Irish tie Maine

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Vince Hinostroza assisted on three goals Friday to help Notre Dame pick up a point on the road with a 4-4 tie at Maine’s Alfond Arena in Orono.

The Black Bears and Irish (11-14-4, 6-5-4 Hockey East) played two back-and-forth periods before settling into a scoreless third period and overtime.

It marked his second three-assist game of the year for Hinostroza.

The Irish tied the scoreat 4-4 at 19:01 of the second period. Hinostroza fired a shot that was saved by Maine goaltender Matt Morris, but not controlled. Mario Lucia swooped in to put the rebound into an open net for his 18th goal of the year.

1 2 3 OT- F

Notre Dame 3 1 0 0-4

Maine 2 0 0 0- 4

Scoring

1st Period: UM: Blaine Byron 10 (Connor Leen), 4:02. ND: Anders Bjork 3 (Vince Hinostroza, Luke Ripley), 7:13. ND: Jordan Gross 5 (Andy Ryan, Hinostroza), PPG, 8:04. UM: Will Merchant 3 (Cam Brown, Dan Renouf), PPG, 10:39; ND: Peter Schneider 4 (Justin Wade, Ali Thomas), 13:17.

2nd Period: UM: Brady Campbell 1 (Stu Higgins), 4:04. UM: Devin Shore 10 (Mark Hamilton), 16:06. ND: Mario Lucia 18 (Hinstroza, Bjork), 19:01.

3rd Period: No Scoring.

Overtime: No Scoring.

Penalties: ND: 5 for 10 minutes. UM: 4 for 8 minutes.

Shots On Goal: ND: 24 (8-6-9-1). UM: 39 (11-18-8-2)

Goaltender Saves: ND:  Chad Katunar (39:39) 25 (9-16-0), Cal Petersen (25:00) 10 (0-0-8-2). UM: Sean Romeo (13:17) 4 (4-0-0), Matt Morris (51:43) 16 (1-5-9-1).

Power Plays: ND: 1 for 3. UM: 1 for 4.

Attendance: 4,045

TRACK AND FIELD

Seidel shines in 5,000

Notre Dame junior Molly Seidel continued her strong indoor season with a win in the women’s 5,000-meter run Friday during the first day of competition in the Meyo Invitational at the Loftus Center.

Building off her All-America cross country campaign, Seidel put 14 seconds between her and second-place Megan Curham from Princeton, a fellow All-American, with a time of 16:10.95. That time was good for 11th in the country based on times coming into the day, and was also an indoor personal best.

Seidel is now among the top 16 in three events this season, including the 3,000 (13th, 9:20.62) and the mile (16th, 4:42.76).

SOFTBALL

Irish open with win

Notre Dame used timely hitting and a masterful pitching performance from junior Allie Rhodes to down Utah, 3-1, Friday at Los Angeles in the season opener for the Irish softball team.

The game was part of the SoCal Collegiate Classic at Easton Stadium. ND head coach Deanna Gumpf, in her 114th season, claimed her 550th career victory. Rhodes (1-0) won in her second consecutive opening day outing, allowing one run on four hits, walking two and striking out seven.

Seniors Jenna Simon, Emilee Koerner and Cassidy Whidden each drove in a run, with Koerner’s fifth-inning RBI double providing the winning run. Whidden homered for the Irish.

• NOTRE DAME 3, UTAH 1

At Los Angeles

Utah 000 000 1 — 1 4 1

Notre Dame 001 011 X — 3 7 0

Allie Rhodes (W, 1-0); Katie Donovan (L, 0-1).

2B: (U) Katie Dickman, Bridget Castro, Marissa Mendenhall; (ND) Emilee Koerner.

HR: (ND) Cassidy Whitten.

FOOTBALL

NFL hands out fines

Fined for the Seahawks were defensive end Bruce Irvin and defensive tackle Michael Bennett. Irvin was fined $10,000 and Bennett $8,268 (the latter is the minimum for that offense). Each was fined for unnecessarily striking an opponent.

Fined for the Patriots were tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui, each fined $8,268. Gronkowski was also deemed to have unnecessarily struck an opponent and Hoomanawanui was judged to have unnecessarily ripped an opponent’s helmet off.

GOLF

Stars fall in PGA event

Tiger Woods is gone from Torrey Pines, and Phil Mickelson joined him Friday by missing the cut.

In a tournament in San Diego that quickly lost a big chunk of its star power, Harris English played another bogey-free round for a 6-under 66 on the North Course to build a two-shot lead Friday in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Mickelson, who worked hard to get into shape in the offseason and was as optimistic as ever, was done in by his short game. The best he could managed was a 72 on the North Course, and he missed the cut by two shots. It was the first time since 2002 that Mickelson missed the cut in back-to-back weeks on the PGA Tour.

Woods withdrew after 11 holes Thursday, citing tightness in his lower back. For the first time, Woods and Mickelson failed to make the cut in the same tournament in consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour.

Wind drives up scores

Brittany Lincicome and Sun Young Yoo topped the leaderboard in the wind-swept Bahamas LPGA Classic when second-round play was suspended because of darkness.

In wind gusting to 35-40 mph, Yoo completed a first-round 70 and shot 69 in the second to match Lincicome at 7 under on Atlantis Resort’s Ocean Club course.

Lincicome was 2 under in the second round with 13 holes left. She shot a 68 on Thursday.

After rain delayed play Thursday, only half of the players were able to finish the second round Friday. In May 2013, the inaugural event was reduced to three 12-hole rounds because of flooding.

Second-ranked Inbee Park, Dori Carter, Jenny Shin, Kelly Shon were 6 under. Shin and Shon shot 71, Carter had a 72, and Park was 1 under for the round with 13 holes left.

Lydia Ko, playing her first event since taking the No. 1 spot in the world ranking, was 3 under after rounds of 72 and 71. The 17-year-old New Zealander tied for second last week in the season-opening event in Florida, to break Tiger Woods’ record as the youngest player to reach No. 1.

Crowded leaderboard

Tom Pernice Jr. closed with a double bogey for a 6-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead in the Allianz Championship with Paul Goydos and Bart Bryant in Boca Raton, Fla.

Pernice, second behind Rocco Mediate two years ago at Broken Sound, hooked his drive into the water on the difficult par-4 ninth. After a drop, he hit a 3-wood short of the green and missed a 9-foot putt.

Bernhard Langer was a stroke back along with Fred Funk and Tom Byrum. Langer, the reigning player of the year, won the 2010 event and has three other top-three finishes at Broken Sound in the last six years.

Defending champion Michael Allen had a 70, 10 shots higher than his opening round last year.

Nolan Henke had a 77 in his Champions Tour debut. The three-time PGA Tour winner turned 50 in November.

SWIMMING

Phelps plans return

Michael Phelps plans to return from his six-month suspension in April at the Arena Pro Swim Series event in Mesa, Ariz.

The record-setting Olympian’s longtime coach, Bob Bowman, confirmed the plan Friday after reports emerged from Germany, where Phelps was making an appearance.

Phelps came out of retirement at the same event last year, finishing second in the 100-meter butterfly before a festive sellout crowd. This year’s Mesa event is scheduled for April 15-18.

USA Swimming suspended Phelps for six months after his arrest for drunk driving in late September. He was also dropped from the U.S. team for FINA World Championships in August.

Phelps avoided jail time for the offense, his second drunk driving charge in 10 years, but he was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation after he pleaded guilty in Baltimore District Court in December. Phelps spent 45 days at an in-patient facility in Arizona receiving treatment for alcohol abuse.

Phelps hasn’t competed since late August, when he won three gold medals at Pan-Pacific Championships in Australia. But fellow elite swimmers expect him to come back faster than he was in 2014, said former Olympic gold medalist Mel Stewart, who covers the sport for his website SwimSwam.com.