Nov. 18, 2005
Oxford, Ohio – Notre The Notre Dame hockey team took to the road looking for their first CCHA win since December of 2004 and had to settle for a 2-2 tie versus the Miami RedHawks Friday night at a sold out Goggin Arena.
Junior goaltender David Brown made 29 saves and the Irish got two second-period power play goals from Mark Van Guilder and Josh Sciba to build a 2-0 lead after two periods. Miami rallied with third-period goals from Matt Christie (ppg) and Marty Guerin.
The tie gives the Irish a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) as their record goes to 3-5-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the CCHA. Miami is now 6-2-1 on the year and 5-1-1 in league play.
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie after one period with Notre Dame getting stellar goaltending from Brown who made 11 stops, including five while helping kill off three Miami power plays.
In the second period, the Irish got their chance on the power play and converted twice in a 1:11 span.
Van Guilder gave the Irish a 1-0 lead at 3:48 of the period when he took a pass from Wes O’Neill on the left wing boards and carried it out to the left face-off dot where he whipped a wrist shot over goaltender Charlie Effinger’s blocker for his second goal of the season.
The lead would go to 2-0 at 4:59 courtesy of Sciba’s seventh goal of the year and fourth on the power play. Tim Wallace carried the puck down the slot and slid the puck to Sciba for the one-timer in the right wing circle. The junior center drilled a shot inside the right post past Effinger to give the Irish the two-goal lead.
After starting the season 4-for-45 on the power play in the first six games of the season, the Irish are 7-for-22 (31.8%) in the last three contests.
After having their first five power-play chances killed by Notre Dame, the RedHawks finally broke through at 6:36 of the third period to cut the lead to 2-1. Andy Greene’s centering pass from the left wing circle hit left wing Matt Christie in the knee as he was cutting in from the right boards and deflected into the goal for his first of the season.
The RedHawks tied the game at 2-2 at 17:05 of the final period when defenseman Mitch Ganzak picked off an errant Irish clearing pass and fed Marty Guerin who ripped a shot past Brown from the right face-off circle for his fourth goal of the season.
In overtime, each team had one shot on goal. For the night, Miami out shot Notre Dame by a 31-23 margin with Brown making 29 saves and Effinger stopping 21 on the night.
The Irish and RedHawks meet again on Saturday night at Goggin Arena in Oxford, Ohio. Game time is at 7:35 p.m.
** Josh Sciba’s second-period power play goal game him seven goals on the year to equal his career best set during his freshman year when he had seven. The goal was also his fourth on the power play this season, a career high for the junior center. Sciba has now scored five goals in his last three games.
** Tim Wallace’s second-period assist on Sciba’s goal gives him a team-high five-game point streak this season and a career-best five-game streak. During the current point streak, Wallace has three goals and four assists for seven points.
** With two assists in the game, Wes O’Neill recorded his second multiple-point game of the year and the seventh of his career.
** In his last two starts, David Brown has given up just four goals in 125 minutes (1.92 goals-against average) and has stopped 65 of 69 shots for a .942 save percentage. He is 1-0-1 in those two starts.
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 3 OT - FNotre Dame (3-5-1/2-2-1) 0 2 0 0 - 2Miami (6-2-1/5-1-1) 0 0 2 0 - 2
ScoringFirst Period: No ScoringPenalties: ND: 3 for 6 minutes; MU: 0 for 0 minutes.
Second Period: ND: Mark Van Guilder 2 (Wes O'Neill, Josh Sciba), PPG, 3:48; ND: Sciba 7 (Tim Wallace, O'Neill), PPG, 4:59.Penalties: ND: 2 for 4 minutes; MU: 3 for 6 minutes.
Third Period: MU: Matt Christie 1 (Andy Greene, Marty Guerin), PPG, 6:36; ND: Guerin 4 (Mitch Ganzak), 17:05.Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; MU: 1 for 2 minutes.
Overtime: No Scoring.Penalties: ND: 0 for 0 minutes; MU: 0 for 0 minutes.
Shots On Goal:Notre Dame 7 - 8 - 7 - 1 - 23Miami 11 - 9 - 10 - 1 - 21
Goaltender Saves:ND - David Brown (65:00) 11 - 9 - 8 - 1 - 29MU - Charlie Effinger (65:00) 7 - 6 - 7 - 1 - 21
Power Plays:ND: 2 for 4MU: 1 for 6
Attendance: 2,850 (sellout)