Nov. 8, 2008
Providence, R.I. – The road has proven to be a good place for the Notre Dame hockey team over the last two weekends.
The Irish closed out their East Coast swing and a four-game road trip on Saturday night with a 4-1 victory over the Providence College Friars in front of 2,003 at Schneider Arena. The win gives Notre Dame four straight road wins as the Irish improve to 6-3-0 on the season.
Senior left wing Garrett Regan paced the Notre Dame offensive attack as he scored the first two goals of the game for the Irish, giving him three on the weekend trip. Calle Ridderwall and Ryan Thang added third period insurance goals in the victory. Matt Berglund snapped Jordan Pearce’s shutout bid with the lone Friar goal at 8:47 of the third period.
The Irish offense got off to a slow start as Providence came at them hard off the opening face off and dominated the period early. Notre Dame seemed to get its legs late in the period and capitalized with a goal at 17:12 for a 1-0 lead.
Regan put the Irish ahead to stay when he jumped on the rebound of a Justin White shot in the crease and redirected it past Providence goaltender Justin Gates at 17:12. White stole the puck deep in the right wing corner and was able to move it into the slot where he fired his shot. The goal was the second of the season and the weekend for the senior left wing.
The senior from Hastings, Minn., made it 2-0 with his second goal of the night at 7:36 of the middle period. Ryan Guentzel ripped a shot from the top of the right wing circle that Gates was able to stop. White knocked the puck out of the air in front and Regan jumped on the rebound, tucking it inside the left post to make it 2-0.
Providence would get back in the game near the midway point of the third period when Bergland whipped a shot past Pearce at 8:47 for his second of the season. John Cavanagh came up with a loose puck to the left of Pearce and slid it across to the bottom of the right circle where Bergland snapped it home.
The Irish offense responded just 1:13 later at the 10:00 minute mark when Ridderwall beat Gates from between the hash marks for his second goal of the season. Billy Maday and Kevin Deeth picked up assists on the goal.
Notre Dame closed out the scoring at 19:30 of the period with an empty net goal. With Gates on the bench in favor of a sixth attacker, Kyle Lawson broke up a play in front of the Irish net and fed it ahead to Erik Condra who directed it to Thang on the right wing boards. Thang fired the puck into the open net for his fourth goal of the season and the final score of 4-1.
On the night, Notre Dame out shot the Friars, 27-26. Pearce finished with 26 saves while Gates had 24.
Notre Dame now returns home to the Joyce Center where they will play five of their next six games at home. Next weekend, the Irish play host to Lake Superior on Nov. 14-15.
1 2 3 - F#12/#12 Notre Dame (6-3-0) 1 1 2 - 4Providence College (2-5-1) 0 0 1 - 1
Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; PC: 1 for 2 minutes.
Second Period: ND: Regan 2 (White, Ryan Guentzel), 7:36.
Penalties: ND: 4 for 8 minutes; PC: 4 for 8 minutes.
Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; PC: 0 for 0 minutes.
Shots On Goal:Notre Dame 11 - 9 - 8 - 28Providence College 10 - 7 - 10 - 27
Goaltender Saves:ND - Jordan Pearce (59:53) 10 - 7 - 9 - 26PC - Justin Gates (58:40) 10 - 8 - 6 - 24
Power Plays:ND: 0 for 3PC: 0 for 2