Oct. 2, 2011
Notre Dame, Ind. – Senior captain Billy Maday scored a pair of goals while Anders Lee and Garrett Peterson added single tallies as Notre Dame shut out the University of Western Ontario, 4-0, Sunday night in exhibition action at the Joyce Center.
Western Ontario netminder Josh Unice stopped 32-of-36 Irish shots for the Mustangs. The win gives Notre Dame a 1-0 record in the preseason while Western fell to 0-3 overall and moves on to face Michigan State on Monday night.
The Irish return to action when they open the 2011-12 campaign on Friday, Oct. 7 at Minnesota-Duluth in a rematch of the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four semifinal last April. The Bulldogs won that game, 4-3, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
Notre Dame dominated Sunday’s contest from the start, out shooting Western Ontario, 12-2, in the opening period while being the recipient of five power play chances.
The Irish finally broke through on Unice in the second period on their sixth power-play chance of the evening. The duo of Lee and T.J. Tynan worked their magic like they did last season with Tynan finding Lee all alone in the slot where he ripped a one-timer past Unice for the 1-0 lead. Defenseman Sean Lorenz also assisted on the play.
The lead would go to 2-0 with just 25 seconds left in the second when Peterson beat Unice on a breakaway, making a couple of nice moves before sliding the puck through the five-hole for his first goal with the Irish. David Gerths started the play in his own end, winning a face off and pushing it ahead to Peterson who outraced the Mustang defense.
Johnson, who started the game, came out at the midway point of the middle period with Summerhays taking over. Johnson made seven saves in 29:18 of playing time.
In the third, Notre Dame extended the lead as Maday combined with Voran on a nice passing play for the second power-play goal of the night for the Irish at 14:13 of the third. Defenseman Shayne Taker moved the puck from the middle point to Maday on the left boards. Maday moved it to Voran along the goal line and he returned it to Maday who snapped a shot from in front of the goal past Unice to make it 3-0.
Maday showed off his baseball skills on the final goal of the night as he scored at the 18:46 mark for the final of 4-0. Defenseman Jared Beers fired a shot from the right point on goal that Maday redirected off Unice. The puck hit the Western goaltender and bounced in the air. Maday took a baseball swing at the puck and knocked it into the goal for his second of the night.
Notre Dame finished with 36 shots in the game to Western Ontario’s 21. The Irish were 2-for-8 on the power play, going 2-for-3 after a 0-for-5 first period. Western Ontario was 0-for-7 with the man advantage.
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 3 - FWestern Ontario 0 0 0 - 0Notre Dame 0 2 2 - 4
Scoring First Period: No Scoring.
Penalties: UWO: 5 for 10 minutes; ND: 1 for 2 minutes.
Penalties: UWO: 2 for 4 minutes; ND: 3 for 6 minutes.
Penalties: UWO: 5 for 18 minutes; ND: 7 for 22 minutes.
Shots On Goal:Western Ontario 2 - 7 - 12 - 21Notre Dame 12 - 12 - 12 -36
Goaltender Saves:UWO: Josh Unice (60:00) 12 - 10 - 10 - 32ND: Mike Johnson (29:18) 2 - 5 - x - 7 Steven Summerhays (30:13) x - 2 - 12 - 14
Power Plays:UWO: 0 for 7ND: 2 for 8