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Notre Dame Hockey: Irish take down Arizona State in the closing seconds of game 2

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Following Thursday night’s loss, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish came back to overpower the Arizona State Sun Devils in South Bend 5-4 in the second of the two-game series.

First Period

The Irish wasted no time setting the tone Friday and eventually outshot the Sun Devils 21-15 in the first period of play. Alex Steeves put Notre Dame on the board about five minutes in and Landon Slaggert doubled the team’s score not even 15 seconds later. The Sun Devils closed out the period with a goal of their own from Jordan Sandhu.

Second Period

The Sun Devils tied it up 2-2 with a goal from Matthew Kopperud about halfway into the second. Not even five minutes later, Kopperud snatched another goal on the power play following a penalty on Notre Dame’s Colin Theisen for playing with a broken stick. Ryan O’Reilly later chalked up another Arizona State goal to end the second period 4-2 Sun Devils.

Third Period

The Irish momentum returned about halfway through the third period with a goal from Jake Pivonka. About a minute later, Notre Dame’s Solag Bakich scored to tie it 4-4. However, it was Nick Leivermann who locked it in for the Irish with a fifth goal with five seconds remaining in the third.

Game Summary

Scoring

Notre Dame: Alex Steeves at 05:10 in the 1st, unassisted

Notre Dame: Landon Slaggert at 05:23 in the 1st with assists from Nate Clurman and Trevor Janicke

Arizona State: Jordan Sandhu at 19:05 in the 1st with assists from Matthew Kopperud and Demetrios Koumontzis

Arizona State: Matthew Kopperud at 12:51 in the 2nd with assists from Jax Murray and Demetrios Koumontzis

Arizona State: Matthew Kopperud at 17:24 in the 2nd with assists from James Sanchez and Jacob Semik

Arizona State: Ryan O’Reilly at 18:24 in the 2nd with assists from Jacob Semik and Chris Grando

Notre Dame: Jake Pivonka at 11:22 in the 3rd with assists from Spencer Stastney and Max Ellis

Notre Dame: Solag Bakich at 12:39 in the 3rd with assists from Jake Pivonka and Max Ellis

Notre Dame: Nick Leivermann at 19:55 in the 2nd, unassisted

Penalties

Notre Dame: Ryder Rolston at 09:58 in the 1st for hooking

Notre Dame: Nate Clurman at 10:30 in the 1st for tripping

Arizona State: Willie Knierim at 13:57 in the 1st for hooking

Notre Dame: Solag Bakich at 20:00 in the 1st for charging

Notre Dame: Colin Theisen at 16:19 in the 2nd for playing with a broken stick

Goalies

Notre Dame: Dylan St. Cyr, 33 saves

Arizona State: Cole Brady, 42 saves

Moving Forward

The Irish will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m. Catch the game on NBCSN.