Irish fall at Northeastern
BOSTON – The Notre Dame hockey team (10-13-3, 5-4-3 Hockey East) saw its power play click better than it has all season, producing a pair of goals on three attempts, but that success was not enough to overcome Northeastern (10-11-4, 6-7-2 HE) as the Huskies picked up a 4-2 victory over the Irish to complete a weekend sweep at Matthews Arena.
“I thought we played well in the first,” Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson said. “I thought we played OK in the second. In the third, they took over the game. (Mike Szmatula’s) line took over the game.”
Notre Dame showed the initial emotion that the Irish lacked in Friday's loss as Notre Dame peppered the Husky net early and broke through to open the scoring at 10:03. Austin Wuthrich had a shot blocked in front by a Husky defenseman but the puck squirted to Thomas DiPauli who ripped one into the net for a power play goal, giving the Irish a 1-0 lead. Vince Hinostroza picked up his team-leading 18th assist on the sequence.
The Huskies would knot the score at 1-1 shortly before the first intermission and just moments into a power play as Dalen Hedges knocked home his third goal of the series and seventh of the season.
After a scoreless second period, the tide turned in a hurry in Northeastern’s favor once the third period commenced as the Huskies’ Zach Aston-Reese scored goals 10 seconds apart to open a 3-1 lead just 2:16 into the final stanza. The first strike was setup by a long pass through the neutral zone by Garret Cockerill that set Aston-Reese into the ND zone all alone streaking down the left wing for a quick shot past Cal Petersen. Northeastern won the ensuing faceoff, pushed the puck up ice resulting in a medium-length shot by Mike Szmatula. Petersen made the save on Szmatula but Aston-Reese was in the right spot to put the rebound into the net.
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 3 - F
Notre Dame (10-13-3, 5-4-3 HE) 1 0 1 - 2
Northeastern (10-11-4, 6-7-2 HE) 1 0 3 - 4
1st Period: ND: Thomas DiPauli 5 (Austin Wuthrich, Vince Hinostroza), PPG, 10:03. NU: Dalen Hedges 7 (Mike McMurty, Matt Benning), PPG, 18:51.
2nd Period: No scoring.
3rd Period: NU: Zach Aston-Reese 4 (Garret Cockerill) 2:06. NU: Aston-Reese 5 (Mike Szmatula, Matt Benning), 2:16. ND: Anders Bjork 2 (Robbie Russo, Sam Herr), PPG, 15:19. NU: Szmatula 10 (Brandan Collier, Colton Saucerman), 17:08.
Penalties: ND: 6 for 12 minutes. NU: 3 for 6 minutes.
Shots On Goal: ND: 23 (5-9-9). NU: 26 (2-11-13)
Goaltender Saves: ND: Cal Petersen (58:53) 22 (1-11-10). NU: Clay Witt (59:46) 21 (4-9-8).
Power Plays: ND: 2 for 3. NU: 1 for 6.