Nov. 12, 2016
By Dan Colleran
BOSTON, Mass. — With the score tied 2-2 after two periods of play, third period goals by Cam Morrison, Jake Evans and Andrew Peeke lifted the ninth-ranked Notre Dame hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Northeastern on Saturday night at Matthews Arena (3,511).
With the win, which was Head Coach Jeff Jackson’s 250th at Notre Dame, the Irish improved to 5-3-1 on the season (2-1-0 Hockey East).
HOW IT HAPPENED
The teams traded goals through the first two periods of play, including a Notre Dame power-play goal by Jordan Gross early in the second and an Oglevie tally near the end of the second period.
Morrison broke the tie to give the Irish their first lead of the game, 3-2, at 8:54 of the third.
Evans and Peeke then scored just over a minute apart, at 13:48 and 14:55 of the third, to ice the win. The goal was the first of Peeke’s career.
On special teams, Notre Dame was 1-for-2 on the power play, while Northeastern finished 2-for-3.
Northeastern starter Ryan Ruck totalled 22 saves, while Jake Theut added one save in relief.
In the Notre Dame net, Cal Petersen made 23 saves, including 12 in a busy first period to ensure the Huskies only took a 1-0 lead to the locker room.
COACH JACKSON’S THOUGHTS
On twice coming back from one-goal deficits …
“Their power play was playing pretty good but I thought five-on-five we were playing pretty well. So falling behind was ok if we could turn it around and play five-on-five. We played five-on-five in the third and that gave us a chance to score some goals and I thought the Evans line [Cam Morrison, Jake Evans and Andrew Oglevie] played really well and that contributed to it.”
On generating offense from the defensemen …
“It’s important that our defense is contributing offensively. In this game you don’t win anymore without your defensemen being active. Northeastern is always a tough team to generate a lot of stuff down in front and in around the net, so you have to expand the zone and try and get pucks through.”
NOTRE DAME’S FIRST STAR
With a goal and two assists, Oglevie continued his hot start to the 2016-17 season with his fourth multi-point game of the season. He also extended his point streak to a career-long seven games (4-7-11).
NOTE OF THE NIGHT
The Irish had another strong third period, outscoring the Huskies by a 3-0 margin en route to the victory. On the season, Notre Dame is outscoring opponents 17-6 in third period play.
NOTRE DAME SCORING
1-1 | Gross tied the game, 1-1, with a blast from the point at 2:23 of the second period. The power-play tally was assisted by Bjork and Oglevie.
2-2 | Andrew Oglevie tied the game, 2-2, when he scored his fifth goal of the season at 18:06 of the second period. After Gilbert chipped a puck down to Evans in the corner, Evans whipped a pass in front that Oglevie tipped high past Ruck.
3-2 | Morrison gave the Irish their first lead of the night when he tipped in a Gilbert pass from the point, high past Ruck’s glove at 8:54 of the third period. Gilbert made a nice play at the defensive blue line to keep a Northeastern clearing attempt in the zone after it deflected off Evans.
4-2 | Evans gave the Irish a two-goal cushion at 13:48 of the third with a turnaround shot from the slot, with the assists going to Bjork and Morrison.
5-2 | Andrew Peeke capped the scoring at 14:55 of the third with his first career goal, scored from the point after Bjork sent a pass back out from near the goal line. Bobby Nardella also earned an assist on the play.
The Fighting Irish and Huskies will close out their weekend series at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 13).
NORTHEASTERN SERIES NOTES
- Junior goaltender Cal Petersen made his 59th-consecutive start in the Notre Dame net.
- Andrew Oglevie has a career-long, seven-game point streak (4-7-11).
- Jake Evans has a five-game point streak (3-5-8).
- Anders Bjork has a three-game point streak (2-5-7).
- Bjork has also notched at least one point in eight of Notre Dame’s nine games this season.
- In the middle of his 12th season behind the Irish bench, Head Coach Jeff Jackson has amassed 250 wins with Notre Dame (250-158-48).
- Notre Dame posted its first win at Matthews Arena since Nov. 7, 1998 (a 4-3 victory).
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).