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Notre Dame Hockey: Irish Overpower Long Island Sharks 5-2 in South Bend

Could home ice advantage be a reality for the Irish in the season ahead?

Following a shaky home ice performance last season and last week’s 4-3 exhibition loss to USNTDP, the Irish took on the Long Island University Sharks Saturday night and locked in a 5-2 win at Compton Family Ice Arena.

First Period

The Irish wasted no time setting the tone and chalked up a goal from Nick Leivermann just under one minute into the first period of play. As the period drew to a close, Landon Slaggert snagged another Irish goal with an assist from his brother, Graham. LIU’s Billy Jerry responded a little over half a minute later with a goal to end the period 2-1, Irish. The Irish ended the period with 8 shots and the Sharks finished it with 6.

Second Period

Notre Dame’s Cam Burke scored to get it going about five and a half minutes into the second and made it 3-1, Irish. It wasn’t until about 9 minutes into the second period that fans saw the Irish capitalize on the power play; Notre Dame’s Hunter Strand found the back of the net following LIU’s Carson Musser’s slashing penalty. Solag Bakich scored less than three minutes later to top off the period 5-1, Irish. The Irish offense upped the aggression in this period and outshot the Sharks 14-4 in the second.

Third Period

LIU’s Billy Jerry snatched a goal for his team, his second of the game, about five minutes into the final period.

While a tangle with less than two minutes into the third sent Notre Dame’s Leivermann off for cross-checking and Justin Janicke for a face masking game misconduct as well as LIU’s Isaiah Fox for a 10-minute major for boarding, the LIU power play was not enough to shift the Sharks’ momentum.

Game Summary

Scoring

Notre Dame: Nick Leivermann at 00:54 in the 1st with assists from Trevor Janicke and Solag Bakich

Notre Dame: Landon Slaggert at 18:26 in the 1st with an assist from Graham Slaggert

LIU: Billy Jerry at 19:01.2 in the 1st with assists from Max Balinson and Jake Stevens

Notre Dame: Cam Burke at 05:28 in the 2nd with assists from Ryder Rolston and Jake Boltmann

Notre Dame: Hunter Strand at 08:34 in the 2nd with assists from Jack Adams and Spencer Stastney

Notre Dame: Solag Bakich at 11:03 in the 2nd with an assist from Trevor Janicke

LIU: Billy Jerry at 04:52 in the 3rd with an assist from Jack Quinn

Penalties

LIU: Nolan Welsh for hooking at 03:13 in the 1st

LIU: Jordan Timmons for interference art 09:58 in the 1st

Notre Dame: Justin Janicke for tripping at 13:41 in the 1st

Notre Dame: TEAM for too many men on the ice at 01:55 in the 2nd

LIU: Gustav Müller for tripping at 02:43 in the 2nd

LIU: Carson Musser for slashing at 08:06 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Solag Bakich for interference at 04:52 in the 3rd

Notre Dame: Jake Boltmann for holding at 13:10 in the 3rd

Notre Dame: Nick Leivermann for cross-checking at 18:41 in the 3rd

Notre Dame: Justin Janicke for face masking at 18:41 in the 3rd, game misconduct

LIU: Isaiah Fox for boarding at 18:41 in the 3rd

Goalies

Notre Dame: Matthew Galajda, 15 saves

LIU: Vincent Purpura, 25 saves

Moving Forward

The Irish will take on the Michigan Tech Huskies in Houghton, Michigan on Friday, October 15 at 7 p.m. Listen to the game live on Audacy.

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