Notre Dame hockey is Frozen Four bound
MANCHESTER, N.H. — For the third time in school history, Notre Dame's hockey team is headed to the Frozen Four.
A blast from sophomore Andrew Oglevie just outside the crease at 2:44 of the first overtime gave fourth-seeded and 12th-ranked Notre Dame a 3-2 victory over second-seeded and fourth-ranked UMass Lowell in the Northeast Regional Final on Sunday afternoon at the SNHU Center (4,635).
The Irish (23-11-5) advance to the 2017 Frozen Four, which will begin on Thursday, April 6, at the United Center in Chicago.
Notre Dame will face the Midwest Regional winner Denver in the opener
The Irish also reached the Frozen Four in 2008 and 2011.
Freshman forward Cam Morrison scored a pair of goals and junior forward Anders Bjork assisted on all three Notre Dame goals.
Junior goalie Cam Petersen registered 27 saves.
ND was first on the board. Bjork helped create a turnover at the defensive blue line and then fed the puck to a streaking Morrison, who knocked in his own rebound on a breakaway chance to give the Irish a 1-0 lead at 11:49 of the first period.
UMass Lowell was able to tie it up, 1-1, when Ryan Collins scored his first goal of the season — with just 1:02 to play in the first.
The Irish blanked the River Hawks on the three power-play chances they had in the second period.
The River Hawks peppered the Irish with 13 shots over the opening eight minutes of the third period. Eventually7, John Edwardh deflected a shot high past Petersen to give the River Hawks a 2-1 lead at 11:38 of the third.
With its season on the line, Notre Dame responded.
The speed and work of Evans, Morrison and Bjork got the Irish even. Evans skated down a loose puck behind the UMass Lowell net and Bjork slipped it to a hard-charging Morrison, who beat goalie Tyler Wall to tie the game, 2-2, at 14:43 of the third.
Notre Dame did not have to wait long in overtime.
Bjork spotted Oglevie alone in front of the net, and Oglevie did not waste the chance. He buried the shot over Wall's right shoulder to give the Irish the victory.
ND — Cam Morrison (Anders Bjork) 11:49
UML — Ryan Collins (Ryan Lohin, Tyler Mueller) 18:58
UML — John Edwardh (Tommy Panico, Mueller) 11:38
ND — Morrison (Bjork, Jake Evans) 14:43
ND — Andrew Oglevie (Bjork) 2:44
Shots: UML 29, ND 28; Saves: ND 27 (Cal Petersen); UML 25 (Tyler Wall)
Records: ND 23-22-5, UML 27-11-3