The Notre Dame Fighting Irish notched a 5-0 victory Friday against the Mercyhurst Lakers in a return to a more cohesive, reactive game. This shutout came after Thursday’s series opener in which Notre Dame overpowered the Lakers 4-3 in OT.
Game Summary: Notre Dame 5 - Mercyhurst 0
The Irish and Lakers went through a half a period of back and forth to lead off this series closer; scoring opportunities came in shots in front of the goal from Irish forwards Danny Nelson, Grant Silianoff and Tyler Carpenter. This lasted until Drew Bavaro put Notre Dame on the board on the power play after a hooking call on Mercyhurst’s Tyler Gaulin.
A tripping call on Notre Dame’s Zach Plucinski soon followed, but the Lakers failed to get on the board on the power play. As the period neared its end, Paul Fischer found the back of the net to double the Irish score with his first collegiate goal.
The period brought a power play opportunity for each team, but neither squad capitalized and the game headed into the third 2-0, Irish. The Lakers and Irish nearly matched each other in shots in the second, with Mercyhurst narrowly outshooting Notre Dame 14-12 in the period.
The Irish carried the momentum into the third, and Landon Slaggert notched a third goal for the Irish early on.
An interference penalty on Notre Dame’s Henry Nelson provided the final power play opportunity of the night for the Lakers, but the Irish maintained control. With less than two minutes left in the third, Landon Slaggert chalked up his second goal of the night. The Lakers pulled netminder Simon Bucheler as the clock ran down, and Notre Dame’s Brennan Ali topped things off with the empty netter with just less than 30 seconds to go to end the night 5-0, Irish.
Notre Dame: Drew Bavaro at 10:30 in the 1st with an assist from Maddox Fleming
Notre Dame: Paul Fischer at 03:11 in the 1st with assists from Tyler Carpenter and Carter Slaggert
Notre Dame: Landon Slaggert at 15:03 in the 3rd with assists from Danny Nelson and Ryan Siedem
Notre Dame: Landon Slaggert at 01:28 in the 3rd with assists from Patrick Moynihan and Drew Bavaro
Notre Dame: Brennan Ali at 00:29 in the 3rd with an assist from Paul Fischer
Mercyhurst: Tyler Gaulin for hooking at 11:34 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Zach Plucinski for tripping at 09:59 in the 1st
Mercyhurst: Dustin Geregach for hooking at 08:37 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Carter Slaggert for high sticking at 05:20 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Henry Nelson for interference at 06:09 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Ryan Bischel, 33 saves
Mercyhurst: Simon Bucheler, 32 saves
The Irish will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, November 4 at Pegula Ice Arena.
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