After an hour delay because of sunlight, both teams began the game tentatively, feeling out their new surroundings. Michigan then jumped out to a lead when Joseph Cecconi threw a puck on net from near center ice that found its way past goalie Cale Morris for an easy 1-0 advantage. Michigan scored again just seconds later for a 2-0 lead and added a third before the period was over.
The Irish were playing from behind early, and finally managed to breakthrough in the second period. A deflection from Cam Morrison on the power play put the Irish on the board, but it was all they would get in the period.
Morrison with the deflection on the power play to cut into the Michigan lead!— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) January 5, 2019
Irish pushing hard to get within one goal with under six minutes to play in the 2nd.#GoIrish #BeatWolverines pic.twitter.com/dfbUgO27rs
Notre Dame added a second late in the third period when Alex Steeves scored with the extra attacker on the ice, but Michigan added an empty net goal to seal the victory before Notre Dame could pull even.
Michigan managed to crowd the neutral zone all game and prevent Notre Dame from breaking into the offensive zone, often stopping the Irish offense before it could even get started. The Irish struggled to find any momentum and scoring chances until late in the third period.
Despite a few early mistakes and two soft goals, Cale Morris managed to keep the Irish in contention most of the game, saving 38 shots on the night, as Notre Dame was again outshot on the night 42-32.
UM - Joseph Cecconi (2) at 4:42 in the 1st, assisted by Nick Pastujov and Nick Blankenburg
UM - Will Lockwood (6) at 4:58 in the 1st, assisted by Nick Pastujov
UM - Nolan Moyle (2) at 9:54 in the 1st, assisted by Dakota Raabe and Luke Martin
ND - Cam Morrison (7) on the PP at 5:30 in the 2nd, assisted by Andrew Peeke and Dylan Malmquist
ND - Alex Steeves (6) at 17:12 in the 3rd, assisted by Jake Pivonka
UM - Dakota Raabe (3) at 19:48 in the 3rd, unassisted
ND - Cale Morris saved 38 of 41 shots faced in the loss
UM - Hayden Lavigne saved 30 of 32 shots faced for the win
UM - Luke Martin, 2 for interference at 6:29 in the 1st
ND - Cam Morrison, 2 for tripping at 7:47 in the 1st
UM - Nick Pastujov, 2 for hooking at 0:55 in the 2nd
UM - Griffin Luce, 2 for tripping at 5:08 in the 2nd
ND - Andrew Peeke, 2 for tripping at 6:03 in the 3rd
UM - Luke Morgan, 2 for interference at 14:37 in the 3rd
Notre Dame next plays this weekend when they welcome the Minnesota Golden Gophers to South Bend for a two game series.