Notre Dame fans did not see their guys get on the board in the first period, but the Irish ended the first 20 minutes with 10 shots on goal to top the Wolverines’ 8. However, the offensive momentum was not enough to snap the current Irish pattern of shaky first periods. Michigan’s Will Lockwood headed to the box for tripping, but the Irish could not capitalize on the power play goal opportunity and the period came to a scoreless close.
It was the Wolverines who outshot the Irish in the second period. Michigan claimed 12 while Notre Dame had 8. Each team played with a greater sense of urgency, but even as both the Wolverines and Irish had room for a power play goal, the game remained scoreless heading into the third period.
The third period was all about the Irish. Cam Morrison put his team on the board to make it 1-0 Irish not even five minutes in. Matt Hellickson snagged the second Irish goal less than three minutes later to double the lead. The Wolverines responded by pulling goaltender Strauss Mann. The move was not enough to catch up to the Irish, but Michigan’s Jacob Hayhurst smashed Notre Dame’s shutout hopes in the last minute with a goal and it ended 2-1 Irish.
Notre Dame: Cam Morrison at 4:05 in the 3rd with assists from Michael Graham and Alex Steeves
Notre Dame: Matt Hellickson at 7:31 in the 2nd with assist from Michael Graham
Michigan: Jacob Hayhurst at 19:17 in the 3rd with assists from Jake Slaker and Will Lockwood
Michigan: Will Lockwood for tripping at 13:11 in the 1st
Notre Dame: TEAM for too many men on the ice with Alex Steeves serving at 13:18 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Jesse Lansdell for boarding at 15:32 in the 2nd
Michigan: Luke Martin for high sticking at 17:52 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Cale Morris, 34 saves
Michigan: Strauss Mann 26 saves
The Irish and Wolverines will hit the ice again Saturday in Ann Arbor at 4:00 p.m ET. Catch the action on TV on Big Ten Network.
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