Nov. 22, 2008
Bowling Green, Ohio – The Notre Dame hockey team put on a special teams clinic on Saturday night at Bowling Green as the Irish scored six power-play goals on 12 chances and added a short-handed tally for good measure on the way to a 9-1 victory over the Falcons at the BGSU Ice Arena.
Sophomore Calle Ridderwall paced the Notre Dame attack, scoring twice and adding two assists for the first four-point game of his career with both his goals coming via the power play. Senior Christian Hanson also scored twice and added an assist for the second three-point night in a row for the big center iceman.
In all, 14 of the 18 Notre Dame skaters dressed for the game collected at least one point. Rounding out the goal scorers for the Irish were Billy Maday (ppg), Ben Ryan (ppg), Ryan Guentzel, Erik Condra (shg) and Justin White (ppg). The Falcons got their lone goal in the first period on a Nick Bailen power-play tally for the only dent in Notre Dame goaltender Jordan Pearce’s 22-save night.
After dropping a 5-1 decision on Friday night, the Falcons came out hitting on their home ice, looking to send a message to the Irish. The penalty box parade started just 18 seconds into the game when seven players were banished to the penalty box after a skirmish in front of the Bowling Green bench. On the night, the two teams combined for 33 penalties (14 by the Irish and 19 by the Falcons) and 74 minutes in penalties as Notre Dame had 28 to Bowling Green’s 46.
The win improved Notre Dame’s unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1) and the Irish have now won five straight road games. On the year Notre Dame is now 9-3-1 overall and 5-2-1-1 in the CCHA, good for 12 points and a share of second place in the conference. The Falcons fall to 5-7-2 on the year and 4-5-1-0 in the league.
Notre Dame has now won 10 straight versus Bowling Green dating back to the start of the 2006-07 season and is 13-0-1 in the last 14 games versus the Falcons since the start of the 2005-06 season. The nine-goal outburst was the first for the Irish since Nov. 10, 2005 when they hung a 9-4 loss on the Falcons.
The Irish would cash in on their first power-play chance at 9:01 of the first period when Maday took a cross-rink pass from Ridderwall and drilled a low, hard shot past BG’s Jimmy Spratt for his seventh goal of the season.
Bowling Green answered back with a power-play goal of its own less than four minutes later. Off a face off in the left wing circle, Jacob Cepis won a face off back to Kevin Schmidt at the left point. Schmidt moved the puck across to Bailen on the right point and the freshman fired a shot through traffic in front that snuck past Pearce for his first collegiate goal at 12:51 and the teams went into the first intermission tied 1-1.
The physical play continued in the second period with BG taking five penalties to Notre Dame’s one with the Irish connecting on a pair of their chances.
Ryan scored the eventual game winner at 8:24 when he took a pass off the left wing boards from Condra and carried the puck to the slot. Using Ryan Thang as a decoy, Ryan snapped one from between the hash marks past Spratt for his second goal of the season.
Ridderwall would get his first goal of the night via the power play at 13:24 of the second period when Blatchford found the sophomore all alone in front of Spratt. Ridderwall beat Spratt with a nice move, flipping the puck over the goaltender for his fourth goal of the year to give the Irish a 3-1 lead through two periods of play.
The floodgates opened in the third as the Falcons continued to set the Irish up with power-play chances and the visitors were more than happy to take advantage of them.
First, Notre Dame would score the game’s first even-strength goal to start the six-goal final period at 3:06. With the Irish in a line change, Guentzel carried the puck over the Bowling Green blue line and fired a wrister from the top of the left circle that beat Spratt high to his glove side for Guentzel’s second goal of the year. Thang and Blatchford picked up assists on the goal.
Ridderwall would make it 5-1 at 6:14 with his second power-play goal of the night and Condra got his second short-handed goal of the season at 12:11 when he chipped a puck down the ice, and beat the Bowling Green defense to it, lifting a shot over Spratt for his fourth goal of the year.
Hanson scored his first goal of the night (ppg) at 16:33 and White rounded out the power-play barrage at 19:01 when he batted a Dan Kissel centering pass out of the air past Spratt to make it 8-1.
The Irish would get the final goal of the night at 19:21 when Hanson was on the receiving end of a two-on-one pass from Christiaan Minella and snapped a shot past Spratt for the 9-1 final. The goal was Hanson’s team-best eighth of the season and fourth in the last two games.
The Irish out shot the Falcons, 32-23 in the game, with Spratt finishing with 23 saves on the night. Notre Dame penalty killers gave up one goal on seven chances.
Notre Dame closes out its streak of five-of-six games at home this Thanksgiving weekend when the Irish play host to the Western Michigan Broncos at the Joyce Center on Nov. 28-29. Friday’s game starts at 7:35 p.m. while Saturday’s face-off time is set for 7:05 p.m.
** IRISH NOTES **
* Over his last three games, Calle Ridderwall has nine points on three goals and six assists. Last season in 39 games he had five goals and two assists for seven points.
* Notre Dame’s eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1) is its longest since last Nov. 16-Dec. 8 when the Irish won nine consecutive games. The five-game road win streak equals a mark set between Jan. 20, 2006 and Feb. 17, 2006 when the Irish won five straight road games versus Western Michigan (1), Bowling Green (2) and Alaska (2).
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 3 - F#6/#5 Notre Dame (9-3-1/5-2-1-1) 1 2 6 - 9Bowling Green (5-7-2/4-5-1-0) 0 1 0 - 1
Penalties: ND: 7 for 14 minutes; BGSU: 9 for 26 minutes.
Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; BGSU: 5 for 10 minutes.
Third Period: ND: Ryan Guentzel 2 (Thang, Blatchford), 3:06; ND: Ridderwall 5 (Christian Hanson, Blatchford), PPG, 6:14; ND: Condra 4 (unassisted), SHG, 12:11; ND: Christian Hanson 7 (Ridderwall, Luke Lucyk), PPG, 16:13; ND: Justin White 2 (Dan Kissel, Guentzel), PPG, 19:01; ND: Hanson 9 (Christiaan Minella, Sean Lorenz), 19:21.
Penalties: ND: 6 for 12 minutes; BGSU: 5 for 10 minutes.
Shots On Goal:Notre Dame 11 - 12 - 9 - 32Bowling Green 6 - 5 - 12 - 23
Goaltender Saves:ND - Jordan Pearce (60:00) 5 - 5 - 12 - 22BGSU - Jimmy Spratt (60:00) 10 - 10 - 3 - 23
Power Plays:ND: 6 for 12BGSU: 1 for 7