October 26, 1996

Miami Rallies To Defeat Notre Dame

Oxford, Ohio — Notre Dame junior goaltender Matt Eislerextended his shutout streak to more than 120 minutes, but MiamiUniversity scored twice early in the third period to come backand defeat the Irish 2-1 in Central Collegiate HockeyAssociation action Saturday at Goggin Arena.

Notre Dame (2-1-1 overall, 1-1-1 CCHA) surged ahead late in thesecond period when junior Steve Noble converted on thepower-play, off feeds from senior teammates Brian McCarthy andTim Harberts. With the score, the Irish snapped out of apower-play slump that had seen them convert on just one of 21 attemptsprior to Noble’s goal.

Miami (6-1-0, 5-0-0) scored twice in the first two minutes ofthe final period to claim the lead behind goals by Joe Bodnarand Ryan Brindley over a span of 54 seconds.

That one-minute stretch also featured an apparent goal by Irishsophomore Aniket Dhadphale, but the linesman ruled thatDhadphale directed the puck into the net with his skate. LyleAndrusiak initiated the chance down the left side and crossedthe puck to Dhadphales at the right side of the crease.

The Irish had a golden opportunity late in the opening periodafter penalties to Miami players Randy Robitaille and AdamCopeland but could not convert on the power-play, including a28-second stretch in which Notre Dame owned a two-man advantage.

The Irish nearly took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission butDhadphale’s shot with five seconds left went wide right.

NOTRE DAME COACH DAVE POULIN: “There certainly were a lot ofpositives tonight. There was a breakdown on Miami’s final goal.That was a heck of a good chance in the closing moments. We’lllearn a lot from tonight.”

Score by periodsNotre Dame     0   1   0   -- 1Miami          0   0   2   -- 2ScoringSecond period:15:47, Noble (ND) 2; McCarthy, HarbertsThird period: :59, Joe Bodnar (MU) 3; Buzzell, Harrold2:16, Ryan Brindley (MU) 1; Buzzell, BodnarShots on GoalNotre Dame   18Miami        23PenaltiesNotre Dame   7 for 14:00Miami        8 for 16:00Power PlaysNotre Dame   1 for 7 (.144)Miami        0 for 6 (.000)SavesEisler (ND)  21Prior  (MU)  17Attendance: 2,285