Oct. 17, 2014
Notre Dame, Indiana – Junior forwards Steven Fogarty and Thomas DiPauli each had four-point nights and sophomore goaltender Chad Katunar made 27 saves as the University of Notre Dame hockey team won its first game of the season, taking a 5-3 win over Lake Superior State at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
The Lakers got goals from Alex Globke, Bryce Schmitt and Stephen Perfetto in the loss.
Notre Dame outshot Lake Superior State 40-31 on the night. Laker freshman goaltender Gordon Defiel made 36 saves in the loss.
The win moves Notre Dame to 1-2-0 on the year while Lake Superior State dropped its fifth straight game in the young season.
“I thought we did a much better job tonight getting through the neutral zone creating speed,” said Irish head coach Jeff Jackson.
“Over time that’s what we hope it will turn into, being able to use our speed effectively. I thought at times we were doing that. There also were times late in the second period and the third that we reverted back to making the big turns and not coming back to the puck enough.”
Playing for the first time this season on a line together, the trio of DiPauli, Fogarty and freshman Anders Bjork combined for three goals and seven assists and a 10-point night.
“Coach changed things up a bit this week and I think it energized everyone,” said Fogarty, the team captain.
“Tommy (DiPauli) and Anders (Bjork) are good players and they make stuff happen. If you get to open ice, they are going to find you and they did that all night. It wasn’t just our line that was going. I thought everyone played well tonight.”
The trio staked the Irish to a 1-0 lead at 11:35 of the first period when Bjork carried the puck down the right side and behind the Lake Superior goal before feeding it to Fogarty in the right circle. The captain slid a pass across the slot to DiPauli who redirected the puck past Defeil for his first goal of the season.
The Notre Dame lead would go to 2-0 at 18:37 of the first when Lucia jumped on the rebound of a Russo shot to the right of the Lakers’ goal and flipped it inside the right post for his second goal of the season. Sophomore defenseman Justin Wade picked up his first career point with an assist on the play.
The Lakers were able to cut the lead in half at 2-1 when Globke picked up his first of the season just before the buzzer sounded at the end of the first period, scoring at 19:59. Linemate Ian Miller`s shot from the right side handcuffed Katunar who couldn’t control the rebound and Globke batted it past the Irish netminder just before the end of the period.
Notre Dame made it a two-goal game again just 3:47 into the second period off hard work by DiPauli and a sweet pass from Bjork that set up Fogarty all alone in front to score his first of the season for a 3-1 lead.
DiPauli carried the puck into the left corner and moved it toward the point. He lost control and then won a battle on the boards to move it back to Bjork as he moved down the wall. The freshman left wing threaded the needle with a nice pass to Fogarty in front and he made a quick move before sliding the puck between Defiel’s pads for his first goal of the season.
“Coach has been really stressing for me to go to the net,” said Steven Fogarty.
“On the goal, I did and Anders found me. I didn’t know if there was anyone behind me, but I just tried to get it off as quick as I could and it found the back of the net.”
Again, the Lakers came back and cut the deficit to one with a goal at 13:39 to make it 2-1.
With a face off in the left circle, Bryce Schmitt won a draw back to defenseman James Roll. Roll’s shot was blocked in front by a Notre Dame defender with the rebound going to Schmitt by the face-off dot. Schmitt turned and fired a shot that beat Katunar low to the ice inside the right post for Schmitt’s first goal of the campaign.
“The momentum goals are really hurting us. Maybe that’s a little bit of youth,” said Jackson.
“We have to find some success on the power play. That would take some pressure off of us. I thought we played with good discipline and only had to kill one penalty and that was a big kill at the end of the game. For the most part, I was pleased with the game. Some of our young defensemen have to learn how to make simple plays instead of trying to force things.”
The Irish nursed the lead into the second intermission before going up 4-2 at 8:09 as Fogarty and DiPauli set up Russo for a blast from the right circle that beat Defiel to give Notre Dame a third, two-goal lead. For Russo, it gave him his first goal of the season and a two-point game for the senior defenseman.
Just 1:11 later, the Lakers answered as Perfetto hammered a rocket past Katunar from the top of the left circle at 9:20 to make it a 4-3 contest.
With four minutes left in the game, Irish defenseman Andy Ryan was called for holding and Notre Dame was forced to kill its only penalty of the night and was successful.
The Lakers got Defiel off the ice with 44 seconds left in favor of a sixth attacker but the duo of DiPauli and Fogarty were not done. DiPauli stripped a LSSU defender of the puck and moved it into the slot where Fogarty threw it into an open net for the 5-3 final and his second goal of the game.
Notre Dame was zero for four on the power play while the Lakers were zero for one. The Irish are now zero for 15 with the man advantage over the first three games of the season.
Game two of the weekend series is set for 6:05 p.m. on Oct. 18, at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The game also will be televised by the NBC Sports Network.
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 3 - FLake Superior State (0-5-0) 1 1 1 - 3Notre Dame (1-2-0) 2 1 2 - 5
Penalties: LSSU: 2 for 4 minutes; ND: 0 for 0 minutes.
2nd Period: ND: Fogarty 1 (Bjork, DiPauli), 3:47; LSSU: Bryce Schmitt 1 (James Roll), 13:39.
Penalties: LSSU: 3 for 6 minutes; ND: 1 for 2 minutes.
3rd Period: ND: Russo 1 (Fogarty, DiPauli), 8:09; LSSU: Stephen Perfetto 1 (Luke Sandler, Mitchell Nardi), 9:20; ND: Fogarty 2 (DiPauli), ENG, 19:29.
Penalties: LSSU: 1 for 2 minutes; ND: 2 for 4 minutes.
Shots On Goal:Lake Superior State 12 - 8 - 10 - 30Notre Dame 15 - 15 - 11 - 41
Goaltender Saves:LSSU: Gordon Defiel (59:16) 13 - 14 - 9 - 36ND: Chad Katunar (59:26) 11 - 7 - 9 - 27
Power Plays:LSSU: 0 for 1ND: 0 for 4