The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team and the Michigan Wolverines faced off for the first time this season on Friday night. In game one it was the Irish who dominated the matchup, especially late, earning a 6-1 win. The win for Notre Dame was number 400 for Jeff Jackson as head coach of the Fighting Irish.
Game Summary: Notre Dame 6 - Michigan 1
Notre Dame got the scoring started in the first period with Landon Slaggert, who else? Ryan Siedem played a long outlet pass from the defensive zone off the boards and into the offensive zone where Slaggert used his speed to get around a defender and grab the puck. From there Slaggert put the puck from his backhand to forehand and shows patience to get around Jake Barczewski and put the puck into the net.
Michigan tied the game at 1 halfway through the period with a 5-on-3 advantage but Notre Dame came back just a few minutes later to restore the one goal lead. Michael Mastrodomenico had one shot blocked before grabbing the puck back and putting a shot on net. That one was saved but Justin Janicke was right in front to take advantage of a rebound and stuff the puck home.
After the first 20 minutes Notre Dame too control of the game and never let go, scoring withing the first minute of the second period. Paul Fischer won a puck battle behind the net and passed it back in front. The puck bounced around a bit in front of the net before Patrick Moynihan was able to bat it in for the two goal lead.
Late in the period, with Notre Dame killing off the very end of a penalty Landon Slaggert wrestled the puck out of the zone and got it to Danny Nelson who carried it into the offensive zone. As the penalty on Notre Dame expired Nelson threaded a pass to Slaggert who followed behind and into the slot. Once the pass made it through it was an easy tap in goal for Slaggert for his second of the game.
Notre Dame’s offense went back to work in the third period and another breakout pass led to a goal, this time started by Carter Slaggert. Slaggert sent his pass through the neutral zone and found Maddox Fleming who started an odd man rush. Fleming held the puck until the last moment and found Tyler Carpenter with another cross slot pass and tap in goal.
With under a minute left in the game Danny Nelson added a sixth goal with a great individual effort. He carried the puck through the offensive zone and around defenders before finding an opening to fire home a wrist shot for the final goal of the night.
ND: Landon Slaggert (11) at6:56 in the 1st assisted by Ryan Siedem and Zach Plucinski
UM: TJ Hughes (9) 5-on-3 at 10:01 in the 1st assisted by Jacob Truscott and Dylan Duke
ND: Justin Janicke (3) at 13:00 in the 1st assisted by Michael Mastrodomenico and Hunter Strand
ND: Patrick Moynihan (4) at 0:53 in the 2nd assisted by Paul Fischer
ND: Landon Slaggert (12) at 17:59 in the 2nd assisted by Danny Nelson
ND: Tyler Carpenter (4) at 3:26 in the 3rd assisted by Maddox Fleming and Carter Slaggert
ND: Danny Nelson (3) at 19:19 in the 3rd unassisted
ND: Zach Plucinski 2 for hooking at 9:28 in the 1st
ND: Drew Bavaro 2 for cross-checking at 9:48 in the 1st
UM: Phillipe Lapointe 2 for holding at 11:52 in the 2nd
ND: Carter Slaggert 2 for hooking at 15:51 in the 2nd
UM: Dylan Duke 2 for interference at 15:24 in the 3rd
ND: Tyler Carpenter 10 misconduct at 18:25 in the 3rd
UM: Dylan Duke 10 misconduct at 18:25 in the 3rd
ND: Ryan Bischel saved 27 of 28 shots for the win.
UM: Jake Barczewski made 20 saves on 24 shots in 40 minutes of play for the loss.
UM: Noah West allowed 2 goals on 14 shots in 20 minutes of play.
Game two between these two teams on Saturday night as Notre Dame looks for another conference sweep.