November 23, 1996
Irish Skate Past Bowling Green, 5-3
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Sophomore Brian Urick’s two goalsled a balanced scoring attack as visiting Notre Dame won for thesecond time this season at Bowling Green, 5-3, in CentralCollegiate Hockey Association action Friday at the Bowling GreenIce Arena.
Notre Dame (4-5-1, 3-3-1 CCHA) moved back into a tie for fifthplace in the CCHA standings with Western Michigan, which won atFerris State earlier in the week. The loss dropped Bowling Green(6-6-1, 2-6-1 CCHA) into seventh place in the league standings.
Sophomore goaltender Forrest Karr was one of three Notre Dameplayers to repeat his clutch play from the last time the Irishvisited Bowling Green (a 7-5 comeback win on Nov. 2). Karr,making his first career CCHA start, came up with 30 saves whilehelping the Irish stop 5-of-6 Bowling Green power playopportunities. Karr came off the bench three weeks ago to helpturn around an early 3-0 deficit in the earlier win over theFalcons.
Junior Lyle Andrusiak – who sparked the Nov. 2 win with twogoals – got the Irish on the board at the 8:33 mark of the firstperiod after stealing the puck from center ice and putting abreakway shot between the legs of Bowling Green goalie BobPetrie. Andrusiak has just three goals in his last 43 games,with each of them coming at Bowling Green.
Urick then scored 35 seconds later on a spin shot from the leftcircle to make it 2-0. Coming into the night, the Irish had onlyaccounted for two goals in the first period through the firstnine games of the season. The goal was also just the second powerplay score for the Irish in their last 23 chances.
Tim Harberts, who scored in the Nov. 2 game versus Bowling Green tobreak out of a scoring slump of his own, put the Irish ahead 3-0midway through the second period after skating up the center ofthe ice on a 3-2 break and sending a shot over Petrie’s glovehand.
The Falcons finally got on the board late in the second period,but Urick then put back a rebounded shot by Aniket Dhadphale,who had stolen the puck inside the blue line. The score gave theIrish a three-goal lead heading into the final period.
The Falcons scored midway through the third period and later hada chance to force overtime thanks to 38 seconds worth of a5-on-3 opportunity with 4:55 remaining. But, the Irish defensestiffened and Andrusiak released from his holding penalty fiveseconds before the Falcons finally scored and were able to closeto within 4-3.lFreshman Joe Dusbabek dumped in his team-leading fifth goal onan empty net with 21 seconds left in the contest to seal theIrish win.
Each of Notre Dame’s three CCHA victories this season have comeon the road and have been led by strong goaltending (Junior MattEisler earlier had 47 assists against Ohio St.)
Notre Dame next travels to Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. TheRedskins lost a close game to Michigan State on Friday Night,4-3, vaulting the Spartans (7-2-0) atop the league standings anddropping Miami (6-1-0) to third. Lake Superior St. (4-2-0)remains in fourth place and a point ahead of the Irish after a3-2 victory at home Friday over Ferris State. The Lakers hostthe Bulldogs again on Saturday night.
NOTRE DAME 5, BOWLING GREEN 3
CCHA Hockey Action
1st 2nd 3rd FinalNotre Dame 2 2 1 -- 5Bowling Green 0 1 2 -- 3SCORINGFirst periodND - Andrusiak (una), 8:33ND - Urick (Dusbabek, Cotnoir), PP, 9:08Second periodND - Harberts (Fraser), 6:46BG - Price (Johnson, Eldred), 17:30ND - Urick (Dhadphale), 18:08Third periodBG - Falkner (Johnson, Lamarre), 10:23BG - Ratchuk (Johnson, Fry) PP, 15:48ND - Dusbabek (Nelson), ENG, 19:39SHOTS ON GOALND - 19BG - 33SAVESKarr (ND) - 30Petrie (BG) - 14POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIESND - 1-of-3BG - 1-of-6PENALTIESND - 8-for-16BG - 4-for-19
Notre Dame coach Dave Poulin:“We had not played well inthe first period all season until tonight. That was something wefocused on the last few days and we had a great week ofpractice. We haven’t been in the position of holding a lead veryoften and I was happy to see us show poise in that situation.This team is growing in confidence and is making strides towardsdeveloping a mentality of winning. Forrest again playedfantastic in the goal for us tonight.”