Mario Lucia has two goals and an assist in five career games versus Northeastern.

No. 18 Irish To Host Northeastern Thursday and Friday

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— Notre Dame returns to Hockey East play this week with a two-game series versus Northeastern.
— Coming off a weekend split with Minnesota, Notre Dame is in the midst of playing four home games in eight days.
Mario Lucia leads the Irish with three points (2-1-3) in five career games versus Northeastern.
— For a second consecutive week, Notre Dame has been ranked No. 18 in the Poll (Nov. 9).

Match-up: Northeastern at Notre Dame
Date: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Time: 7:35 p.m.
Site: Notre Dame, Ind.
Arena: Compton Family Ice Arena (5,022)
Television: American Sports Network (ASN)
Play-by-Play: Tom Caron
Analyst: Fred Pletsch
Live Streaming: None
Live Radio: New Country 99.9 FM
Live Audio: WatchND App (
Play-by-Play: Darin Pritchett
Live Stats:
Live Updates: @NDHockey
All-Time Series: Northeastern leads, 8-4-1

Match-up: Northeastern at Notre Dame
Date: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
Time: 7:35 p.m.
Site: Notre Dame, Ind.
Arena: Compton Family Ice Arena (5,022)
Television: None
Live Streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra
Play-by-Play: Darin Pritchett
Live Radio: New Country 99.9 FM
Live Audio: WatchND App (
Play-by-Play: Darin Pritchett
Live Stats:
Live Updates: @NDHockey

Senior forward Thomas DiPauli (2-4-6) and sophomore forward Anders Bjork (2-3-5) each have three-game point streaks.

— Released on Nov. 4, the Notre Dame is first in NCAA Div. I hockey in the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) rankings with a perfect 100 score (tied with Bowling Green).
— The Irish also rank first in NCAA Div. I hockey in the Federal Rate (measured by the federal government in its Department of Education report) with a score of 94.
— Miami finished second in the Federal Rate with a score of 73.
— University wide, Notre Dame claimed a share of the 2015 national championship for graduating student-athletes in all sports – in the process posting the top NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figure (98) for its student-athletes for the ninth straight year.

— Notre Dame heads into the week with the nation’s No. 9 ranked offense (3.88 goals per game).
— Hockey East teams account for five of the top-10 offenses, including No. 2 Providence (4.57 gpg), No. 6 Boston College (4.00 gpg) and Massachusetts (4.00 gpg), and No. 9 Notre Dame and New Hampshire (3.88 gpg).
Dylan Malmquist leads the Irish with five goals, while Thomas DiPauli (4-5-9) and Anders Bjork (2-7-9) are tied for the team lead with nine points apiece.
— The balanced Irish attack features seven players with at least six points on the season, while 14 players have already scored at least one goal.

— The Huskies carry a 1-7-1 record into this week’s series versus Notre Dame, including a 0-3-1 mark in Hockey East play.
— Northeastern’s lone win came at home against Colgate, 2-1, on Oct. 10.
— In league play, the Huskies have dropped games to Vermont (3-2 on Oct. 29), at Boston University (5-4 on Nov. 6) and to Boston University (4-1 on Nov. 7), while also skating to a 3-3 tie at Vermont (Oct. 31).
— Sophomore forward Dylan Sikura leads the team with six points on two goals and four assists.
— Junior forward John Stevens leads the team with four goals.
— Freshman Ryan Ruck (0-4-0, 3.01, .894 Sv%) and junior Derick Roy (1-3-1, 3.52, .821 Sv%) have split time in the Northeastern net.
— Northeastern’s offense (2.00 gpg) ranks tied for 50th, while it’s defense (3.44 goals against per game) ranks 49th.

— Notre Dame and Minnesota split a weekend series at the Compton Family Ice Arena (Nov. 6-7), with Notre Dame taking game one, 4-3, and Minnesota posting a 4-1 game two victory.
— On Friday night, Jordan Gross scored the game-winning goal scored with under two minutes to play in the third period. Ã… Notre Dame led 3-1 in the third period on goals by Anders Bjork, Dylan Malmquist and Jordan Gross.
— While the Irish were trying to kill off a five-minute major late in the third period, Minnesota made it a 3-3 game on a pair of power play goals, including a 5-on-3 tally by Leon Bristedt and 5-on-4 goal by Hudson Fasching.
— The Irish wore their alternate green jerseys to signify the public kickoff of Notre Dame’s involvement with the Green Dot initiative.
— Gross notched his first career two-goal game and his seventh career multi-point game, while also scoring his second career game-winning goal.
Jake Evans matched his career high with three assists and posted his fifth career multi-point game.
Anders Bjork finished with a goal and two assists for a career-high three points.
— On Saturday night, Thomas DiPauli tied the game, 1-1, at the end of the second period, but Minnesota answered with three third period goals, including an empty netter, to post a 4-1 win.
— Both games were played in front of a sold out crowd at the Compton Family Ice Arena (5,022).

— With a road sweep of UConn (Oct. 31 and Nov. 1), Notre Dame opened Hockey East play with a pair of wins for the first time in three seasons.
— Eleven of the 12 Hockey East teams have played at least two league games this season, with Boston College (3-0-0), UMass Lowell (2-0-2), Notre Dame (2-0-0) and New Hampshire (1-0-1) the only teams to start out without any League losses.
— Notre Dame is now 2-1-0 in three Hockey East openers, including a 2-1 loss at Vermont on Nov. 1, 2013 and a 3-2 home win over the Catamounts on Oct. 31, 2014.

— The Notre Dame power play is 6-for-26 (.231) on the season, which ranks 14th nationally and is third in Hockey East.
Dylan Malmquist, Thomas DiPauli, Mario Lucia, Sam Herr, Steven Fogarty and Jordan Gross have combined for the four Notre Dame power-play goals.

— Freshman forward Dylan Malmquist is one of 17 NCAA Div. I players who played high school hockey last season.
— Additionally, he is one of just six players to arrive on campus straight from playing public high school hockey.
— Malmquist became the first player straight from public high school to score a goal this season (Oct. 17 at Penn State) and just the second of the 17 players playing straight from high school to score (BC’s Miles Wood scored at Army on Oct. 9).
— He registered his first multi-point game with two goals against Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 24 (T, 3-3).
— Malmquist is now the team leader with five goals on the season.

— Traditionally worn during the final regular-season home series each season, Notre Dame wore green uniforms in the 4-3 Nov. 6 win over Minnesota.
— The team wore green uniforms to support Notre Dame’s University-wide involvement with the Green Dot initiative.
— Green Dot is a violence prevention strategy predicated on the belief that individual safety is a community responsibility and not just that of the victim or perpetrator.
— The goal of Green Dot is to attract a force of engaged and proactive bystanders campus-wide to communicate that violence will not be tolerated in our community and that everyone has a responsibility to help.
— The hockey team’s involvement in the initiative has been spearheaded by Notre Dame Rosenthal Leadership Academy participants Steven Fogarty, Sam Herr, Mario Lucia, Thomas DiPauli, Andy Ryan and Cal Petersen.

— A lengthy Irish penalty kill streak was snapped at 22 by Minnesota in the third period Notre Dame’s 4-3 win on Nov. 6 when the Gophers scored a 5-on-3 goal.
— Notre Dame had killed off all nine UConn power plays it faced on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
— Notre Dame also finished 12-for-12 on the penalty kill versus Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 23-24.
— Junior defenseman Justin Wade added a shorthanded tally against the Bulldogs in Notre Dame’s 3-3 tie on Oct. 23, marking his second career goal.

— Notre Dame posted an 8-2 victory over UConn on Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ã… Eight different players scored for the Irish, while Thomas DiPauli had a goal and three assists.
— Notre Dame scored at least eight goals in a game for the first time since a 10-2 win over Canisius on Dec. 29, 2010.

— Senior captain Steven Fogarty led the Irish to a 7-4 win over Penn State on Oct. 16 by recording his first career hat trick. Ã… He added an assist for a four-point night, tying hi career-high total.
— It was the first Notre Dame hat trick since Robbie Russo scored three goals in last season’s 6-1 win at UConn (Jan. 18).

— The Irish are 0-0-2 in overtime this season, including a pair of 3-3 ties against then fifth-ranked Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 23-24). Two players on the current Notre Dame roster have overtime, game-winning goals:
Jake Evans in a 3-2 win vs. Miami on Dec. 28, 2014 in the Florida College Hockey Classic.
Connor Hurley in a 3-2 win at Merrimack on Nov. 14, 2014.