Notre Dame hockey team rallies past Minnesota

Lewis Bagley
South Bend Tribune

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Fourth-seeded and 12th-ranked Notre Dame rallied from a 2-0, second-period deficit with three unanswered goals to knock off top-seeded and fifth-ranked Minnesota, 3-2, in the opening round of the NCAA Northeast Regional Saturday.

Junior forward Anders Bjork, one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner at the 8:42 mark of the third period. Junior forward Jake Evans added a pair of assists. Junior goaltender Cal Petersen picked up an assist and collected 31 saves.

The Fighting Irish (22-11-5) advance to the regional final to face Hockey East rival and No. 2 seed UMass-Lowell (26-10-3) at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Andrew Oglevie made it a 2-1 game at 14:39 of the second period when he beat U-M goalie Eric Schierhorn with a wrist shot off the cross bar for his 20th goal of the season. Oglevie's goal, which was scored while skating in on a 2-on-1 chance with Anders Bjork, was assisted by Petersen.

Just 56 seconds later, Bjork finished off a nice passing sequence from Cam Morrison and Jake Evans to tie the game at 2. It marked Bjork's 20th goal of the season.

Skating on the power play after Bo Brauer's speed behind the Minnesota net drew a penalty, Bjork notched his second goal of the game to give the Irish a 3-2 lead at 8:42 of the third. Evans and Gross assisted on the play.

Notre Dame and the River Hawks faced off three times this season. The rivals split a two-game series in Lowell in November (each squad registered 4-1 victories), but UMass-Lowell most recently bounced the Irish from the Hockey East semifinals, 5-1.

Notre Dame will look to advance to the Frozen Four for the third time in school history (2008 and 2011).

• NOTRE DAME 3, MINNESOTA 2

At NCAA regional semifinal, Manchester, N.H.

FIRST PERIOD

M — Connor Reilly (Brent Gates), 2:07

SECOND PERIOD

M — Vinni Lettieri (Taylor Cammarata, Leon Bristedt), :30

ND — Andrew Oglevie (Cal Paterson), 14:39

ND — Anders Bjork (Jake Evans, Cam Morrison), 15:33

THIRD PERIOD

ND — Bjork (Evans, Jordan Gross), 8:42

Shots: Notre Dame 29, Minnesota 33; Saves: (ND) Cal Peterson 31 (M) Eric Schierhorn 26.

Records: Notre Dame 22-11-5, Minnesota 23-12-3.

Notre Dame's Anders Bjork (10) celebrates after scoring a goal against Minnesota during the second period of an NCAA regional men’s college hockey tournament game, Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)