#15 Christiaan Minella
Won four monograms during his career atNotre Dame … provided a physical presence in theIrish lineup throughout his career … hard-workingplayer who was strong at both ends of the ice anda tenacious forechecker … saw action in 30 gamesas a senior with two goals and seven assists fornine points … played in 115 career games at NotreDame, scoring 12 goals with 21 assists for 33points … came to Notre Dame after playing threeseasons in the United States Hockey League(USHL) for the Sioux City Musketeers.
AS A SENIOR: Played in 30 games during the2009-10 campaign … scored two goals with sevenassists for nine points … whistled for 11 penalties,resulting in 30 penalty minutes … picked up hisfirst three points of the year as part of a three-game point streak (0g, 3a) from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31… recorded assists versus Boston College and onein each game of home series with Ohio State … firstgoal of the season came on Nov. 6 at Alaska in a3-2 Irish win … recorded assists versus BowlingGreen (Nov. 27), Michigan (Dec. 13) and NorthDakota (Jan. 3) before being injured on Jan. 15 in5-2 win at home against Michigan State … suffereda knee injury that would sideline him for sevengames … returned to action on Feb. 19 at BowlingGreen … assisted on a goal in 5-3 win over Michigan(Feb. 27) … had the final goal of his career in 8-2loss at Ohio State in game two of CCHA playoffs …had one goal in two postseason games.
AS A JUNIOR: Saw action in 38 of team[apos]s 40games … had career highs in every category -goals (9), assists (7), points (16), power-play goals(1), game winners (2) and shots (52) … had 16penalties for 32 minutes … was +8 on the year …had two multiple-point games on the season …recorded first goal of the year in 3-0 win overSacred Heart (Oct. 18) … had career-best, four-game point streak (3g, 2a) and three-game goalstreak (3g, 1a) between Nov. 14 and Nov. 22 …scored one goal in each of the games of the Nov.14-15 series versus Lake Superior State … goal in5-2 win on Nov. 15 was the game winner …equaled a career high with two points (1g, 1a) in5-1 win versus Bowling Green (Nov. 21) … closedout streak with an assist in 9-1 victory over theFalcons to close series … recorded assists versusWestern Michigan (Nov. 29) and Bowling Green(Dec. 13) to close out first half of season … set up apair of goals by Garrett Regan in championshipgame of the Shillelagh Tournament to help NotreDame to tourney title … fifth goal of the seasoncame at Lake Superior State (Jan. 16) and was thegame winner in a 3-2 win over the Lakers … wentfour games without a point before scoring firstpower-play goal of career in a 4-1 loss at OhioState (Feb. 8) … seventh goal of the year came onthe road at Nebraska-Omaha (Feb. 20) in 4-3 over-time victory … closed the regular season with agoal in 5-0 shutout of Michigan State in the homefinale on Feb. 27 … scored his final goal of the sea-son in the CCHA championship game, a 5-2 winover Michigan … in five postseason games had one goal and no assists.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in 26 games,recording a pair of assists … had 14 penaltiesresulting in 28 minutes … was +2 on the season …set up Justin White[apos]s goal at 9:20 of the secondperiod versus Rensselaer in the championshipgame of the Rensselaer Holiday Tournament …goal cut R.P.I. lead to 3-2 in game Irish would win4-3 … assisted on Christian Hanson goal in secondperiod of CCHA third-place game against NorthernMichigan … goal gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead onthe way to a 2-1 loss … played in eight postseasongames with one assist.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in 21 games forthe Irish, scoring one goal and adding five assistsfor six points … picked up nine penalties for 18minutes … had 16 shots on goal and was +1 for theseason … sat out the first nine games of the sea-son, making his debut on Nov. 11 in 4-0 win overBowling Green … scored first collegiate goal at 9:04of the first period, giving Notre Dame a 2-0 lead …goal came in his first game on his first shot at thecollegiate level … first Irish player to do that sinceTim Wallace `06 scored in his first game on the firstshot at Minnesota-Duluth (Oct. 11, 2002) … pickedup his first assist the following week in 4-1 winover Ohio State … had first multiple-point game ofhis career with two assists in 6-2 win at home ver-sus Alaska on Dec. 3 … final assist of the seasoncame in game one of CCHA quarterfinals againstAlaska on March 9 … in two postseason games hadone assist for one point.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from PetersTownship High School in McMurray, Pa. … playedboth baseball and hockey at Peters … member oftwo Pennsylvania State hockey championshipteams (`02 and `03) … teammate of former Irishplayer Christian Hanson at Peters in `01-[apos]02 … wasall-conference and all-city in `02-[apos]03 … member ofTeam Pittsburgh in his junior and senior year …selected to play on high school all-star team (`02-[apos]03) … played junior hockey for the PittsburghAmateur Penguins and the Pittsburgh Hornets …teammate of Hanson[apos]s with the Hornets in 2002-03 … played three seasons with the USHL[apos]s SiouxCity Musketeers … had seven goals and 11 assistsin his rookie year (2003-04) … in second season,helped Musketeers to second place in WesternDivision, scoring seven goals and 15 assists for 22points … served as team captain of the 2005-06Sioux City team … posted best numbers of hiscareer with 24 goals (13th best in the USHL) and14 assists for 38 points … had eight power-playgoals and four game winners … closed out hiscareer with four goals and one assist in his last twogames with two of the goals being game winners… full name is Michel Christiaan Minella … son ofDaniel and Melissa Minella … born July 5, 1985 inCincinnati, Ohio … graduated from Notre Damewith a degree in marketing from the MendozaCollege of Business.
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