The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hockey team was back on the ice Saturday against the Wisconsin Badgers following their 6-4 loss on Friday. The Irish offense came to play on Saturday as they took advantage of a few Wisconsin penalties to come away with the 5-2 win.
The first period passed without much to show. Both teams managed eights shots but neither could find a goal in the opening 20 minutes. Notre Dame managed two late power play chances but weren’t able to capitalize just yet.
In the second period it was Wisconsin who managed the first goal, scoring on the power play seven minutes into the period. Notre Dame came back three minutes later with a power play chance of their own. Michael Graham cycled the puck around to Spencer Stastney who found Alex Steeves open at the top of the zone. Steeves skated in the high slot and let go a shot that found the back of the net to tie the game. Later in the period Charlie Raith took a pass from Nate Clurman wide of the faceoff circle where he scored his second career goal.
Late in the second Wisconsin took two penalties that put Notre Dame on a 5-on-3 advantage. Alex Steeves took a shot from the faceoff circle that was saved by Jack Berry. The rebound however went wide right to Cal Burke who put his first touch into the open net with just 7 seconds left in the period.
Notre Dame was still on the power play when the second period began but this time it was Wisconsin who took advantage, scoring a short handed goal 17 second into the period. Halfway through Notre Dame was back on the power play when Michael Graham beat Berry with a wrist shot for his second goal of the period. Alex Steeves assisted on the goal for his fourth point of the night. Tory Dello added an empty net goal for the Irish to seal the win.
Wisconsin: Sean Dhooghe (5) on the PP at 7:01 in the 2nd, assisted by Wyatt Kalynuk and Ty Pelton-Byce
Notre Dame: Alex Steeves (9) on the PP at 9:51 in the 2nd, assisted by Spencer Stastney and Michael Graham
Notre Dame: Charlie Raith (2) at 16:25 in the 2nd, assisted by Nate Clurman and Alex Steeves
Notre Dame: Cal Burke (6) on the PP at 19:53 in the 2nd, assisted by Alex Steeves and Cam Morrison
Wisconsin: Roman Ahcan (10) SH at 0:17 in the 3rd, assisted by Owen Lindmark and Wyatt Kalynuk
Notre Dame: Michael Graham (3) on the PP at 9:59 in the 3rd, assisted by Spencer Stastney and Alex Steeves
Notre Dame: Tory Dello (1) at 18:08 in the 3rd, assisted by Trevor Janicke
Notre Dame: Pierce Crawford, 2 for slashing at 6:07 in the 1st
Wisconsin: Tyler Inamoto, 2 for hooking at 11:47 in the 1st
Wisconsin: Tarek Baker, 2 for charging at 19:54 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Nate Clurman, 2 for hooking at 6:01 in the 2nd
Wisconsin: Sean Dhooghe, 2 for cross-checking at 8:25 in the 2nd
Wisconsin: Tarek Baker, 2 for holding at 18:45 in the 2nd
Wisconsin: Mick Messner, 2 for cross-checking at 19:42 in the 2nd
Wisconsin: K’Andre Miller, 2 for interference at 9:14 in the 3rd
Wisconsin: Dylan Holloway, 2 for tripping at 15:39 in the 3rd
Wisconsin: K’Andre Miller, 10 for misconduct at 15:39 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Cale Morris made 35 saves on 37 shots for the win
Wisconsin: Jack Berry allowed 4 goals on 36 shots in the loss
Notre Dame takes to the road next weekend for a series against the Penn State Nittany Lions.