Clarkson blanks Irish

Staff reports
ND Insider

Notre Dame fell to Clarkson in the championship game of the 2016 Shillelagh Tournament Saturday as the Golden Knights snared a 2-0 victory over the 11th-ranked Irish at the Compton Family Ice Arena in front of 3,865 fans.

Clarkson's Devin Brosseau scored in the first period, while Sheldon Rempal added a goal in the second to round out scoring for the Golden Knights (8-5-3, 4-1-1 ECAC).

The Irish (7-5-2, 3-2-1 HEA) were shut out for just the second time this season, despite owning a 35-27 advantage on shots.

Clarkson provided the only goal of the first period, as Brosseau gave the Golden Knights the early lead at 6:29 on his fourth goal of the season. Nico Strum chipped in his ninth assist of the season.

The second period saw the Irish kill three straight penalties, including 4:35 off a five-minute major penalty on Jake Evans that came at 7:02 of the period.

Clarkson added another goal, however, after concurring penalties made it 4-on-4 at 13:34 and Rempal netted his fifth goal of the season at 15:22. Troy Josephs assisted on the play, his fifth of the year.

The Golden Knights killed seven penalties on the night, including a 5-on-3 chance for the Irish late in the third period.

Clarkson was 0-for-4 on the power play.

Irish captain Cal Petersen made 25 saves on 27 shots, while Clarkson’s Jake Kielly — who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player — stopped all 35 shots that came his way.

Notre Dame hockey player Cal Petersen. (Photo courtesy of Notre Dame)