NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Friday night at the Joyce Center on the campus of Notre Dame there was a hockey game played between the Fighting Irish and the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. Notre Dame jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to two power-play goals before the ‘Cats came back to tie the score at four-all before the home team rattled off five goals to take the game 9-5.
NMU is now 11-14-4 overall on the season and 8-11-4-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Notre Dame improves to 22-5-3 and 16-4-3-3 respectively.
The Fighting Irish wasted little time in getting on the board. Notre Dame scored its first three goals in under 12 minutes of the first period. Garrett Regan gave the Fighting Irish the first score of the game at 1:21 with the power-play goal, next was Erik Condra’s goal at 10:05 and then Condra struck again with a power-play marker at 11:56 for the 3-0 lead. Ray Kaunisto put the ‘Cats on the board at 14:17 with his sixth goal of the season. Gregor Hanson assisted on the goal. Just before the end of the first period, Phil Fox made the score 3-2 with his eighth goal of the season at 19:46. Tim Hartung and Hanson assisted.
At the 1:22 mark of the second period Notre Dame went up 4-2 on a goal by Ben Ryan. Fox put NMU to within one at 4-3 with his ninth goal, on the power play, of the season at 4:41. Mark Olver and Hanson assisted. Justin Florek tied the game at four-all less than a minute later with his sixth goal of the season at 5:24. Andrew Cherniwchan assisted. Notre Dame would end the second period leading in the game 5-4 on a goal by Justin White at 9:41.
The third period saw the Fighting Irish score four goals for a 9-4 lead. Scoring for Notre Dame were Ian Cole (00:54), Calle Ridderwall (11:32), Cole (12:42) and White (14:07). All the goals for the Fighting Irish in the period were on the power play. Three came after Mike Maltese was called for a five-minute major. Tyler Gron would add the final tally for the ‘Cats with his first career goal at 16:15. Hartung and Hanson assisted.
Brian Stewart began the game between the pipes for the ‘Cats. He lasted almost 12 minutes before being replaced by Derek Janzen. Stewart had five saves on the night and gave up three goals. Janzen had 19 saves. Jordan Pearce for the Fighting Irish had 17 saves. NMU was 1-4 on the power play while Notre Dame was 6-8. Notre Dame had an 11-shot advantage on the night at 33-22.
The second game of the weekend set will be Saturday night (Feb. 14) with the puck dropping at 7:05 p.m.
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