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Notre Dame Hockey Loses Close Game to Wisconsin

The Irish fought after going down but couldn’t make their way back

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team and the Wisconsin Badgers opened their series Friday with a close fought game. Ryan Bischel kept things tied early before Wisconsin scored first in the second. Notre Dame tied it late but a third period goal from the Badgers was too much to overcome.

Game Summary: Notre Dame 1 - Wisconsin 2

First Period

There was no score through the first period but plenty of action from both teams. Shots were tight, with Wisconsin leading 11-10 and some big saves from Ryan Bischel kept the game scoreless. Each team had a power play chance that they couldn’t convert and 20 minutes went by without a goal.

Second Period

Halfway through the second period Wisconsin finally broke the deadlock, scoring to take the 1-0 lead. It was a struggle offensively for Notre Dame but late in the second period they managed to tie the game at 1 while shorthanded. Justin Janicke crossed into the offensive zone and laid the puck to Paul Fischer, who carried toward the net before dropping it back again to Janicke. Janicke took a shot that was saved but rebounded directly to Hunter Strand next to a wide empty goal who put it in for the tying goal.

Third Period

The third period followed much of the same script as the first period, until Wisconsin broke the deadlock 8 minutes into the period. Two minutes after the Wisconsin goal Notre Dame got a 5 minute power play but couldn’t convert for a goal. A late flurry at the end also came for the Irish but they couldn’t find the tying goal and the game finished 2-1 Badgers.

Scoring

WIS: Owen Lindmark (8) at 12:40 in the 2nd assisted by Joe Palodichuk and William Whitelaw

ND: Hunter Strand (3) short handed at 19:25 in the 2nd assisted by Justin Janicke and Paul Fischer

WIS: Charlie Stramel (3) on the PP at 8:02 in the 3rd assisted by Owen Lindmark and Tyson Dyck

Penalties

ND: Bench 2 for too many players at 4:01 in the 1st

WIS: Jack Horbach 2 for indirect contact to the head at 17:28 in the 1st

WIS: Jack Horbach 2 for slashing at 7:20 in the 2nd

ND: Drew Bavaro 2 for cross checking at 17:25 in the 2nd

ND: Jayden Davis 2 for hooking at 20:00 in the 2nd

ND: Michael Mastrodomenico 2 for hitting from behind at 7:40 in the 3rd

WIS: Joe Palodichuk 5 for cross checking at 10:06 in the 3rd

WIS: Joe Palodichuk 10 for game misconduct at 10:06 in the 3rd

ND: Bench 2 for too many players at 15:16 in the 3rd

Goalies

ND: Ryan Bischel saved 27 of 29 shots in the loss

WIS: Kyle McClellan saved 33 of 34 shots for the win

Up Next

Game two between Notre Dame and Wisconsin on Saturday night. The Irish will be looking to salvage a split at home.