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Irish Get Back On The Winning Track With 5-3 Win Over Lake Superior

Nov. 21, 2003

Box Score

Notre Dame, Ind. – Senior Rob Globke scored a pair of goals and freshmen Jason Paige and T. J. Jindra each scored their first collegiate goals and added assists for two-point games to lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a 5-3 win over Lake Superior State Friday night at the Joyce Center.

The Irish saw the Lakers battle back from a 3-1 deficit with a pair of goals just 31 seconds apart in the second period, but rallied in the third period with a pair of goals for the win. The victory improves Notre Dame to 6-3-1 overall and 5-3-1 in CCHA play. Lake Superior saw its three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) snapped and falls to 4-4-3 overall and 2-4-1 in league play.

“I was encouraged by the way we played in the third period after surrendering the two-goal lead,” said Irish coach Dave Poulin following the game.

“We were in great control when the lead was 3-1. Then we had two defensive lapses that they (the Lakers) turned into goals. We came out in the third period and got back to doing what we do well and were able to get the win.”

Notre Dame, playing its first real game since Nov. 8 at Michigan State, got started quickly as sophomore left wing Mike Walsh got the Irish on the board at 1:08 of the first period with his fifth goal of the year from in front of the net. The goal gives Walsh a three-game goal streak.

Lake Superior tied the game at 12:12 of the period when Bo Cheesman and Nathan Ward teamed on a two-on-one with Cheesman scoring on a wrister past David Brown from the left wing circle.

The Irish power play put Notre Dame ahead at 14:05 when Rob Globke one-timed a blast past Laker goaltender Matt Violin. Neil Komadoski and Tom Galvin played tic-tac-toe moving the puck until they found Globke and set up his big shot.

“It’s a set play that we use on the power play and it worked twice tonight,” said Globke.

“That’s the way we like to set things up on the power play and it’s been working well for us.”

Globke’s coach was also pleased with the team’s power play that has now scored in four straight games.

“I thought that our puck movement on the power play was very good tonight,” said Poulin.

“In tight games like these, you have to take advantage of your chances with the man-advantage and Rob (Globke) got off a great shot.”

Notre Dame’s freshman line of Josh Sciba, Jason Paige and T. J. Jindra gave the Irish a 3-1 lead at 7:38 as Paige closed out a pretty passing play by depositing the puck behind Violin for his first career goal.

With the Irish seemingly in control, the wheels came off momentarily with just under five minutes left in the second stanza. Defenseman Ryan Reid made it a 3-2 game when he picked off an errant pass at the Irish blue line and blasted a shot past Brown for his first of the season at 15:15.

Thirty-one seconds later, at 15:46, Lake Superior tied the game as Derek Smith took a feed from Dominic Osman and drilled a shot past Brown from the right wing circle to send the game into the second intermission tied at 3-3.

“We weren’t happy that it was a 3-3 game in the locker room between periods,” said Jindra.

“We just talked about getting back to our game and we stuck to it in the third period and were able to get the win.”

Jindra did his part, getting the winning goal, on his first collegiate goal just 2:51 into the period off a face off in the left wing circle.

“Jason (Paige) just slid the puck across to me off the face off. I took the shot and he (Violin) made the save. The rebound just laid there and I was able to get to it and slide it past the goaltender,” explained Jindra.

Globke then closed the scoring with a carbon copy of his first goal; ripping a shot from the left wing circle past Violin at 17:37 with assists to Komadoski and Galvin for the 5-3 final.

Notre Dame outshot the Lakers 23-19 in the game. Brown finished with 16 saves for the Irish and extended his unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1). His last loss came on Oct. 17 versus Bowling Green. Violin made 18 saves for the Lakers.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night. Game time at the Joyce Center is 7:05 p.m.


** The have now won seven straight games versus Lake Superior State going back to the 2001-02 season. The Irish have not lost to the Lakers at the Joyce Center since Nov. 28, 1997 and are 7-0-2 in that span.

** The Irish will be without the services of goaltender Morgan Cey for four-to-six weeks. Cey underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He had surgery on the same knee this past summer and reinjured it on Nov. 7 at Michigan State.

** The Irish are celebrating their annual Parent’s Weekend this weekend. The parents will be honored prior to the start of Saturday night’s game.


Lake Superior State (4-4-3/2-4-1) 1 2 0 – 3

Notre Dame (6-3-1/5-3-1) 2 1 2 – 5


First Period: ND: Mike Walsh 5 (Aaron Gill, Cory McLean), 1:08; LSSU: Bo Cheesman 4 (Nathan Ward, Barnabas Birkeland), 12:22; ND: Rob Globke 6 (Neil Komadoski, Tom Galvin), PPG, 14:05.

Penalties: LSSU: 2 for 4 minutes; ND: 2 for 4 minutes.

Second Period: ND: Jason Paige 1 (T. J. Jindra, Josh Sciba), 7:38; LSSU: Ryan Reid 1 (unassisted), 15:15; LSSU: Derek Smith 2 (Dominic Osman, Ryan Branham), 15:46.

Penalties: LSSU: 1 for 2 minutes; ND: 1 for 2 minutes.

Third Period: ND: Jindra 1 (Paige), 2:51; ND: Globke 7 (Komadoski, Galvin), 17:37.

Penalties: LSSU: 1 for 2 minutes; ND: 1 for 2 minutes.

Shots On Goal:

Lake Superior 9 – 6 – 4 – 19

Notre Dame 5 – 9 – 9 – 23

Goaltender Saves:

LSSU – Matt Violin (58:42) 3 – 8 – 7 – 18

Notre Dame – David Brown (60:00) 8 – 4 – 4 – 16

Power Plays: LSSU: 0 for 4; ND: 1 for 4

Attendance: 1,906