Notre Dame vs. RPI hockey capsule

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WHO: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (4-7) vs. Notre Dame (8-4-1).

WHERE: Lefty Smith Ice Rink (5,022) at Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

TV/STREAMING: NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and NBC Sports App Friday; SportsNet New York (SNY) and NBC Sports App Saturday.

RADIO: WZOC-FM (94.3).

RANKINGS: Notre Dame is No. 8 in both USCHO.com (media) and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (coaches) polls.

SERIES: Notre Dame leads series 6-4, having won six of last seven including 4-1 and 1-0 (OT) on Nov. 16-17 last season, the sixth and seventh victories in last season’s school-record, 16-game winning streak.

Recaps: Irish came off nine-day break Tuesday night and beat visiting Northern Michigan 2-1 at 1:06 in overtime on junior right wing Cal Burke’s power-play goal. … Irish have now won four straight games (6-2 at Michigan; 3-1 and 2-1 at Michigan State; 2-1 vs. Northern Michigan). … RPI (also known as Rensselaer) has not played since home-and-home, non-conference series with Massachusetts-Lowell, winning at Lowell 2-1 Nov. 23 and losing at home 5-2 Nov. 25.

SHAVINGS: Burke leads with eight goals and 15 points, one more than senior defenseman Bobby Nardella. … Junior goalie Cale Morris, an All-American last season, lowered his goals-against average to 1.90 and improved his saves percentage to .935 and is 6-4-1 with win over Northern. … Morris will likely split weekend duties with sophomore Dylan St. Cyr, who is 2-0 in his two starts with a 1.50 average and .940 saves percentage. … Irish rank fifth in scoring defense (1.92) and junior defenseman/captain Andrew Peeke has 31 blocked shots (seventh nationally). … RPI is member of ECAC Hockey and has national titles in 1954 and 1985. … Junior forward Jacob Hayhurst leads Engineers in scoring (2-11-13) with junior defender Will Reilly and freshman forward OttovilleLeppänen each at 2-4-6. … The goaltending has been shared by sophomore Linden Marshall (3.65 average, .895 percentage) and freshman Owen Savory (2.38 average, .922 percentage).

QUOTING JACKSON: (About RPI) “They’ve had a pretty good first half. Dave Smith is a good coach and he’s trying to build that program back up. They’ve made some strides this year. They just knocked off UMass Lowell at UMass Lowell, and they’ve had some other big wins. They swept (No. 11) Union, which is one of the top teams in the country (home-and-home victories Oct. 26-27).”