The #6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team traveled to Ann Arbor over the weekend, where they took on the #14 Michigan Wolverines in a matchup of Big Ten rivals. The Irish struggled to find the back of the net in game one on Friday, falling 2-1, before an offensive onslaught saw them come away with a 6-2 win Saturday. Here’s how it happened.
After a quiet first period, Notre Dame jumped out to the lead early in the second period. Matt Hellickson intercepted a pass at the defensive blue line before carrying through the neutral zone and dropping off a pass to Dylan Malmquist. Malmquist returned the pass and Hellickson, who slotted it past Strauss Mann for his first goal of the season.
2-1 UM | The puck is down and the third period is underway as the Irish look to start the comeback!— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) November 10, 2018
Here's a look at Hellickson's second period goal pic.twitter.com/ioi4U9bSZ3
The Wolverines answered right back though, scoring two power play goals in the second period. Neither team was able to score in the third.
One of the most worrying statistics on the day has become somewhat of a trend for the Irish, especially in their losses, as the were outshot by Michigan 38-27. Of course you still have to score the goals, but simple probability says the more shots you take the more goals you are likely to score, and the Irish have been outshot often early in the season, relying on Cale Morris to make the stops and keep them competitive.
ND - Matt Hellickson (1) at 1:35 in the 2nd, assisted by Dylan Malmquist.
UM - Jake Slaker (5) on the PP at 3:54 in the 2nd, assisted by Will Lockwood and Quinn Hughes.
UM - Nick Pastujov (4) on the PP at 7:35 in the 2nd, assisted by Michael Pastujov and Nicholas Boka.
ND - Cale Morris made 36 saves on 38 shots, allowing 2 goals in the loss.
UM - Strauss Mann made 26 saves on 27 shots, allowing 1 goal for the win.
UM - Luke Morgan, 2 for elbowing at 10:26 in the 1st.
ND - Cal Burke, 2 for high-sticking at 2:59 in the 2nd.
ND - Andrew Peeke, 2 for interference at 5:36 in the 2nd.
UM - Joseph Cecconi, 2 for interference at 8:45 in the 2nd.
ND - Colin Theisen, 2 for holding at 14:27 in the 2nd.
ND - Spencer Stasteny, 2 for holding at 3:52 in the 3rd.
UM - Luke Martin, 2 for tripping at 10:43 in the 3rd.
UM - Joseph Cecconi, 2 for tripping at 13:42 in the 3rd.
ND - Alex Steeves, 2 for boarding at 16:08 in the 3rd.
Michigan scored first in game 2, going up 1-0 on a power play goal by Will Lockwood just 2:47 into the game. Dylan St. Cyr was able to keep the Wolverines off the board for the remainder of the period before Alex Steeves and Cal Burke scored 1:37 apart at the end of the period to give Notre Dame a 2-1 lead.
Notre Dame opened the second period on a tear, scoring three goals in the first 4:10 of the period. They scored again with just 2:23 remaining in the second for a 6-1 lead. Michigan added a goal in the third for a final score of 6-2.
Despite the flurry of goals, Notre Dame had just 23 shots, again being outshot by Michigan who had 31. If not for some stellar goaltending from St. Cyr this game may have ended differently.
UM - Will Lockwood (3) on the PP at 2:47 in the 1st, assisted by Quinn Hughes and Joseph Cecconi.
ND - Alex Steeves (1) at 16:14 in the 1st, assisted by Jake Pivonka and Graham Slaggert.
ND - Cal Burke (6) at 17:51 in the 1st, assisted by Jack Jenkins and Matt Hellickson.
ND - Joe Wegwerth (6) at 1:47 in the 2nd, assisted by Cal Burke and Alex Steeves.
ND - Alex Steeves (2) at 1:59 in the 2nd, assisted by Jake Pivonka and Matt Hellickson.
ND - Bobby Nardella (5) at 4:10 in the 2nd, assisted by Nick Leivermann and Colin Theisen.
ND - Jack Jenkins (2) at 16:37 in the 2nd, assisted by Cal Burke.
ND - Dylan St. Cyr saved 29 of 31 shots, allowing 2 goals in the win.
UM - Hayden Lavigne allowed 4 goals on 16 shots for the loss.
UM - Strauss Mann replaced Lavigne and allowed 2 goals on 7 shots.
ND - Graham Slaggert, 2 for hooking at 1:12 in the 1st.
UM - Joseph Cecconi, for roughing at 16:52 in the 1st.
ND - Joe Wegwerth, 2 for roughing at 16:52 in the 1st.
UM - Nick Pastujov, 2 for tripping at 19:38 in the 1st.
ND - Joe Wegwerth, 2 for hooking at 10:23 in the 1st.
ND - Andrew Peeke, 2 for cross-checking at 11:25 in the 1st.
Notre Dame heads to East Lansing, MI and Munn Ice Arena to take on the Michigan State Spartans in another Big Ten series, with games on Friday Nov. 16 at 7pm and Saturday Nov. 17 at 7:30pm. The Irish next face Michigan on Jan. 5, in an outdoor game at Notre Dame Stadium.