The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team opened the second half of their season on Saturday night at home against the Augustana Vikings. The offense powered the win, led by a hat trick from freshman Cole Knuble.
Game Summary: Notre Dame 5 - Augustana 1
Notre Dame dominated the opening 20 minutes, much like most of the game, but the results weren’t completely there at the beginning. The Irish opened the scoring 4 minutes into the game. A loose puck was picked up by Trevor Janicke right in front of goal that just trickled across the goal line for the 1-0 lead. That was the only goal of the opening period though despite Notre Dame putting 15 shots on goal. It could have easily been more, but the Irish wouldn’t regret the missed opportunities.
END 1 | @trev2sev's goal is the lone of the contest so far.— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) December 30, 2023
Irish lead 1-0 with a 15-4 shots on goal edge through the first 20 minutes!
At the end of the game Notre Dame didn’t regret the missed opportunities in the first period, but they almost did when Augustana tied the game only one minute into the second period. The Irish answered later in the period with the first goal from Cole Knuble. The puck was passed around a bit in the offensive zone before making it’s way to Knuble at the left faceoff circle where he ripped one passed the goalie to regain the Irish lead. That lead held 2-1 after two periods.
In the third period, Notre Dame finally took advantage of opportunities and put the game out of reach. Halfway through the period Brennan Ali created a turnover in the offensive zone that led to a 2-on-1 with Patrick Moynihan dishing to Cole Knuble for his second goal of the game.
Less than two minutes later Trevor Janicke extended the Irish lead with his second of the game and then Knuble wrapped the game up with three minutes left with his third goal of the game. It was Knuble’s first multi goal game and, of course, his first career hat trick.
ND: Trevor Janicke (4) at 4:07 in the 1st assisted by Grant Silianoff and Michael Mastrodomenico
AU: Luke Mobley (7) on the PP at 1:06 in the 2nd assisted by Ryan Naumovski and Brett Meerman
ND: Cole Knuble (2) at 14:19 in the 2nd assisted by Paul Fischer and Drew Bavaro
ND: Cole Knuble (3) at 11:29 in the 3rd assisted by Patrick Moynihan and Brennan Ali
ND: Trevor Janicke (5) at 12:50 in the 3rd assisted by Hunter Strand and Justin Janicke
ND: Cole Knuble (4) on the PP at 17:10 in the 3rd assisted by Landon Slaggert and Hunter Strand
ND: Carter Slaggert 2 for tripping at 5:38 in the 1st
AU: Will Svenddal 2 for roughing at 12:19 in the 1st
ND: Ryan Siedem 2 for interference at 19:50 in the 1st
AU: Owen Bohn 2 for cross-checking at 1:53 in the 2nd
AU: Brady Ziemer 2 for slashing at 16:10 in the 3rd
AU: Anthony Stark 2 for interference at 18:34 in the 3rd
ND: Justin Janicke 2 for holding at 18:34 in the 3rd
ND: Ryan Bischel made 19 saves on 20 shots for the win
AU: Kayden Hargraves saved 33 of 38 shots in the loss
Game two between Notre Dame and Augustana just before the New Year. The Irish are looking for the sweep to begin their second half.