Rivals from two storied athletic programs met in the Compton Family Ice Arena Friday as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish returned to conference play against the University of Michigan Wolverines. The visitors refused to allow a smooth transition for the Irish, however and ended the game 3-0 Michigan.
First periods just haven’t been good to these Irish. Notre Dame’s Colin Theisen headed to the box for slashing early in the period, and the Wolverines found their way onto the board first with a power play goal from Nick Pastujov.
The Irish found their offensive flow and started to test Michigan goalie Strauss Mann; Notre Dame nearly tripled Michigan’s 5 shots on goal in the period with 13. However, the game remained 1-0 Michigan and both squads missed several critical scoring opportunities.
Notre Dame continued to outshoot Michigan into the third, but it wasn’t enough to get on the board. Cale Morris exited the net to get an extra Irish attacker onto the ice. Michigan responded with an empty netter from Jacob Hayhurst to end it 3-0.
Michigan: Nick Pastujov at 07:04 in the 1st with assists from Michael Pastujov and Eric Ciccolini
Michigan: Nick Granowicz at 01:47 in the 3rd with assist from Johnny Beecher
Michigan: Jacob Hayhurst at 17:47 in the 3rd with assist from Garrett Van Wyhe
Notre Dame: Colin Theisen for slashing at 06:46 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Cam Morrison for slashing at 13:16 in the 1st
Michigan: Nolan Moyle for hooking at 16:52 in the 1st
Michigan: Nick Blankenburg for boarding at 09:46 in the 2nd
Michigan: Nolan Moyle for interference at 19:18 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Cale Morris, 15 saves
Michigan: Strauss Mann, 32 saves
The Irish and Wolverines will return to the Compton Family Ice Arena Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. To check out the action, stream with NBC Sports.
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