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Notre Dame Hockey Opens Second Half with 5-1 Win Over Augustana

The Irish offense was powered by a Cole Knuble hat trick

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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

First Period

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.

Second Period

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.

Third Period

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.

Scoring

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

Penalties

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

Goalies

ND: Ryan Bischel made 19 saves on 20 shots for the win

AU: Kayden Hargraves saved 33 of 38 shots in the loss

Up Next

Game two between Notre Dame and Augustana just before the New Year. The Irish are looking for the sweep to begin their second half.