Feb. 11, 2017
By Dan Colleran
ORONO, Maine — Facing a two-goal deficit midway through the second period, the Fighting Irish scored the game’s final four goals, including two by Dylan Malmquist, en route to a 4-2 victory and a weekend sweep of Maine.
With the game two win on Saturday night at Alfond Arena, the Irish (17-9-4, 10-5-3 HEA) moved into a tie for third in the Hockey East standings.
How It Happened
Maine jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 26 seconds into the first period when Blaine Byron forced a rebound in front past Cal Petersen following a shot through traffic by defenseman Eric Schurhamer.
Brendan Robbins gave the Black Bears a 2-0 lead when he converted on a 2-on-1 chance at 3:03 of the second period.
But then Maine took two penalties on the same play at 8:25 of the second to give the Irish a 5-on-3 power play. Just 19 seconds into that chance, Jordan Gross hammered a shot from the top of the circles past Maine goaltender Matt Morris for his eighth of the season, with the assists going to Anders Bjork and Bobby Nardella.
After killing off a pair of Maine power-play chances late in the second, the Irish power play unit tied things up at 2-2 when Malmquist finished off a quick passing sequence for his seventh goal of the season. Nardella and Gross notched the assists on what was Malmquist’s third power-play goal of the season, scored on a one timer from the bottom of the far circle.
Just 2:46 into the third, Malmquist collected a Dennis Gilbert clear at the offensive blue line, broke down the far side and sent a snapshot low, stick side past Morris for his second goal of the night.
The Fighting Irish outshot the Black Bears by a 40-19 margin and limited Maine to just five shots on goal in the third period. Petersen finshed with 17 saves in the game, while Morris totaled 36.
Notre Dame finished 2-for-5 on the power play, while Maine was 0-for-3.
Notre Dame – Maine Notes
- Junior goaltender Cal Petersen made his 80th-consecutive start in the Notre Dame net, which is tied for the fifth-longest streak in the NCAA Div. I records book.
- Petersen’s streak of 80 consecutive starts in the Irish net dates back to a 5-1 at Maine on Feb. 7, 2015.
- Petersen has also appeared 81 consecutive games, which is tied for the fifth-longest mark in the NCAA Div. I records book.
- Notre Dame improved to 6-0-1 in its last seven meetings with the Black Bears, while Cal Petersen improved to 5-0-0 against Maine.
- Jordan Gross skated in his 109th consecutive game, dating back to the first game of his freshman season.
- With a goal, Andrew Oglevie extended his point streak to a career-long 10 games (9-4-13).
- With an assist, Cal Burke (1-3-4) extended his point streak to a career-long four games.
- Dennis Gilbert has nine assists in the last nine games.
- Dylan Malmquist posted his third career two-goal game.
- Notre Dame has won three games in a row and is 3-0-1 over the last four games.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).