Irish sweep Nittany Lions

John Fineran Tribune Correspondent
ND Insider

SOUTH BEND – As the puck slid down the ice one last time into the Penn State zone Saturday night, the picture in the Notre Dame zone was very poignant.

Defenseman Dennis Gilbert skated over and wrapped his left arm around sophomore goalie Cale Morris and then tapped him on his helmet mask to celebrate No. 6 Notre Dame’s fifth straight win, all by Morris, whose first career shutout, 1-0, gave Notre Dame a weekend sweep of Big Ten rival Penn State.

Morris, who had 40 saves, including 18 in the second period of Notre Dame’s 5-3 victory Friday night, turned aside 33 shots for Notre Dame, which remained atop of the Big Ten standings at 4-0-0.

“Cale has been very good,” Irish coach Jeff Jackson understated. “The thing I like is his ability to close out games and his rebound control has been very solid.”

For the second straight night, senior right wing Bo Brauer opened the scoring for Notre Dame. Only this time, no one followed him.

“Bo’s another guy who has paid his dues,” Jackson added.

Penn State fell to 5-7-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the league despite 26 saves by goalie Peyton Jones.

The Irish (8-3-1 overall) take their last break from the Big Ten this season when they travel to upstate New York next weekend to play RPI Friday and Saturday evenings at 7. Notre Dame returns Thanksgiving Friday and Saturday evenings to play host to Minnesota, coached by former Irish defenseman Don Lucia.

Friday’s game

Dawson Cook broke a 3-3 tie at 11:41 of the third period and Jack Jenkins scored in an empty net at 19:41 to secure the 5-3 victory Friday night.

Andrew Oglevie had a goal and an assist in his first start since coming off the injured list to match defenseman Bobby Nardella and Cook, who assisted on Brauer’s first-period goal.

Senior captain Jake Evans, who entered the weekend leading the nation in assists, scoring and faceoffs won, added his nation-leading 15th assist in the Friday game (for his 19th point) and won 20 faceoffs.