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Notre Dame Hockey Loses Season Opener to Denver

The Irish dropped their season opener to the top ranked Pioneers

COLLEGE HOCKEY: OCT 02 US National Under-18 at Notre Dame Photo by Joseph Weiser/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team began their regular season today in game one of the Ice Breaker Tournament, visiting the Denver Pioneers, the top ranked team in the country. Denver jumped out to a first period lead, and it turned out to be a lead that Notre Dame was never able to overcome, despite making it a close game late.

First Period

Notre Dame was on the back foot early in the game, struggling against Denver’s pressure. Despite being outshot 11-3 in the first period the defense and Ryan Bischel managed to keep the scoreboard clean until late. With Denver on the power play, Casey Dornabch managed to find the back of the net on the eighth shot of the man advantage for the Pioneers lead.

Second Period

Denver extended their lead 12 minutes into the second period, again on the power play. Shortly after Notre Dame went on the power play. After winning the faceoff, the puck was passed around the offensive zone before finding Ryder Rolston just beyond the faceoff circle. Rolston let a one timer go that found the goal to bring Notre Dame within one. Denver however added a third goal before the period ended and were up 3-1 after teo.

Third Period

Notre Dame started the third period strong, peppering the Denver net with shots before Chase Blackmun grabbed a rebound and wrapped around the net for the goal, cutting the deficit to one.

Unfortunately, with Notre Dame on the offensive looking for the tying goal, Denver was able to take advantage and add a fourth goal to extend the lead. The Pioneers added a fifth with an Irish empty net to seal the victory.

Game Summary


Denver: Casey Dornbach (1) on the power play at 13:09 in the 1st with assists by Shai Buium and Massimo Rizzo

Denver: Jack Devine (1) on the power play at 12:10 in the 2nd with an assist by Rieger Lorenz

Notre Dame: Ryder Rolston (1) on the power play at 15:58 in the 2nd with assists by Drew Bavaro and Jackson Pierson

Denver: Carter Mazur (1) at 19:20 in the 2nd with assists by Owen Ozar and Justin Lee

Notre Dame: Chase Blackmun (1) at 3:00 in the 3rd with assists by Solag Bakich and Tyler Carpenter

Denver: McKade Webster (1) at 16:21 in the 3rd with assists by Owen Ozar and Connor Caponi

Denver: Casey Dornbach (2) on an empty net at 17:06 in the 3rd with an assist by Carter King


Notre Dame: Ben Brinkman, 2 minutes for tripping at 6:44 in the 1st

Notre Dame: Ryder Rolston, 2 minutes for tripping at 11:37 in the 1st

Denver: McKade Webster, 2 minutes for holding at 14:00 in the 1st

Notre Dame: Jake Blotmann, 2 minutes for high-sticking at 4:01 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Ryan Helliwell, 2 minutes for interference at 10:16 in the 2nd

Denver: Sean Behrens, 2 minutes for elbowing at 15:35 in the 2nd

Denver: Rieger Lorenz, 2 minutes for tripping at 6:34 in the 3rd

Denver: Mike Benning, 2 minutes for holding at 10:41 in the 3rd

Notre Dame: Jake Boltmann, 2 minutes for tripping at 13:46 in the 3rd


Notre Dame: Ryan Bischel made 22 saves on 26 shots in the loss

Denver: Magnus Chrona made 18 saves on 20 shots for the win

Up Next

Notre Dame concludes its Ice Breaker Tournament schedule Saturday with a game against the Air Force Flacons. They will look to even their record before beginning series play next week.