Notre Dame snaps the Michigan hockey team's 9-game unbeaten streak, 3-1
Updated 12:02 a.m.
The Michigan hockey team’s nine-game unbeaten streak came to an end Friday night at Notre Dame.
The No. 6-ranked Fighting Irish scored unanswered goals in each of the first two periods and capped off a 3-1 win with an empty-net goal in the closing seconds in front of a sellout crowd of 5,022 at Compton Family Ice Arena.
Notre Dame (14-8-3, 9-5-3-0 CCHA) goaltender Steven Summerhays stopped all 25 shots he saw in the first two periods, but the No. 10 Wolverines (14-9-4, 8-7-4-1) first puck on goal in the third -- an Alex Guptill tip of a Greg Pateryn shot from the point -- got behind him to cut the Fighting Irish lead in half.
There would be no completion of the comeback attempt, however, as the Fighting Irish limited Michigan to just six shots on goal in the third period.
More than half of Summerhays’ 30 saves came in the second period, when the Wolverines tallied 18 shots on goal. Shawn Hunwick made 32 saves for Michigan, which lost for the first time since Dec. 2 in Alaska. The Wolverines were 7-0-2 in that span.
Notre Dame got its first two goals from defensemen. Junior Sam Calabrese scored at the 15:39 mark of the first period and senior Sean Lorenz at the 10:19 mark of the second period.
"It was one of those games where it's down and back. On the second goal, we had a good rush, a good chance, and they go back down and the defenseman puts in a rebound on the loose puck," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "That's what it came down to. That's how fine the line was."
Calabrese's goal gave the Irish a fast start they needed after losing a pair of games to Western Michigan last weekend, the first time they've been swept in CCHA play since the 200-10 season.
“It was important for us to get the first goal, probably, from a confidence perspective because we just came off a couple losses,” Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said in his post-game press conference.
“It was an important game for us as far as our team goes, let alone all the hype and rivalry stuff. It’s more important that we played well, and I thought we played well for the majority of that game.”
Billy Maday’s empty-net goal with 25 seconds left to play made it 3-1, capping the fast-paced game.
"It's a high intensity rivalry game and that's just the way these games are going to be," said Michigan senior captain Luke Glendening. "They're going to be up and down. Two good skating teams and that's just the way it is."
Guptill’s team-high 13th goal was the Wolverines’ first power play score since a Dec. 30 win over Michigan State in the Great Lakes Invitational final. Michigan, which had converted on just 14 of its 100 power plays before Friday, was 1-for-4 with a man advantage against the Irish. The Wolverines killed all four Notre Dame power plays.
The teams wrap up their weekend series -- their only regular season meeting of the year -- at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised by the CBS College Sports Network.