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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: #18 Hockey beats #3 Boston College

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With the fall season coming to an end, the Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in hockey, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.

Digger Phelps performs a scene from The Nutcracker at halftime of #3 ND women's basketball's 95-90 win over #18 DePaul. Christmas is getting weird.
Digger Phelps performs a scene from The Nutcracker at halftime of #3 ND women's basketball's 95-90 win over #18 DePaul. Christmas is getting weird.
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Irish athletics are winding down as Notre Dame wraps up finals week and moves into Christmas break - basketball is just about the only sport active over the next few weeks. This will be our last installment of TWINDA until the new year.

Without further ado, we give you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups and look ahead at what's on the schedule this week.

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No. 18 Irish hockey (9-4-4, 6-1-2) won a thriller on a last minute goal from Dennis Gilbert, besting no. 3 Boston College, 4-3, in Chestnut Hill. Eight minutes into the final stanza, Notre Dame was trailing the Eagles, 3-1, when they unleashed a string of goals that earned them the huge victory.

The Irish opened scoring midway through the opening period with a goal from Jack Jenkins; BC then scored 3 unanswered (one late in the first, two early in the third). Notre Dame responded in the second half of the third period with goals from Jordan Gross, Andrew Oglevie, and, as noted above, Dennis Gilbert. ND led BC in shots, 39-26, and both teams went 0 for 2 on power plays. Cal Petersen made 23 saves in net for the Irish.

The Irish now break through the holidays. They'll reconvene for a match with Denver in Denver on January 1st (9:35 p.m. ET). The teams complete their series with another game on the 2nd (9:05 p.m. ET).

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Men's basketball (7-2) picked up two more wins this past week, first over Stony Brook, 86-61, then over Loyola Chicago, 81-61. You can find our game recap of the former here and of the latter here.

The Irish play Indiana this Saturday on the road (2:00 p.m. ET). They then host Youngstown State on Monday (7:00 p.m. ET). The week after Christmas, they welcome Liberty (1/29, 5:00 p.m. ET). Check out the schedule for their early January games here.

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No. 3 Irish women's basketball (9-1) claimed two wins this past week, besting no. 18 DePaul, 95-90, and downing TCU, 88-72. Against DePaul, the Irish nearly blew a 26-point lead in the second half, but they held on. Madison Cable led the team with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Kathryn Westbeld led ND vs. TCU with 12 points and 14 rebounds; she was one of five players who scored in the double digits vs. the Horned Frogs.

Star forward Brianna Turner is still out for the Irish with a shoulder injury (no word yet on whether it will be season-ending) and bench player Taya Reimer has left the team for the rest of the season for personal reasons.

Notre Dame faces St. Joseph's Pa. on Monday on the road (7:00 p.m. ET). The week after Christmas, they play Oregon State (1/28, 7:00 p.m. ET) and Georgia Tech (1/30, 7:00 p.m. ET) at home. Check out the schedule for their early January games here.

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Have an excellent Christmas and New Year's, everyone. We'll be back in a few weeks. Until then, go Irish. Beat everybody.