#8 Josh Sciba
Begins the 2006-07 season as Notre Dame’s top-returning goal scorer after a breakout junior year … three-time monogram winner … made the move to center in 2005-06 to take advantage of his offensive skills and made the most of the opportunity … strong skater with good speed and an accurate shot … has a goal scorers’ instincts with outstanding hands and a nice touch around the net … handles the puck well and finds the open man … had an outstanding year on the power play, playing on the point opposite of Wes O’Neill … played in 35 games, scoring 17 goals with 13 assists for 30 points, all career highs … ten of his 17 goals came on the power play for the most man-advantage goals since `99-’00 when Ben Simon had 10 power-play tallies … also had one short-handed goal and one game winner … his 86 shots on goal led the team as did his .198 shooting percentage … selected Notre Dame’s offensive player-of-the-year … second consecutive season to lead the team in goals (tied Wes O’Neill with six in `04-’05) … in 108 career games had 30 goals and 24 assists for 54 points and 15 power-play goals … one of six current team members to play in the U.S. National Team Developmental Program – joining fellow seniors Noah Babin, Michael Bartlett, Tom Sawatske, sophomore Jordan Pearce and freshman Kyle Lawson … the Irish have now had 16 former U.S. National Program players join the program … played one season for the Compuware Ambassadors, where he was a teammate of current Irish player Jason Paige … one of seven Irish players from the state of Michigan, along Paige (Saginaw), Evan Rankin (Portage), Erik Condra (Livonia), Justin White (Traverse City), Brett Blatchford (Temperance) and Kyle Lawson (New Hudson) … member of eight-man freshman class in 2003 that included five forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender … committed to Notre Dame in the early-signing period (Nov. `02) along with Babin, David Brown, Wes O’Neill and Paige.
AS A JUNIOR: Had a career year for the Irish in `05-’06 … played in 35 games with 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points, all career highs … scored 10 power-play goals, one short-handed and one game winner for the year … led the Irish with 86 shots on goal and a .198 shooting percentage … picked up 14 penalties for 28 minutes … was +3 on the season … ranked second on the team in points and first in goals … was eighth among CCHA goal scorers and tied for second with power-play goals …collected seven multiple-point games and two multiple-goal games on the year … after being shutout in the season opener at Colorado College, collected a goal and an assist in 6-3 loss at Denver … followed with a goal in the home opener versus Princeton on Oct. 29 … held to one assist in the series with Michigan … recorded first career hat trick in 9-4 win over Bowling Green on Nov. 10, scoring a pair of power-play goals and one short-handed marker … capped the four-goal weekend with a single goal (ppg) in 4-2 win over the Falcons on Nov. 11 … ran scoring streak to three games (5g, 1a) with a goal (ppg) and an assist in 2-2 tie at Miami on Nov. 18 … held off the scoresheet for three straight games before scoring career-best eighth goal of the season at Western Michigan in 4-3 loss … put together a four-game point streak (3g, 1a) from Dec. 2 to Dec. 10 in two games against the Broncos and two with Minnesota State … streak was snapped in 4-0 shutout by Lake Superior on Dec. 17 … got the second half of the season off to a good start with a goal (game winner) and two assists in 4-1 win at Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 6 and added an assist in game two with the Mavericks, a 2-2 tie … that started another four-game point streak (2g, 4a) with one power-play goal and added an assist in a pair of games at Miami (Jan. 13-14) … picked up two assists in 4-3, come-from-behind win at Northern Michigan on Jan. 21 … assisted on Mike Walsh’s game winner in 1-0 win at Ohio State on Jan. 28 … had a power-play goal in 3-2 home loss to Michigan State … had a goal (ppg) and an assist in big 3-2 win at Ferris State … first-period power-play goal gave Irish a 2-0 lead … set up Mark Van Guilder’s game winner with seven seconds left in the second stanza … had another big weekend series versus Bowling Green … scored two goals (one ppg) with one assist in 7-4 road win … scored lone goal in 1-1 tie the following night … three-goal, one-assist weekend earned him CCHA offensive player-of-the-week honors … finished the year with seven goals and one assist for eight points in four games against the Falcons … was held off the scoresheet in the final four games of the year, including two CCHA playoff games.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 35 of Notre Dame’s 38 games … scored six goals with four assists for 10 points … had three power-play goals on the season … tied for fifth on the team with 69 shots on goal … had six penalties for 12 minutes … got the season off to a fast start scoring the first goal of the year for the Irish just 7:05 into the first period of the season opener, a 2-2 tie versus Minnesota-Duluth … second goal of the season came in the third game of the year, a second-period power-play goal at Miami to tie the game at 2-2 in an eventual 4-2 loss … held off the scoresheet for eight games before recording points in back-to-back games at Alaska Fairbanks on Nov. 26-27 … assisted on a Tony Gill goal in 3-2 win versus the Nanooks in game one of weekend series … followed with a goal with the goaltender pulled in the final minute of a 3-2 loss to UAF the following night … turned in a career-best four-game point streak from Dec. 10-Jan. 2 versus Michigan State and Rensselaer … teamed with Cory McLean to set up Wes O’Neill’s game-tying, power-play goal with 1:19 left in the game on Dec. 10 … Matt Amado would score game winner in overtime for 3-2 Irish victory … scored Notre Dame’s lone goal just 42 seconds into the game on the power play for his fourth of the year in a 4-1 loss at Michigan State the following night … made it two games in a row with a goal when he scored the lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Rensselaer on Jan. 1 … helped set up Tim Wallace’s game winner the following night at 9:09 of the third period in 2-1 win over the Engineers … would score just two more points over the remaining 16 games … had sixth goal of the year in 3-1 loss to Ohio State on Jan. 15 and assisted on a Noah Babin power-play tally on Feb. 12 in 4-2 loss to Ferris State.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in 38 of Notre Dame’s 39 games in 2003-04 … was second among freshmen in scoring with seven goals and seven assists for 14 points … had two power-play goals and one game winner … penalized 10 times for 20 minutes … fired 49 shots on goal for a .143 shooting percentage… was -1 on the season … scored first collegiate goal on Oct. 18 at Bowling Green … goal at 2:37 of the first period gave the Irish a 2-0 lead on the way to a 3-0 shutout of the Falcons … picked up assists versus Lake Superior and Northern Michigan before finding the back of the net on Dec. 5 at Western Michigan … third-period goal cut Western lead to 7-5 in eventual 8-6 loss for the Irish … picked up first multiple-point game (1g, 1a) in 5-4 overtime loss at Bowling Green on Jan. 9 … second-period goal gave Irish a 2-0 lead … later helped set up Jason Paige goal that gave Notre Dame a 4-3 lead … made it two goals in a row the following night as his goal in the first period gave the Irish a 2-0 lead in David Brown’s second 3-0 shutout of Bowling Green … picked up just one assist over next six games before scoring his first career power-play goal in a 5-2 loss at Miami (Feb. 6) … scored the insurance goal in a 4-2 win over Ferris State on Feb. 13 … goal was part of a three-game point-scoring streak (1g, 2a) between Feb. 13-Feb. 27 … final goal of the season came in game one of the first round of the CCHA playoffs on Mar. 12 versus Western Michigan … unassisted, power-play goal at 1:13 of the third period proved to be the game winner … goal was his only point in five postseason games.
WITH USA HOCKEY: Spent two seasons in the United States National Team Developmental Program … with the Under-18 team in 2002-03 was fourth in scoring with 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points … had four power-play goals and four game winners while also picking up 22 minutes in penalties … played in the Top Prospects tournament … with the Under-17 team in 2001-02, helped Team USA win the gold medal at the Under-17 World Challenge … scored the game-winning goal in the semifinal victory over Team Ontario, beating current Irish goaltender David Brown … for the season, had 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points … among his goals were seven power-play markers, a short-handed goal and four game winners.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Ann Arbor Huron High School while playing for the U.S. Developmental Program … moved through the ranks of Michigan hockey, playing for HoneyBaked `85 AAA team and the Compuware Ambassadors junior program … has played on two state championship teams, three league championship squads and two world championship teams during his career … full name is Joshua James Sciba … son of Darryl and Sharon Sciba … has one brother … born on Feb. 6, 1985, in Dearborn, Mich. … has a double major in sociology and computer applications in the College of Arts and Letters.
Sciba’s Career Statistics
Sciba’s Career Bests
vs. Bowling Green (2g-1a; 2/17/06)
vs. Nebraska-Omaha (1g-2a; 1/6/06)
vs. Bowling Green (3g-0a; 11/10/05)
vs. Bowling Green (11/10/05)
vs. Nebraska-Omaha (1/6/06)
7 Shots on Goal
vs. Bowling Green (2/18/06)
4-Game Point Streak
(2g-3a); Jan. 6-Jan. 14, 2006
(vs. Nebraska-Omaha and Miami)
(2g-2a); Dec. 2-Dec. 10, 2005
(vs. Western Michigan and Minnesota State)
(2g-2a); Dec. 10-Jan. 2, 2005
(vs. Michigan State and Rensselaer)
3-Game Goal Streak
(4g-2a); Feb. 11-Feb. 18, 2006
(vs. Ferris State and Bowling Green)
(5g-1a); Nov. 10-Nov. 18, 2005
(vs. Bowling Green and Miami)