Nov. 30, 2002
Fairbanks, Alaska – For the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team, Thanksgiving weekend in Fairbanks, Alaska was a lost weekend.
The Irish owned leads of 2-1 and 4-2 on Saturday night, but surrendered four power-play goals in the game as the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks rallied for a 5-4 win at the Carlson Center. That, coupled with Friday’s 4-3 win gave the Nanooks a weekend sweep of the Irish and moved them ahead of Notre Dame in the CCHA standings.
The four power-play goals were the most given up by the Irish in a game since Feb. 15, 1997 when Michigan had four in a 6-1 win over the Irish.
Sophomore right wing Jason Grinevitch paced the UAF attack with three goals and an assist on the night to offset Irish right wing Rob Globke’s two-goal and one assist night.
The loss drops the Irish below the .500 mark for the first time this season as they fall to 5-6-2 overall and 4-6-0 in CCHA play. The sweep gave Alaska Fairbanks its first two home wins of the season and improved the Nanooks to 5-7-2 on the year and 4-6-2 in the CCHA.
Saturday’s game started much like Friday’s did as end-to-end action dominated play until the 18:32 mark when UAF’s power play that came into the game just 5-for-63 (7.9%) on the season scored the first of four man-advantage goals on the night.
Grinevitch got his first of the night as he jumped on the rebound of Doug Auchenberg’s shot and fired it past Irish goaltender Tony Zasowski.
The Irish struck twice before the end of the period scoring twice in a 24-second span in the final minute of the period. Yan Stastny tied the game at 19:29 with his fifth goal of the season.
Globke moved the puck around the boards to the right wing side where freshman Matt Amado picked it up and fed Stastny in the slot. The sophomore wasted little time as he fired a shot over Lance Mayes’ glove for a 1-1 tie.
Aaron Gill put the Irish ahead at 19:54 when he ripped a shot from the left wing circle that beat Mayes between his stick and the left post. The goal was Gill’s sixth of the season.
The second period featured five goals with the Nanooks scoring three power-play tallies. Auchenberg got his first collegiate goal at 11:25 when he found the back of the net from in front after a nice feed from the corner by Grinevitch.
Globke built the Notre Dame lead to 4-2 with his 11th and 12th goals of the year less than three minutes apart. His first came eight seconds after UAF had tied the game at 11:33.
Connor Dunlop (two assists on the night) won a draw back to Evan Nielsen who’s shot was stopped by Mayes with the rebound popping loose in front. Globke crashed the net to bang the loose puck past Mayes and the Irish led 3-2.
Dunlop set up Globke’s second goal with a neat centering pass that found Notre Dame’s leading scorer alone in the high slot. Globke manuevered through the Nanook defense to deposit the puck behind Mayes for his second of the game and third on the weekend.
From that point, the Irish would not beat Mayes again.
Grinevitch scored power-play goals at 18:46 and 19:41 to tie the game at 4-4 as Felipe Larranaga and Ryan Campbell assisted on both goals.
The final goal of the night would come at even-strength for the Nanooks with Campbell scoring the winner at 8:09 of the final period versus Morgan Cey.
Jared Sylvestre head-manned the puck between two Irish defenders and Campbell beat them to the puck and went in to beat Cey in close for his fifth goal of the night.
The Irish had two power-play chances in the third period but finished the night 0-for-4 with the man-advantage. Alaska Fairbanks finished the night 4-for-6 on the power play.
For the night, Notre Dame outshot Alaska Fairbanks 35-30. Zasowski played the first 40 minutes and made 21 saves. Cey, who took the loss in the game, made four saves in the final 20 minutes. Mayes finished the night with 31 saves in the game.
The Irish will look to get back on the winning track when they return home next weekend for a pair of games versus Bowling Green. The Irish and Falcons will square off on Sat., Dec. 7 at the Joyce Center in a 7:05 p.m. start. Sunday’s game (Dec. 8) begins at 5:05 p.m.
** With his two goals on Saturday versus the Nanooks, Rob Globke has already surpassed his season total of 11 from the 2001-02 season. Globke now has 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points. A year ago, he had 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points.
** After going unbeaten in 10 straight games (8-0-2) versus Alaska Fairbanks, the Irish have now lost four straight to the Nanooks.
** Center Connor Dunlop had a pair of two-assist games on the weekend giving him four games this season with two or more points. Dunlop now has 92 career points (19g, 73a) to put him eight points away from becoming the 38th player in Notre Dame history to reach the 100-point mark in his Irish hockey career.
GAME SUMARY: 1 2 3 F
Notre Dame (5-6-2/4-6-0) 2 2 0 4
Alaska Fairbanks (5-7-2/4-6-2) 1 3 1 5
First Period: UAF: Jason Grinevitch 2 (Doug Auchenberg, Felipe Larranaga), PPG, 18:32; ND: Yan Stastny 5 (Matt Amado, Rob Globke), 19:29; ND: Aaron Gill 6 (Stastny), 19:53.
Penalties: ND: 2 for 4 minutes; UAF: 1 for 2 minutes
Second Period: UAF: Auchenberg 1 (Cory Rask, Grinevitch), PPG, 10:37; ND: Globke 11 (Evan Nielsen, Connor Dunlop), 11:33; ND: Globke 12 (Dunlop), 14:28; UAF: Grinevitch 3 (Larranaga, Ryan Campbell), PPG, UAF: Grinevitch 4 (Larranaga, Campbell), PPG, 19:40.
Penalties: ND: 6 for 12 minutes; UAF: 3 for 6 minutes.
Third Period: ND: Campbell 5 (Jared Sylvestre), 8:09.
Penalties: ND: 0 for 0 minutes; UAF: 2 for 4 minutes.
Shots On Goal:
Notre Dame 11 – 10 – 14 – 35
Alaska Fairbanks 12 – 13 – 5 – 30
ND – Tony Zasowski (40:00) 11 – 10 – x – 21
Morgan Cey (19:26) x – x – 4 – 4
UAF – Lance Mayes (60:00) 9 – 8 – 14 – 31
ND: 0 for 4
UAF: 4 for 6