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Galajda saves 28 as the Irish say “Hail, no” to Michigan’s win streak

COLLEGE HOCKEY: FEB 25 Michigan at Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Notre Dame forward Jesse Lansdell (14) celebrates his goal in the second period of play during a mens college hockey game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on February 25, 2022 at Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, IN.
Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In the final series for both teams prior to next week’s start of the Big Ten Tournament, the no. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish took the home ice to take on the no. 2 Michigan Wolverines. It’s no secret that the Wolverines are one of the premier teams in college hockey this season, cruising to a .773 win percentage while playing a loaded Big Ten schedule. However, their one blemish this season has been their opponent this weekend, as the Irish are the only team they’ve played that they’ve yet to defeat.

First Period

In order to maintain their win streak against the Wolverines, the Irish would have to limit the scoring chances of the third highest scoring offense in the nation. Early in the first, however, Mackie Samoskevich found captain Nick Blankenburg to give Michigan the early lead. Not to be outdone, it was Notre Dame’s captain, Graham Slaggert who buried home a rebound to tie the game at one after a period of play.

Second Period

During intermission, the officials reviewed contact to the head made by Johnny Beecher near the end of the opening period. It was announced that Beecher, a 2019 first round pick of the Boston Bruins, was given a game misconduct and a five-minute penalty. This allowed the Irish to open the period with the man advantage, when Jesse Landsdell capitalized off a miscue by Michigan goaltender Erik Portillo to give the Irish the lead. Later in the period, Jack Adams put home a rebound of his own to make it 3-1 after two.

Third Period

Just as they did in their previous win against the Wolverines, the Irish defense and goaltending stepped up when they needed to. In the third, Solag Bakich and Landon Slaggert were both called for penalties but Michigan was unable to narrow Notre Dame’s lead. In the final minute, the Wolverines were called for an infraction on an empty net, giving the Irish a goal and sealing a 4-1 victory.

Game Summary

Scoring

Michigan: Nick Blankenburg at 02:24 in the 1st, assisted by Mackie Samoskevich and Johnny Beecher

Notre Dame: Graham Slaggert at 08:45 in the 1st, assisted by Trevor Janicke and Nick Leivermann

Notre Dame: Jesse Landsdell (PPG) at 03:03 in the 2nd, assisted by Trevor Janicke and Cam Burke

Notre Dame: Jack Adams at 14:56 in the 2nd, assisted by Nick Leivermann and Chase Blackmun

Penalties

Michigan: Johnny Beecher, game misconduct for contact to the head at 00:00 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Spencer Stastney for interference at 16:19 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Graham Slaggert for tripping at 19:11 in the 2nd

Michigan: Keaton Pehrson for tripping at 03:46 in the 3rd

Notre Dame: Solag Bakich for interference at 06:44 in the 3rd

Notre Dame: Landon Slaggert for hooking at 17:35 in the 3rd

Notre Dame: Max Ellis for hooking at 18:52 in the 3rd

Michigan: Matty Beniers for embellishment at 18:52 in the 3rd

Michigan: Brendan Brisson for tripping at 19:23 in the 3rd

Goalies

Notre Dame: Matthew Galajda, 28 saves

Michigan: Erik Portillo, 24 saves

Up Next

The Irish will conclude their series with Michigan on Saturday, February 26, at 6:00 PM ET. The game can be streamed on Peacock.

COLLEGE HOCKEY: FEB 25 Michigan at Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Notre Dame forward Jack Adams (22) celebrates his goal in the second period of play during a mens college hockey game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on February 25, 2022 at Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, IN.
Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images