The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hit Madison ice to redeem Friday night’s 4-2 loss to the University of Wisconsin Badgers, and avenge this season’s opening series, but ended the game with a 5-5 tie. While fans saw the Irish structure begin to solidify since showings against Penn State and Ohio State, the Notre Dame penalty kill was the team’s downfall at the end of this series.
Neither the Irish nor the Badgers wasted any time trying to edge past the other’s offense. The Badgers eventually outshot the Irish 24 to 19, but it was Notre Dame’s Trevor Janicke who snatched the first goal of the game just about five minutes into play. About ten minutes later, following a penalty on Notre Dame’s Solag Bakich, Wisconsin’s Ty Pelton-Byce found the back of the net on the power-play to bring it to a 1-1 tie.
Following about half a period of tug-of-war, it was Wisconsin that set the tone for the remainder of the second. Badger Roman Ahcan claimed the lead for Wisconsin with a goal about 13 minutes in and Cole Caulfield responded with another for the home team about six minutes later to bring it to 3-1 Wisconsin.
The Irish response came in the form of a goal from Alex Steeves about 7 minutes into the 3rd and another from Colin Theisen barely even a minute later to move things to a 3-3 tie and set off a good amount of back and forth. Linus Weissbach nabbed the fourth goal for the Badgers as the period passed its halfway point. About two and a half minutes later, Alex Steeves scored his second goal of the night. Solag Bakich got in on the action for another Irish goal barely even half a minute after that. It was Wisconsin’s Ty Pelton-Byce who capped the game off with a goal to bring it to 5-5 and move the game into overtime.
After five minutes of overtime, the game ended with a 5-5 tie, but Notre Dame’s Max Ellis chalked up the two conference points with a goal in the shootout.
Notre Dame: Trevor Janicke at 04:38 in the 1st with assists from Jesse Lansdell and Colin Theisen
Wisconsin: Ty Pelton-Byce at 14:55 in the 1st with assists from Roman Ahcan and Dylan Holloway
Wisconsin: Roman Ahcan at 13:26 in the 2nd with assists from Dylan Holloway and Ty Emberson
Wisconsin: Cole Caulfield at 19:39 in the 2nd with assists from Ty Pelton-Byce and Tyler Inamoto
Notre Dame: Alex Steeves at 07:18 in the 3rd with assists from Nick Leivermann and Landon Slaggert
Notre Dame: Colin Theisen at 08:17 in the 3rd with an assist from Max Ellis
Wisconsin: Linus Weissbach at 11:11 in the 3rd with assists from Cole Caulfield and Ty Pelton-Byce
Notre Dame: Alex Steeves at 13:42 in the 3rd with assists from Graham Slaggert and Landon Slaggert
Notre Dame: Solag Bakich at 14:18 in the 2rd with assists from Max Ellis and Jake Pivonka
Wisconsin: Ty-Pelton Byce at 19:33 in the 3rd with an assist from Dylan Holloway
Notre Dame: Solag Bakich at 14:16 in the 1st for slashing
Notre Dame: Jesse Lansdell at 14:55 in the 1st for roughing
Notre Dame: Charlie Raith at 11:19 in the 2nd for interference
Wisconsin: Tyler Inamoto at 07:11 in the 3rd for interference
Notre Dame: Dylan St. Cyr, 39 saves
Wisconsin: Cameron Rowe, 31 saves
The Irish are set to take on the Michigan State Spartans on Friday, February 26 in East Lansing. Time and broadcast channels are TBA.
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