Notre Dame hockey in Ice Breaker Tournament

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Who: Notre Dame (0-0-0), Mercyhurst (0-1-0), Miami (Ohio) (2-0-0) and Providence (1-0-0) in Ice Breaker Tournament.

Where: Erie (Pa.) Insurance Arena (6,716 capacity).

Friday: Miami (Ohio) vs. Providence, 4 p.m.; Notre Dame vs. Mercyhurst, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Consolation, 4 p.m.; Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Radio: WZOC-FM (94.3).

Recap: Jeff Jackson’s 14th Irish squad got a goal 1:12 into the exhibition game by sophomore left wing Colin Theisen but lost to the USA Hockey National Under-18s Team, 4-1, Sunday on the Lefty Smith Rink at the Compton Family Arena. … Irish used seven freshmen, three on defense. … Junior All-America goalie Cale Morris allowed one goal but made 10 saves before being replaced after 31:07 by sophomore Dylan St. Cyr, who gave up three goals and made 15 saves.

Quoting Jackson: “This is a different team from a year ago and we have to take a different approach. We’ve got a lot of young guys, especially on the back end. We’re still trying to get a feel for who might have chemistry (with others).”

Ice shavings: The Irish, who lost the NCAA championship game to Minnesota Duluth 2-1 last April, actually moved to No. 2 this week in the media poll behind Big Ten rival Ohio State as preseason favorite Duluth went 0-1-1 against Minnesota and fell to No. 3 ahead of Providence. … During Jackson’s third season in South Bend, Notre Dame and Mercyhurst met Oct. 13, 2007 in the consolation of the Lefty McFadden Invitational in Dayton, Ohio, and Irish prevailed 4-0 to improve to 4-0 in the series. … Lakers won the regular-season Atlantic Hockey League title, finished 21-12-4 and opened last week with an 8-2 home loss to Bowling Green. … Miami’s RedHawks, former CCHA rivals of Notre Dame, opened their season with a 5-1, 4-0 sweep of Alabama Huntsville. … The Friars, who fell to the Irish, their old Hockey East rivals, 2-1 on Dylan Malmquist’s goal with 27 seconds remaining in regulation at the NCAA East Regional championship, opened Saturday with 3-1 victory over American International.

Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson directs his players during practice for the Frozen Four in April.