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Irish Finish 8th In CCHA Race; Open Playoffs At Nebraska-Omaha

March 5, 2002

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* Next Games: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-15-5/12-12-4) at Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (20-14-4/13-11-4)

* Date/Site/Times: Fri.-Sun., March 8-10, 2002 – Omaha Civic Auditorium (8,314) – 7:05 p.m. CST

* Broadcast Information: The games can be heard live on WDND South Bend’s ESPN Radio 1620 with Dave Mager calling the action.

OFF TO OMAHA: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish return to the CCHA playoffs this weekend, March 8-10, when they travel to Omaha, Nebraska to face the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks in an opening round best two-of-three series. The Irish finished the regular season in a rush, winning their last five games in a row, to finish in a tie for seventh in the CCHA standings with Ohio State. The Buckeyes took the seventh seed as they won the tiebreaker with Notre Dame as they won the season series versus the Irish. Nebraska-Omaha finished fifth in the league standings. The winner of the series will advance to Joe Louis Arena for the CCHA Championships. The play-in games will be on Fri., March 15, with the semifinal games on Mar. 16 and the championship game on Mar. 17. Notre Dame and Nebraska-Omaha have never met in the CCHA playoffs.

FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS: The first round of the playoffs begin on Friday, March 8th at campus sites. The six series winners advance to Joe Louis Arena.
(All start times are 7:05 p.m. local time except Michigan)
#12 Lake Superior at #1 Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
#11 Bowling Green at #2 Michigan State
#10 Miami at #3 Northern Michigan
#9 Ferris State at # 4 Alaska Fairbanks
#8 Notre Dame at #5 Nebraska-Omaha
#7 Ohio State at #6 Western Michigan

IRISH VERSUS MAVERICKS: The two teams have met eight times in the all-time series with Nebraska-Omaha having a 5-2-1 edge in the all-time series. The Mavericks are 2-1-1 versus Notre Dame in Omaha. The only time Notre Dame has ever won at the Omaha Civic Auditorium was on Dec. 20, 2000 when the Irish took a 7-3 decision. This season, the teams met twice at Notre Dame with the Mavericks taking 3-2 and 4-2 wins. The Irish outshot UNO, 90-46 on the weekend, but were able to beat goaltender Dan Ellis just four times.

IRISH ALL-TIME CCHA PLAYOFF HISTORY: Notre Dame has made eight trips to the CCHA playoffs in 12 seasons as a league member. Here’s a rundown of each season and the games played.

IRISH VERSUS PLAYOFF TEAMS: Notre Dame has faced six of the 11 remaining teams in the league in playoff action in 12 seasons. The Irish are 5-3 in home playoff games, 1-10 in road playoff games and 1-2 at Joe Louis Arena. The records against each team follow:

BOWLING GREEN RECAP: The Irish took a pair from Bowling Green to extend their season-high winning streak to five games. Notre Dame won 4-3 on Friday night and followed that with a 4-1 win on Saturday. In Friday’s win, the Irish got goals from unexpected sources and goaltender Morgan Cey (Fr., Wilkie, Sask.) made 28 saves in the 4-3 win. The Irish peppered Bowling Green goaltender Tyler Masters with a season-high 50 shots on goal in the win. Paul Harris (Jr., Ridgefield, Conn.), Jon Maruk (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.), Jake Wiegand (Jr., Northville, Mich.) and Kyle Dolder (So., Hutchinson, Minn.) scored for the Irish. For Harris it was his second of the season, Maruk his second, Wiegand his first and Dolder his third of the year. Two of Dolder’s three goals have been game-winners this season. Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play. Saturday night, the Irish scored twice in the first period and never looked back on the way to the 4-1 win. David Inman (Sr., Toronto, Ont.) scored at 6:45 for his team-leading 17th of the year. Rob Globke (So., West Bloomfield, Mich.) got his first of two in the game with a power play goal at 12:39 for the 2-0 first-period lead. Globke scored the lone goal of the second period to make it 3-0. Bowling Green’s D’Arcy McConvey scored his third goal of the weekend at 1:29 of the third period to cut the lead to 3-1. Connor Dunlop (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) added the final goal into an empty net for the 4-1 final score. The Irish outshot Bowling Green 35-30 in the game. Cey made 29 saves in the game while the Falcons Jordan Sigalet made 31 stops. Notre Dame was 1-for-6 on the power play while Bowling Green was 0-for-4.

HEAD COACH DAVE POULIN: Irish head coach Dave Poulin is now in his seventh season behind the Notre Dame bench. He owns a 95-136-34 (.423) overall record and is 69-102-30 (.418) in CCHA contests. Against Nebraska-Omaha, Poulin-coached teams are 2-5-1. In the postseason, Poulin has a 4-6 record in playoff action

OUT OF THE LINEUP: Freshman left wing Alex Lalonde (Newmarket, Ont.) has been ruled academically ineligible for the spring semester.

CENTER OF ATTENTION: With two assists versus Bowling Green, center Connor Dunlop has 33 assists on the year. That’s the most assists by an Irish player since Notre Dame returned to the CCHA in 1992-93. On the season, Dunlop has nine goals and 33 assists for 42 points which is one behind Jamie Ling’s 43 points in 1994-95 as the most points in a season by a Notre Dame player since returning to the CCHA. Dunlop, an all-CCHA and all-America candidate, leads Notre Dame in scoring with 42 points and is tied for fourth in the CCHA in overall scoring. His 33 assists tie him for the league-lead in that department. In CCHA games only, Dunlop is second in scoring with nine goals and 27 assists for 36 points. His 27 assists rank second. Dunlop turned in a seven-point (two goals, five assists) weekend series with Alaska Fairbanks (Feb. 1-2) including his second four-point game of the season. For the season, Dunlop has recorded two four-point games, three with three-points and 13 multiple-point games in all. He has career-highs in goals (9), assists (33) and points (42).

DOUBLING UP: Connor Dunlop came into the 2001-02 season with 10 goals and 25 assists for 35 points in the first 65 games of his Irish hockey career. Dunlop has more than doubled his points total this season with nine goals and 33 assists for 42 points. His career totals stand at 19 goals and 58 assists for 77 points in 99 career games.

HAVING A SEASON ON AND OFF THE ICE: Senior forward David Inman, has been named to the CCHA all-Academic team for the 2001-02 season. Inman has a 3.54 grade point average in finance. This marks the seventh consecutive season that the Irish have had at least one player on the all-Academic team. On the ice, Inman, an all-CCHA candidate, scored his career-high 17th goal of the season in Notre Dame’s 4-1 win over Bowling Green. On Feb. 2, Inman picked up his second four-point game of the season in the 7-5 loss to Alaska Fairbanks. Inman chipped in a goal and three assists in the game. His first four-point game came on Nov. 2 at Northern Michigan when he had two goals and two assists in that game. His 17 goals this season are a career-best as are his 18 assists, 35 points and seven power play goals. For the year, Inman now has eight multiple-point games. He collected his second two-goal game of the season and the sixth of his career on Jan. 4 versus Michigan. He has had one three-point game (1g, 2a) in the 4-1 win over Northern Michigan (Jan. 11) and a four-point night (2g-2a) at Northern Michigan (Nov. 2). His 21 career power play goals rank him 11th on the school’s all-time power play goal list.

CEY IS HE HOT: Notre Dame goaltender Morgan Cey continued his strong play over the last six games as he stopped 57 of 61 Bowling Green shots (.934) in the sweep of the Falcons. In his last six games, Cey has given up eight goals in 359:02 for a 1.34 goals against average. Cey has stopped 169 of 177 shots (.955) in those six games. For the season, Cey is 13-12-3 with a 2.90 goals against and a .905 save percentage. He has started 20 consecutive games for the Irish going back to Dec. 7 at Bowling Green. Despite the numbers during an outstanding rookie season, Cey was only an honorable mention CCHA all-rookie team selection.

IRISH STREAKS: Defenseman Tom Galvin has a four-game point streak (0-4-4) … forward Cory McLean has points in three of his last four games (1-3-4) … defenseman Brett Lebda has points in four of his last five games (3-1-3) … Connor Dunlop has scored in three of his last four games (1-5-6) … Brad Wanchulak has scored in three of his last four games (1-3-4) and forward John Wroblewski has points in four of his last five contests (2-3-5).

WINNING STREAKS: Notre Dame’s current five-game winning streak is the longest by the Irish since Jan. 3-16, 1999. The last time Notre Dame won six games in a row was Oct. 2-23, 1998 when the Irish started the year 6-0. The five-game CCHA winning streak equals the longest league win streak by the Irish in their 12 seasons as a member of the CCHA. The Irish have done it twice – Oct. 9-23, 1998 and Jan. 30-Feb. 13, 1982.

SHARE THE WEALTH: Notre Dame has had 11 different players score game-winning goals this season. Brett Lebda, Rob Globke and Kyle Dolder lead the team with two each, while eight others have one winning goal each.

TEAM WORK: The Irish got multiple-point games in the 4-3 win over Bowling Green (Mar. 1) from three players whose nights were the best for them in a Notre Dame uniform. Sophomore Kyle Dolder had his first two-point game with a goal and an assist on the night. Freshman Cory McLean (Fargo, N.D.) had his first two-point night with a pair of assists as did freshman left wing Brad Wanchulak (Edson, Alb.) who assisted on Notre Dame’s second and third goals of the night.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Defenseman Tom Galvin (So., Miller Place, N.Y.) was named the CCHA’s Defensive Player of the Week for his work in Notre Dame’s weekend sweep of Bowling Green. Galvin was +2 on the weekend, had a pair of assists, including one on Rob Globke’s game-winning goal on Saturday, and helped the Irish kill six penalties on the weekend.

IRISH HONORS: Three Notre Dame players have been honored by the CCHA this season:

GALVIN-IZED: Defenseman Tom Galvin has proven to be an offensive force on the Notre Dame blueline this season. The sophomore defenseman leads the Irish defensive corps with 21 points on three goals and 18 assists this season to rank sixth in team scoring. Galvin is seventh among CCHA defensemen in scoring. He picked up a pair of assists in the 6-5 loss to Alaska Fairbanks (2/2) and has four multiple-point games this season. As a freshman, Galvin recorded four assists in 26 games played.

LONG TIME COMING: The Notre Dame sweep at Lake Superior (Feb. 22-23) marked the first Irish CCHA weekend sweep versus the same team since Feb. 12-13, 1982 when Notre Dame won two at Ferris State. That streak in CCHA play covers 42 series and 12 seasons in the league. The sweep was Notre Dame’s second road sweep this season as the Irish won twice at Princeton (Dec. 28-29).

LETHAL LEBDA: After going 15 games without a goal (Nov. 16-Feb. 9), defenseman Brett Lebda has found the scoring touch by scoring a goal in three of the last five games, including game-winners at Michigan State and Lake Superior. A CCHA all-rookie selection as a freshman, Lebda now has six goals and eight assists for 14 points. His three-game goal streak was the longest of his career.

WROBO-MATIC: Junior right wing John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.) continues putting together a career-year for the Irish. Robo assisted on two goals in Notre Dame’s 4-1 win over Bowling Green on March 2 to give him eight assists on the year. For the season, Wroblewski has career-highs in goals (10), assists (8) and points (18). Wroblewski is also one of the top defensive forwards in the CCHA and has won 54.9% of his face offs.

ROAD WARRIORS: Notre Dame finished the regular season with an 8-7-3 record. The last time the Irish had a winning record on the road was 1997-98 when they were 12-11-0. Notre Dame is 6-8-2 at home this season.

YOUNG GUN: Freshman forward Yan Stastny picked up the first multiple-goal game of his career when he scored the first two goals of the game in the 6-0 win over Lake Superior State (Feb. 2). The first goal of the game was also Stastny’s first career game-winner. He leads the Notre Dame freshmen with six goals and 11 assists for 17 points this season.

STREAK BUSTERS: Besides stopping Michigan State’s 33-game home unbeaten streak at Munn Arena (Feb. 9), the Irish also stopped several other streaks between the two schools. The Feb. 9, 3-2 win at Munn, snapped a six-game losing streak at East Lansing for the Irish. Their last win there came on Nov. 1, 1997. The Feb. 9 win was just the second for Notre Dame at Michigan State (2-14-0) since the Irish returned to the CCHA in 1992-93 and was only ND’s third in that same span (3-22-5). The win snapped a five-game winning streak and a seven-game Spartan unbeaten streak (6-0-1) versus the Irish. Notre Dame’s last win versus Michigan State came on Dec. 4, 1999 – a 1-0 Tony Zasowski shutout at the Joyce Center. The Spartans lead the all-time series 49-29-6.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK, PART II: Notre Dame’s freshman goaltender Morgan Cey (Wilkie, Sask.) was selected as the CCHA’s Rookie of the Week for the week ending Feb. 10. The 6-3, 174-pound netminder stopped 75 of 78 shots in helping the Irish to a split at #3/#4 Michigan State. In Friday’s 2-0 loss to the Spartans, Cey made a career-high 41 saves while giving up just a second-period power play goal. Michigan State added an empty net goal with 12 seconds left for the 2-0 final. In Saturday’s 3-2 win, Cey made 34 saves, 19 in the second period to help snap Michigan State’s 33-game (30-0-3) home unbeaten streak. On the weekend, Cey was 1-1 with a 1.51 goals against average and a .962 save percentage. The rookie goaltender was also named the CCHA Rookie of the Week for the week ending Dec. 31.

RACKING UP THE POINTS: Notre Dame defenseman Neil Komadoski is known for his hard-hitting, bone-crunching checks, but as of late he is becoming an offensive force on the Irish blueline. Komadoski has picked up points in six of his last 10 games (2-4-6). For the season, Komadoski has career-highs in assists (9) and points (11) while equalling his goal total of two as a freshman.

FRESHMAN FIRSTS: Freshman center Cory McLean scored the first goal of his Notre Dame career in the Irish 3-1 win over Lake Superior State … left wing Yan Stastny had the first two-goal game of his career in Notre Dame’s 6-0 win at Lake Superior on Feb. 23.

NIFTY NIELSEN: Defenseman Evan Nielsen (Jr., Evanston, Ill.) equalled his career-high with three points (a goal and two assists) in the 7-5 loss to Alaska Fairbanks (Feb. 2). The 6-3, 212-pound blueliner also had a three-point game versus Nebraska-Omaha on Feb. 12, 2000. The junior captain added an assist in the second game of the series with Alaska Fairbanks to give him a four-point weekend. For the season, Nielsen has career-highs in goals (5), assists (12) and points (17).

RIGHT ON THE CHIN: Junior left wing Michael Chin (Jr., Urbana, Ill.) has career-highs in goals (13), assists (8), points (21) and power play goals (3) this season. His 13 goals rank him second on the team in that category. Chin’s two-goal game at Miami (Jan. 25) was the second of Chin’s career as he had one his freshman year versus Nebraska-Omaha (2/12/00). Versus Miami (Jan. 25), he equalled his career-high with nine shots on goal.

DON’T LOOK NOW: Sophomore forward Rob Globke collected his third two-goal game of the season in Notre Dame’s 4-1 win over Bowling Green on March 2. He has now scored points in eight of Notre Dame’s last 11 games (5-4-9). Globke’s other two goal games have come versus Union College and Lake Superior State. On the season, the West Bloomfield, Mich. native has 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points. He now has five multiple-point games this season including a three-point game (2g, 1a) versus Union in the second game of the season.

OVERTIME GAME-WINNERS: Aaron Gill’s overtime game-winner versus Miami (Jan. 25) was the first by an Irish player in a CCHA game since Feb. 5, 2000 when Dan Carslon got the winning goal in overtime at Ohio State. The last time Notre Dame won a game in overtime was Oct. 17, 2000 when Connor Dunlop got the game-deciding goal in overtime at home versus Wayne State. Over the last three seasons, Notre Dame is 4-1-20 in overtime. The lone loss came during January of 2000 when the Irish lost at home to Ferris State.

PENALTY KILLING STRUGGLES: After giving up at least one power play goal in seven straight games (Jan. 18 through Feb. 8), the Irish have now shut down opponent power plays in each of the last five games (13-for-13). Over the last 13 games, the Irish have given up 12 power play goals in 49 chances for a 75.5% success rate. During December, Irish penalty killers killed 35 of 38 opponent power play chances for a 92.1% success rate. For the season, the Irish have killed 143 of 172 for an 83.1% rate which is seventh in the CCHA and 20th in the nation.

A CCHA OFFENSIVE: After 28 CCHA regular season league games, the Fighting Irish finished second in goals scored with 95 (3.39 per game). Only Michigan scored more in league play (97, 3.46 average). Individually, Connor Dunlop was second in the league in scoring with nine goals and 27 assists for 36 points. David Inman is fifth with 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points. In 34 games overall, the Irish are seventh among CCHA teams with 110 (3.24 per game).

PUCK SLOWDOWN: The 16 shots on goal by Lake Superior State on Feb. 23 were the fewest shots given up by the Irish this season. The previous low was 19 by Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 18, 2002.

ONE FOR ZASOWSKI: Goaltender Tony Zasowski picked up his first win of the season in Notre Dame’s 5-2 win over Lake Superior State (Dec. 2). The junior goaltender made 17 saves. The start versus the Lakers was his third of the season. He recorded ties at Northeastern (Oct. 27) and versus Ferris State (Nov. 10). Zaswoski took the loss in relief of Morgan Cey on Feb. 1 versus Alaska Fairbanks when he played the final 27 muinutes giving up one goal on 11 shots. For the year, Zasowski is 1-1-2 with a 2.49 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.

KIMENTO IN ACTION: Senior goaltender Jeremiah Kimento (Palos Hills, Ill.) has seen action in two games this season. Kimento played 40 minutes at Miami (1/26) and gave up four goals on 19 shots to take the loss. On Feb. 2 versus Alaska Fairbanks, Kimento played 38:55, giving up two goals on 20 shots and was credited with the loss since he surrendered the eventual game-winning goal. For the year, Kimento is 0-2-0 with a 4.56 goals against average and a .846 save percentage.

SCORING EARLY: Senior David Inman and juniors Connor Dunlop and John Wroblewski have combined to score 11 of Notre Dame’s first goals of the game this season. Inman leads the team with five while Dunlop and Wroblewski have three each.

SCORING FIRST: The Irish have scored the first goal of the game in 21 of their 34 games and are 14-5-2 in those games. A year ago, the Irish scored the first goal in just 14 of their 39 games and were 7-3-4 in those games.

TURNING ON THE POWER: The Irish power play was 1-for-8 in the two games versus Bowling Green to close the regular season. Since Feb. 1, the Irish are 5-for-27 on the power play for an 18.5% success rate. For the season, the Irish are 24 for 163 (14.7%). David Inman leads the team with seven power play goals while Aaron Gill, Michael Chin and Rob Globke have three each. John Wroblewski, Connor Dunlop and Brett Lebda each have two goals with the man-advantage while Yan Stastny and Alex Lalonde each have one.

CENTRAL SCOUTING RATINGS: The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Service has released it’s midseason rankings of North American players eligible for the 2002 Entry Draft which will be held in Toronto, June 22-23. Included in the list of 240 players are 13 players from the CCHA including three Notre Dame players. Forward Rob Globke is ranked eighth overall while center Yan Stastny is ranked 94th and forward Alex Lalonde is 240th.

SHOT STUFF: The Irish won their third game of the season while being outshot in the 3-2 win at Michigan State. Notre Dame was outshot 36-24 in the game. The Irish are 3-8-4 when outshot and 11-7-1 when outshooting the opposition.

CEY CAN YOU SEE: Freshman goaltender Morgan Cey recorded his first Notre Dame shutout by making 20 saves in Notre Dame’s 7-0 win over Lake Superior (12/1). The shutout was the first by an Irish goaltender since Dec. 4, 1999 when Tony Zasowski blanked Michigan State, 1-0. The shutout was the 27th in Notre Dame history and the 10th by an Irish goaltender in CCHA play. The 7-0 win was the largest margin of victory by an Irish goaltender against a CCHA team.

MARGIN OF VICTORY: The seven goals scored by Notre Dame in the 7-0 shutout of Lake Superior State is the largest margin of victory the Irish have ever had in a CCHA contest. The seven-goal win was the biggest by Notre Dame since a 10-2 win over St. Francis Xavier on Oct. 14, 1994.

PENALTY SHOTS: After not being involved with a penalty shot either for or against for over two seasons, Notre Dame has had two called this season. On Dec. 8 at Bowling Green, Irish goaltender Morgan Cey stopped BG’s Greg Day at 9:52 of the second period. That was the first penalty shot called against the Irish since Mar. 13, 1999 when Matt Eisler stopped Michigan’s Bill Muckalt in a 4-2 Notre Dame win in the CCHA playoffs. Earlier this season (Oct. 12), sophomore Rob Globke scored on a penalty shot versus Union College’s Brandon Snee at 3:41 of the third period in the 7-4 loss to Union College. That was the first penalty shot by an an Irish player since Feb. 5, 1998 when Brian Urick was stopped by Ohio State’s Jeff Maund.

SAM’S THE MAN: Senior left wing Sam Cornelius, playing in just his third game of the season, scored the winning goal in the 4-2 win over Princeton (Dec. 29). Cornelius followed the goal versus Princeton by helping set up Michael Chin’s goal in the 2-1 loss to Michigan. A converted defenseman, Cornelius has now scored three goals in his career with two of them being game-winners. His first game-winner came during his freshman year (1998-99) versus Ferris State.

USA…USA…USA: Notre Dame’s Rob Globke and Brett Lebda represented the United States as members of the U.S. Junior National team that finished 4-1-2 (fifth place) at the World Championships in early January. In his second appearance with the team, Globke had two goals and one assist for three points in seven games while Lebda had a goal in the tournament. The Irish have had at least one player on the National Junior team in each of the last six years and along with Boston College have had 11 players make this national team.

END OF THE LINE: Notre Dame goaltender Morgan Cey recorded a career-best shutout streak of 111:24 between Nov. 17 and Dec. 7. Cey stopped Western Michigan for the final 13:40 of the third period on Nov. 17 and then followed that with a Dec. 1 shutout of Lake Superior State. The streak was snapped when Bowling Green scored at 17:44 of the second period in the 6-3 win over Bowling Green on Dec. 7.

CAREER BESTS: Michael Chin, Yan Stastny and Tom Galvin all had career-best games in the 6-3 win over Bowling Green (Dec. 7). Chin (a goal and two assists) and Stastny (three assists) each had career-high three-point games. Galvin had the first two-goal game of his career.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Defenseman Evan Nielsen (Jr., Evanston, Ill.) was selected the CCHA’s Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 2. Nielsen anchored Notre Dame’s in the 7-0 shutout and a 5-2 win over Lake Superior State. He was also part of a penalty-killing unit that killed 14 consecutive Laker power play chances. The Irish captain also joined the offensive attack scoring a goal and adding an assist in the 7-0 win. For the weekend, Nielsen was a +5. He is the first Notre Dame player to take defensive player of the week honors since Feb. 20, 2000 when Tony Zasowski was selected for the honor.

WCHA TOP 50: Irish hockey great Bill Nyrop has been selected to the WCHA’s Top 50 all-time players list that will be announced throughout the 2001-02 season, the 50th anniversary of the league. Nyrop was included in the first list of 10 players announced on Nov. 29. The Irish were members of the WCHA from 1971 through 1981. Nyrop played at Notre Dame from 1970-74 and was Notre Dame’s first All-American – selected first team All-America and second team all-WCHA following the 1972-73 season. During his Notre Dame career, he played in 132 games with 17 goals and 72 assists for 89 points. Selected in the fourth round of the 1972 NHL Entry Draft, he played on three Stanley Cup championship teams (1976, 1977 and 1978) with the Montreal Canadiens. He died at the age of 43 in December of 1995.

FIVE IN A ROW: Goaltender Morgan Cey started the first five games of his Notre Dame career to join Greg Louder (1990-94) as the only two goaltenders to play the first five games of their careers. Cey and Louder are the last two rookies to start a season opener in goal at Notre Dame. Cey made 28 saves in a 2-1 loss to Union College on Oct. 11. Louder made 36 saves in a 7-2 loss at Minnesota on Oct. 23, 1990. Cey’s streak was stopped after five games when junior Tony Zasowski made his first start of the season versus Northeastern. Louder went on to start all 33 games that season, missing just 30 minutes of play, while turning in a 16-15-2 record. For the year, Cey has started 15 of Notre Dame’s 18 games on the season.

FOUR-POINT WEEKEND: Sophomore defenseman Tom Galvin (So., Miller Place, N.Y.) scored as many points in two games versus Ferris State (Nov. 9-10) as he did in 26 games last year. Galvin turned in the first two multiple-point games of his career with a pair of assists in each contest. Last season, the 5-9, 187-pound blueliner had four assists for the year. Galvin leads Notre Dame defensemen with three goals and 11 assists for 14 points.

LEBDA FOR THE DEFENSE: Sophomore defenseman Brett Lebda turned in the first two-goal game of his career in the 5-4 win over Northern Michigan. For the offensive-minded blueliner, the two goals were his first of the season. In the win over Northern, Lebda also had a career-high 10 shots on goal, passing his previous best of eight set in his rookie year versus Niagara at the Maverick Stampede.

IRON MEN: Sophomore defenseman Brett Lebda (So., Buffalo Grove, Ill.) saw his streak of 55 consecutive games snapped when he did not play for the Irish at Princeton (12/28-29). His streak was broken while he played for the U.S. Junior National Team at the World Junior Championships. Lebda had the longest streak of consecutive games for the Irish since graduated right wing Ryan Dolder played in 103 consecutive games over a three-season period including every game in 1999-00 and 2000-01. Lebda has now played in 69 of 73 games in his career. Dolder’s teammate, Dan Carlson was the only other Irish player to played in every game over his last two seasons. Carlson finished his career playing in 101 consecutive games. For his career, Carlson played in 158 of a possible 160 games. The only two he missed came while playing at the World Junior Championships in 1998-99. Notre Dame’s consecutive game leaders (as of Feb. 12, 2001):