No. 15 Irish hockey (14-8-1) has now notched 4 wins in a row after sweeping Lake Superior State over the weekend, 6-3 and 4-2. On Friday night, the Irish held about even with the Lakers for most of the game, exchanging goals in the 1st and 2nd period before falling behind, 3-2, entering the 3rd. Halfway through the final stanza, the floodgates opened, and Austin Wuthrich tied the game with a shot off a rebound; 4 minutes later, the Irish would net 3 goals in less than 2 and a half minutes of play. The Irish goals came from Austin Wuthrich (2g, 1 PP, 1a), Jeff Costello (PP), Sam Herr (2g), and Mario Lucia (1g, 1a).
Thanks to the gif-making prowess of First Down Moses, here's Notre Dame's 2nd goal of the night against LSSU, wherein Jeff Costello fits the puck between the Laker goalie and the right post off a rebound (assists from Mario Lucia and Austin Wuthrich).
Here's The 3rd goal, this from Austin Wuthrich off a rebound off the Laker goalie, with assists from Hinostroza and Stephen Johns:
Sam Herr put the game away in style by chasing down one of the prettiest outlet passes you'll ever see (from T.J. Tynan, natch) and doing this:
The Irish outshot the Lakers, 34-19, and went 2-for-5 on the power play. The Irish allowed 1 power play goal on 5 power plays with Steven Summerhays manning the goal. Here are the full game highlights from NDFIDM:
Saturday night, the Irish won the game, 4-2, behind a very strong 2nd period. After a scoreless 1st, the Irish fell behind, 1-0, but netted 3 goals in the middle stanza, including 2 from Steven Fogarty in under a minute and 1 from Mario Lucia on a power play. In the final period, Austrian Peter Schneider scored for the Irish, who outshot the Lakers, 45-19. Notre Dame went 1-for-5 on power plays (they're currently 15th in the nation on power play scoring percentage), and LSSU went 0-for-4 with Steven Summerhays again starting in goal for the Irish.
Notre Dame's junior defenseman Robbie Russo didn't play this past weekend after being ruled academically ineligible, but is seeking a grade change and may play this weekend, as Jeff Cox notes over at SBN's college hockey site.
The Irish next host Northeastern at the CFIA this weekend in a 2-game series. The teams face off Friday night (7:35 p.m. ET, NBCSN, WatchND) and Saturday night (7:05 p.m. ET, NBCSN, WatchND).
No. 24 women's swimming and diving (6-5) lost out to no. 14 Louisville, 171-129, but Emma Reaney claimed first in 3 events, Kelly Ryan won the 200 back, and Irish divers swept their events, claiming 1st, 2nd, and 4th in the 1m and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the 3m. The Irish had another 6 runner-up finishes in the dual meet.
The Irish are out of the pool until the Shamrock Invitational at the end of the month.
The no. 20 men's squad (4-4-1) was idle this past week, but faces Louisville on the road on Friday afternoon.
No. 29 men's tennis (3-0) returned to competition this past Friday and swept William & Mary, 7-0, under new head coach and ND tennis alum Ryan Sachire. Sunday evening, they bested no. 47 Michigan State, 5-2, and Toledo, 7-0; Both losses came in singles play. The 3-0 finish marks a strong opening weekend for the Irish.
They face no. 34 Minnesota in Lexington, KY, this Friday, for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. They'll match up against no. 9 Kentucky or BYU on Saturday.
The no. 21 women's team returned to the court this past weekend and swept Western Michigan and IUPUI in two 7-0 shutouts, besting their opponents in both singles and doubles play.
The Irish hit the road this weekend to Evanston, IL, where they'll face off against Arizona State, Northwestern, and Oklahoma State.
The indoor season has commenced for Notre Dame's track & field team, which competed at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor on Saturday. The Irish claimed the top finish in both the men's and women's 4x400 relay. The men earned first in the 200m, 400m, and 800m, and the women earned first in the weight throw, shot put, and high jump, as well. The women's squad earned 27 top-10 finishes and the men's squad, 24. A good first showing for the Irish.
They next host the Notre Dame Invitational all day on Saturday.
Fencing resumed competition this weekend in Virginia Beach at the NAC Division I Juniors. Two women's epeeists earned 2nd and 21st finishes. Four men's foilists placed 30th or better. A men's sabreur placed 13th.
Next up is a day of competition at NYU on Saturday. The Irish will face St. John's on Sunday.
No. 2 women's basketball (17-0) earned 2 more impressive victories this past week, first over Pittsburgh, 109-66.
Monday night, they earned an impressive win over no. 12/10 Tennessee, 86-70, on the road. After falling into foul trouble and trailing by 12 early on, the Irish charged ahead behind the great play of Kayla McBride and some clutch three-point shooting midway through the 2nd half. Alstein covered the win over the Vols for us right here.
The Irish next face Miami (FL) at home on Thursday night (8:30 p.m. ET, WatchND, ACC/Regional Sports). Monday, they visit College Park to take on the Terrapins (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchND).
Men's basketball (10-6) split their games over the past week, first falling to Maryland last Wednesday, 74-66, then besting Virginia Tech on Sunday, 70-63. Alstein covered the 2nd-half collapse against Maryland for us right here and JoeSchu breaks down the needed win over the Hokies right here.
The Irish next face Florida State in Tallahassee on Tuesday night (8:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ACC Network). Saturday afternoon, they play Wake Forest on the road (3:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ACC Network).
We'll bring you updates next week on Notre Dame's Olympic sports as they continue to return to competition. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.