Jan. 29, 2011
Notre Dame, Ind. – Two of college hockey’s top offensive attacks met Friday night at the Joyce Center and put on an offensive show in front of a sellout crowd of 2,957 as Notre Dame and Miami battled to a 5-5 tie. The visiting RedHawks picked up the extra point in the CCHA standings as they won the shootout, 3-2, in four rounds.
Irish freshmen standouts T.J. Tynan and Anders Lee sparked the late, third-period rally as Notre Dame wiped out a 5-3 Miami lead in the final 7:13 with goals from Riley Sheahan on the power play and Tynan’s second of the night. Tynan, the top-scoring freshman in the nation, finished with two goals and an assist while Lee chipped in three assists in the game. Jeff Costello and Billy Maday joined Sheahan and Tynan in the goal-scoring column for the Irish.
Miami was led by senior center Andy Miele, the nation’s leading scorer, who had a goal and three assists for a four-point night. Reilly Smith added two goals with Pat Cannone and Justin Vaive scoring single goals. The RedHawks were three-for-four on the power play in the contest.
In the shootout, Notre Dame got goals from Ben Ryan and Tynan while Miami matched those two with markers by Smith and Miele. Cannone ended the extra session in the fourth round with the shootout game winner against Irish goaltender Mike Johnson.
The tie gives the ninth-ranked Irish a 16-9-4 overall record and a 13-6-2-1 mark in the CCHA, good for 42 points in conference play. Notre Dame is now just one point behind Michigan in the league standings but the Wolverines have two games in hand. Miami, ranked #13/#11, goes to 14-9-4 on the year and 11-7-3-2 in the CCHA, good for 38 points and is now just four points behind the Irish in the league.
Notre Dame got the wild shootout started at 7:04 of the first period when Costello scored his seventh of the season on the power play. Defenseman Joe Lavin fed the puck to center Ben Ryan inside the Miami zone and Ryan outwaited the defense before putting the puck on Costello’s stick at the left hashmark. The freshman left wing whipped a one-timer past Miami goaltender Connor Knapp for the lone goal in the opening stanza.
Miami wasted little time after the first intermission in tying the game as the RedHawks scored just 14 seconds into the period with Smith getting his first of two in the game. Miele set up the sophomore left wing in the slot and he fired a shot that just got by Johnson inside the left post to make it 1-1.
Miami took its first lead of the night at 3:47 with Cannone scoring on the power play for his 11th of the season. Carter Camper carried the puck towards the goal and led Cannone as he drove down the slot. The senior center was able to get his stick on the puck and redirect it between Johnson’s pads for 2-1 lead.
Tynan got his game in gear one minute later as he converted a RedHawk turnover into his team-best 17th goal of the season at 4:57. Defenseman Stephen Johns carried the puck deep into the Miami zone and lost it behind the RedHawk goal. He followed the puck into the left corner where he deflected a pass attempt onto the stick of Lee behind the goal line. The big left wing found Tynan cutting to the goal and he lifted the puck over Knapp to tie the game at two goals each.
The Irish would retake the lead at 14:30 with Maday scoring off a scramble in front of the goal. Ryan Guentzel kept a puck in at the Miami blue line and skated down the right side. He fed a pass across the slot to Sheahan who got a shot off towards the goal. The puck laid at the top of the crease and Maday was able to poke it past Knapp for his fifth of the season and a 3-2 Irish lead.
The RedHawks would tie the game one more time at 15:43 when Smith converted a pass from Miele and snapped a shot from the left circle past Johnson for his 18th goal of the year.
The first half of the third period belonged to Miami as the RedHawks capitalized on a pair of power-play chances.
Vaive notched his sixth goal of the year at 4:56 of the third when he beat Johnson to the short side, inside the right post off a set up by Bryan Paulazzo.
Miele would make it 5-3 at 10:31 with his 15th goal of the season and his fourth point on the night firing a pass from Camper (two assists) behind Johnson.
For the second time this season versus Miami, the Irish would rally from a two-goal deficit. On Dec. 3 at Oxford, Ohio, the Irish trailed 2-0 and 3-1 before rallying for a 5-4 win. Tonight it was Sheahan who got the comeback started as he took a feed from Tynan at the bottom of the left circle on the power play and snapped a wrist shot under the cross bar for his second of the year at 12:47 to make it 5-4. Lee also assisted on the goal.
At 16:13, Tynan got the equalizer with Lee setting up his center. Defenseman Sam Calabrese led an Irish rush into the Miami zone and got through the RedHawks defense but lost the puck in the slot. Lee was there to grab it and get it to Tynan at the left post and he lifted it over Knapp to tie the game at 5-5. The goal was his 18th of the season.
From there, Knapp and Johnson barred the door as neither team could score in the remaining 3:47 or five minutes of overtime.
For the night, Notre Dame out shot Miami by a 32-28 margin. Johnson finished with 23 saves while Knapp had 27. The RedHawks were 3-for-4 on the power play while the Irish were 2-for-6.
Notre Dame is now 0-0-4 in overtime games this season and 1-1 in CCHA shootouts this season. The Irish also won a shootout versus Boston University in the Shillelagh Tournament to decide third place in the tournament.
The two teams will close out the series on Saturday, Jan. 29 in a 5:05 p.m. game that will be televised by FSN-Detroit.
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 3 OT - F#13/#11 Miami (14-9-4/11-7-3-2) 0 3 2 0 - 5#9/#9 Notre Dame (16-9-4/13-6-2-1) 1 2 2 0 - 5
Penalties: MU: 2 for 4 minutes; ND: 0 for 0 minutes.
Second Period: MU: Reilly Smith 17 (Andy Miele, Vincent LoVerde), 00:14; MU: Pat Cannone 11 (Carter Camper, Miele), PPG, 3:47; ND: T.J. Tynan 17 (Anders Lee, Stephen Johns), 4:57; ND: Billy Maday 5 (Riley Sheahan, Ryan Guentzel), 14:30; MU: Smith 18 (Miele, Joe Hartman), 15:43.
Penalties: MU: 3 for 6 minutes; ND: 3 for 6 minutes; OSU.
Third Period: MU: Justin Vaive 6 (Bryon Paulazzo, Alden Hirschfeld), PPG, 4:56; MU: Miele 15 (Camper, Cannone), PPG, 10:31; ND: Sheahan 2 (Tynan, Lee), PPG, 12:47; ND: Tynan 18 (Lee, Sam Calabrese), 16:13.
Penalties: MU: 2 for 4 minutes; ND: 2 for 4 minutes.
Overtime: No Scoring.
Penalties: MU: 0 fo 0 minutes; ND: 0 for 0 minutes.
Shootout: (Miami wins shootout, 3-2, in four rounds)ND: Ben Ryan - ScoreMU: Reilly Smith - ScoreND: Riley Sheahan - Save by Connor KnappMU: Carter Camper - Save by Mike JohnsonND: T.J. Tynan - ScoreMU: Andy Miele - ScoreND: Calle Ridderwall - Save by Connor KnappMU: Pat Cannone - Score
Shots On Goal:Miami 3 - 13 - 10 - 2 - 28Notre Dame 11 - 11 - 9 - 1 - 32
Goaltender Saves:MU: Connor Knapp (64:33) 10 - 9 - 7 - 1 - 27ND: Mike Johnson (65:00) 3 - 10 - 8 - 2 - 23
Power Plays:MU: 3 for 4ND: 2 for 6
Attendance: 2,957 (sellout)