Oct. 12, 2002
Duluth, Minn. – Rob Globke notched his first career hat trick and John Wroblewski scored twice to lead Notre Dame to a 5-3 win over the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Saturday night at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.
Senior goaltender Tony Zasowski, making his first start since Dec. 1, 2001, shook off some early rust to make 39 saves to backstop the Irish to the win.
Globke scored all three goals in the third period using his speed and skill to beat the Bulldog defense. His first goal of the night, at 3:13 of the third period gave Notre Dame its first lead of the weekend. Connor Dunlop wrapped the puck around the boards to freshman Tim Wallace. Wallace hit Globke in stride at center ice and the junior snapped a wrist shot past Bulldog goaltender Isaac Reichmuth for his first goal of the night.
UMD tied the game at 13:28 when Tyler Brosz redirected Drew Otten’s shot from the left wing boards past Zasowski to even the score at 3-3.
Globke’s second goal of the night proved to be the game winner at 14:46 of the third period. Defenseman Brett Lebda found Globke near the right wing circle and he whipped it past Reichmuth for a 4-3 lead.
The big right wing sealed the win when he scored into the empty net with 18 seconds left as Wroblewski broke up a Bulldog rush at center ice and slid it to Globke as he skated through center.
The Irish started the night on an ominous note as they allowed Minnesota-Duluth to jump out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Luke Stauffacher and Jon Francisco (ppg).
Stauffacher got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard just 1:45 into the game when he redirected Marco Peluso’s shot from the left point between goaltender Tony Zasowski’s pads for the 1-0 lead.
With Jake Wiegand off for crosschecking, UMD’s power play clicked. Junior Lessard fired a shot from the right circle that Zasowski stopped but couldn’t control the rebound. The Bulldogs top returning scorer, senior center Jon Francisco was there to flip the rebound over the Zasowski for the 2-0 lead at 15:39.
The Irish were able to cut the lead to 2-1 with a power-play goal of their own at 17:17. Rob Globke found John Wroblewski all alone in front with a great pass from the top of the left circle. Wroblewski outwaited goaltender Isaac Reichmuth and fired the puck from the top of the crease under the crossbar for his first goal of the season.
Wroblewski wasn’t finished with just the power-play goal. He tied the game for Notre Dame with a shorthanded tally in the second.
With T.J Mathieson off for an interference call, the speedy Wroblewski stepped in front of a Minnesota-Duluth pass at the Notre Dame blue line and it was off to the races. The senior from Neenah, Wis., went in on Reichmuth all alone, deked the freshman goaltender to the ice and drilled a wrist shot from between the hashmarks at 11:09 to knot the score at 2-2. The shorthanded goal was the first of Wroblewski’s career.
Zasowski turned in one of the best nights of his career with 39 saves on the night, just one off his career-high of 40 saves. The senior from Darien, Ill., was especially sharp after the first period as he made 30 of his saves in those two periods, giving up just one goal.
Notre Dame will next be in action on Friday, Oct. 18 when they play the home and CCHA opener at the Joyce Center versus the Western Michigan Broncos. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Saturday’s game versus the Broncos will be played in Kalamazoo with game time set for 7:05 p.m. (6:05 p.m. in South Bend). Saturday’s game will be televised live by WHME-TV in South Bend.
Goaltender Morgan Cey saw his streak of consecutive starts for the Irish come to an end in Saturday’s game. Cey had started 25 consecutive games for the Irish dating back to Dec. 7, 2001.
Wroblewski’s two-goal game was the second of his career.
Notre Dame is now 17-9-3 all-time versus Minnesota-Duluth and 11-3-2 in Duluth.
The Irish played the weekend without the services of left wing Mike Walsh (broken jaw) and Michael Chin, who did not make the trip to Duluth due to illness.
1 2 3 FNotre Dame (1-0-1) 1 1 3 5
Minnesota-Duluth (0-1-1) 2 0 1 3
First Period: UMD: Luke Stauffacher 1 (Marco Peluso), 1:45; UMD: Jon Francisco 1 (Junior Lessard, Tim Stapleton), PPG, 15:39; ND: John Wroblewski 1 (Rob Globke, Neil Komadoski), PPG, 17:52.
Penalties: ND: 2 for 4 minutes; UMD: 3 for 6 minutes
Second Period: ND: Wroblewski 2 (unassisted), SHG, 11:09.
Penalties: ND: 2 for 4 minutes; UMD: 4 for 8 minutes.
Third Period: ND: Rob Globke 1 (Tim Wallace, Connor Dunlop), 3:13; UMD: Tyler Brosz 2 (Drew Otten, Francisco), 13:28; ND: Globke 2 (Brett Lebda), 14:46. ND: Globke 3 (Wroblewski, Komadoski), ENG, 19:42.
Penalties: ND: 1 for 2 minutes; UMD: 0 for 0 minutes.
Shots On Goal:
Notre Dame 10 - 11 - 8 - 29
Minnesota-Duluth 11 - 16 - 15 - 42
ND - Tony Zasowski (60:00) 9 - 16 - 14 - 39
UMD - Isaac Reichmuth (59:43) 9 - 10 - 5 - 24
ND: 1 for 7
UMD: 1 for 5