Roundup: Notre Dame Wins 11th Straight; Wisconsin Earns Split
CHN Staff Report
Andrew Oglevie scored 90 seconds into the game, Cal Burke added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds left in the third and Cale Morris stopped all 23 shots he faced to lead Notre Dame to a 2-0 win at Michigan State and a weekend sweep.
The win was Notre Dame's 11th in a row, which marks the longest winning streak under head coach Jeff Jackson and the third-longest winning streak in program history. The Irish (14-3-1, 8-0-0) also remained undefeated in Big Ten play.
By stopping all 23 shots he faced, Morris earned his fourth shutout of the season, all during the 11-game win streak. The previous three were by 1-0 scores.
At the 8:30 mark of the first period, he made a point blank stop on Michigan's State's Austin Kamer to keep the Irish in front 1-0. He also made back-to-back saves from Spartan shots in close with 6:00 left in the third.
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Friday, Minnesota exploded in the second period on the way to a 5-4 win. Saturday, the Gophers kept waiting for that explosion to happen, but it never did, despite 42 shots on net. Instead, Wisconsin got revenge, and the split, with a 3-2 win.
Jack Berry made 40 stops for the win for Wisconsin, starting in place of a struggling Kyle Hayton. Berry replaced Hayton on Friday after the fifth goal. In addition to stopping all 20 Minnesota shots in the third period, Berry stopped a penalty shot by Jack Ramsey in the first period. Ramsey skated to his left and shot high, but Berry snatched it out of the air to preserve the 1-1 tie at the time.
“We knew, with what he did for us last year, what he would give us this year," Wisconsin coach Tony Granato said. "Last year he was a very confident, relaxed, he worked hard. Tonight he was, even when things got crazy tonight in front of our net. That’s his demeanor.”
Junior Seamus Malone knotted the game at 2-2 at 8:46 of the second period, catching a pass from junior Will Johnson before toe-dragging past two defenders and slipping the puck past Schierhorn.
Wisconsin finally broke through to take a lead midway through the last period when senior Jake Linhart showed patience, stickhandling deep in the Gopher zone before centering the puck. The shot redirected off of teammate Trent Frederic’s shin pad and into the net.
Then Berry shut down Minnesota.
"The goaltenders played well, both teams really competed and we had an unbeliveable push in the third," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. "But like a lot of times, we couldn't buy a goal. I thought we played way better tonight than last night, just couldn't score. You look at where the shots came from the in third period, they were all right in front of the goaltender. ... I liked our push, I liked everything about what we did, except the final score."
Granato's sentiments echoed much of Lucia's.
“I think this is what it should have been, a split," Granato said. "Last night’s game we could have walked out of here with a win, tonight they might have been able to walk out with a win. Two great teams that battled like crazy. I think that the energy from both teams tonight was a little bit draining from the emotion and the energy spent last night, but I thought it was a battle.
“The third period was like the third period last year when we were here and won the game. Some blocked shots, big saves. We had five or six great chances ourselves, obviously we were able to capitalize throwing one to the net which was good.
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Sophomore goaltender Peyton Jones earned his first shutout of the season and the third of his career helping Penn State defeat Ohio State, 4-0. PSU earned five points on the weekend, following Friday's shootout win.
The loss ends the Buckeyes’ five-game unbeaten streak.
"We just didn’t have it tonight," OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. "It was one of those nights and like I told these guys, I’ll take full responsibility but for whatever reason we didn’t have the fire. We didn’t have the push back and I think last night was a little tough to take in the end but that should’ve made us want to come out even more to battle, compete and get the win tonight. It seemed that we just never got it out of first gear tonight.”
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The lose-one, win-one situation Bemidji State has been in this season, didn't bear itself out this weekend, though the Beavers did come away with a shootout win Saturday night. After losing Friday to Bowling Green, the Beavers let up an extra attacker goal in the final minute of regulation and had to settle for a tie through 65 minutes.
A pair of junior defensemen each scored their first goals of the season to give Bemidji State a 3-2 lead in the third period — Dillon Eichstadt and Ian Janco. For Janco it was the first of his career.
Bowling Green remains in first place in the WCHA; Minnesota State is three points behind with two games in hand.
"Four out of six points against a really good team — I feel OK about it," BG coach Chris Bergeron said. "We gave up two points that matter by not having a good third period at home. But from the 3,000-foot view, four out of six points is positive."
Bemidji State also allowed the game winner late Friday, with 1:12 remaining on the clock.