SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish came out with a vengeance against the Northern Michigan University hockey Wildcats in their Central Collegiate Hockey Association contest on Sunday (Dec. 12), defeating the Wildcats, 5-2. The two teams split on the weekend as Northern Michigan defeated Notre Dame on Saturday (Dec. 11). The Wildcats are now 8-8-3 overall and 7-5-2-0 in the CCHA while the Irish improve to 11-6-2 overall and a 9-4-1-1 conference record.
Notre Dame jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the game as Nick Larson and T.J. Tynan both snuck the puck past NMU goaltender Reid Ellingson. A Wildcat power play goal from Mike Maltese with 1:23 to play in the second period put the ‘Cats on the score board for the first time and put them right back in the game. CJ Ludwig and Greger Hanson assisted on the goal. Wildcat Nick Kosinski then went on to score a goal from Andrew Fernandez and Maltese that tied the game 2-2.
With all of the efforts that the Wildcats made, Notre Dame was just too much to handle and were able to score three unanswered goals to earn the 5-2 victory over the ‘Cats. Wildcat goaltender Reid Ellingson ended the game with 38 saves on 43 shots while Notre Dame backstop Mike Johnson went the distance for the Irish and had 15 saves on 17 shots.
The Wildcats tallied five penalties for 21 minutes while Notre Dame had five penalties for 10 minutes. NMU was one for four on the power play while Notre Dame was one for three.
The ‘Cats have one last game before they break for the winter holiday. The ‘Cats will host Michigan Tech at 7:35 p.m., Friday (Dec. 17), at the Berry Events Center. Fans are asked to bring Teddy Bears or other stuffed animals to throw out onto the ice during the first intermission to be donated to charity.