finished with 26 saves on the night. Brown, who played 56:33, was credited with 23 saves while senior Rory Walsh made two saves while playing 2:10 in the final period.
The Wolverine power play clicked on four of seven chances while the Irish were just 1-for-10 with the man advantage in the game.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at Yost Arena with faceoff set for 7:35 p.m. The game will be televised on Comcast Local and can be seen in the South Bend area on Comcast Cable channel three.
** Michigan’s win gives the Wolverines seven straight wins over the Irish. Notre Dame’s last win over Michigan came in that 5-2 win on Feb. 28, 2004 at the Joyce Center.
** The 13 goals that the two teams combined for were the most for the Irish since an 8-6 loss to Western Michigan on Dec. 5, 2003 in Kalamazoo.
** David Brown’s assist on Tim Wallace’s power-play goal was the second of his career at Notre Dame.
** Freshman Erik Condra has now scored in four straight games for the Irish (1g, 6a, 7 pts.). Fellow freshman Garrett Regan has now scored goals in two straight games. Condra and Wallace each had their second multiple-point game of the season.
Summary: 1 2 3 FMichigan (6-1-1/2-1-1) 2 2 4 8Notre Dame (1-4-0/0-1-0) 1 1 3 5
First Period: ND: Matt Amado 1 (Tim Wallace, Mark Van Guilder), 00:18; UM: Travis Turnbull 3 (Brandon Kaleniecki, Andrew Ebbett), PPG, 9:50; UM: Chad Kolarik 1 (Jack Johnson, Matt Hunwick), PPG, 19:13.Penalties: UM: 4 for 8 minutes; ND: 3 for 6 minutes.
Second Period: UM: Jason Bailey 1 (Kevin Porter, T.J. Hensick), 5:55; UM: Brandon Naurato 1 (Ebbett, Andrew Cogliano), PPG, 11:22; ND: Wallace 3 (Van Guilder, David Brown), 16:32.Penalties: UM: 5 for 10 minutes; ND: 4 for 8 minutes.
Third Period: UM: Porter 7 (Hensick, Kolarik), PPG, 2:47; ND: Mike Walsh 1 (Josh Sciba, Erik Condra), 7:16; UM: Hensick 4 (Cogliano), 12:31; ND: Garrett Regan 2 (unassisted), 15:13; ND: Condra 1 (unassisted), 15:36; UM: Cogliano 5 (unassisted), 16:33; UM: Cogliano 6 (unassisted), ENG, 19:11.Penalties: UM: 2 for 4 minutes; ND: 1 for 2 minutes.
Shots on Goal:Michigan: 9 - 13 - 11 - 33Notre Dame: 13 - 7 - 12 - 31
Saves:Michigan: Noah Ruden (60:00) 11 - 6 - 9 - 26Notre Dame: David Brown (56:33) 7 - 11 - 5 - 23 Rory Walsh (2:10) x - x - 2 - 2
Power Plays:Michigan: 4 for 7Notre Dame: 1 for 10