Michigan’s big second period earns sweep of Notre Dame

John Fineran
Tribune Correspondent

SOUTH BEND — No. 14 Notre Dame’s hockey team dug itself a hole in the second period and Michigan was happy to keep the Irish right there the rest of the way.

The Wolverines outshot the Irish 35-26, including 18-7 in the middle stanza, and defenseman Jack Summers’ goal at 16:33 during the period proved to be the game-winner in a 3-1 victory before a sellout crowd of 4,971 watching at the Lefty Smith Rink in the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Both the Irish (10-9-3, 5-5-2-1 Big Ten) and the Wolverines (9-11-2, 4-7-1-0 Big Ten) return to action next weekend on the road. Notre Dame visits Ohio State with Friday’s game scheduled for 6 p.m. Michigan travels to first-place Penn State with a Friday start of 7 p.m.

“Bad penalty and bad point coverage in the defensive zone,” Irish coach Jeff Jackson said after the Wolverines completed a sweep that began with a 3-0 victory Friday night. “I told them between periods it’s one thing if you get beat by the opponent but another when you beat yourself.”

With Jesse Lansdell in the penalty box for the second time in the period because of an interference call, defenseman Nick Blackenburg got the puck at the point and rifled a shot through a screen that Irish goalie Cale Morris lost sight of to tie the game at 1-1 at 11:28.

Then Summers skated behind the Irish defense and beat Morris at 16:33 for a 2-1 lead. The Wolverines added an empty-net goal with 20 seconds remaining when Jake Slaker’s 140-foot clearing shot went in.

Morris finished with 32 saves, seven more than Michigan goalie Strauss Mann, who had 32 saves in Friday’s victory.

The Irish came out quickly and scored at 1:45 when Graham Slaggert tipped in a shot on net by Pivonka from deep in the faceoff circle to the right of Mann.

The Irish then killed off back-to-back penalties, with Morris making two saves on Michigan’s Slaker on the second penalty kill.

The Irish got a power-play opportunity of their own near the end of the period but didn’t score, and another Michigan penalty with 14 seconds left carried a second power play into the second period.

After killing off the remainder of the Irish power play, the Wolverines got one of their own when Lansdell was sent off for boarding at 5:02. But that was negated at 6:41 when Michigan had too many men on the ice.

Lansdell drew another penalty, this for interference, at 9:43 and this time Michigan tied it with Blankenburg’s quick wrister from the point.

After Notre Dame’s Michael Graham was denied by Mann, Michigan’s Nick Pastujov sped in on a breakaway that Morris denied with his right pad and then smothered the rebound attempt at 14:39.

The Wolverines were having the best of the territorial battle late in the period. Morris stopped Garrett Van Wyhe’s wraparound attempt and then Nolan Moyle’s rebound effort at 16:19.

But 14 seconds later, Summers got behind the Irish defense and beat Morris for a 2-1 lead as Michigan finished with an 18-7 edge in shots in the middle period.

In the third period, Notre Dame charged out and had seven shots to Michigan’s none in the first 10:05.

Jake Pivonka beat Mann but not the pipe to the Michigan goalie’s left at 5:40 of the third period as the Irish tried to mount a comeback. Pivonka was denied again by Mann at 9:20 after the Michigan goalie kicked out Nate Clurman’s shot from the point.

MICHIGAN 3, NOTRE DAME 1

Michigan 0 2 1—3

Notre Dame 1 0 0—1

First Period—Scoring: 1. Notre Dame, Graham Slaggert 3 (Jake Pivonka, Tory Dello) EV 1:45. Penalties: Michigan 2-4; Notre Dame 2-4.

Second Period—Scoring: 2. Michigan, Nick Blankenburg 3 (Cam York) PP 11:28; 3. Michigan, Jack Summers 2 (Will Lockwood, Nick Granowicz) EV 16:33. Penalties (total): Michigan 1-2 (3-6); Notre Dame 2-4 (4-8).

Third Period—Scoring: 4. Michigan, Jake Slaker 6 (Nick Blankenburg, Jacob Hayhurst) EN 19:41. Penalties (total): Michigan 2-4 (5-10); Notre Dame 1-2 (5-10).

Power-play opportunities—Michigan 1 of 4; Notre Dame 0 of 4.

Faceoffs won—Michigan 24 (12-7-5); Notre Dame 32 (10-9-13).

Blocked shots—Michigan 16 (5-6-6); Notre Dame 9 (5-4-0).

Shots on goal—Michigan 35 (10-18-7); Notre Dame 26 (9-7-10).

Goalie saves—Michigan, Strauss Mann 25 (8-7-10); Notre Dame, Cale Morris 32 (10-16-6).

Records—Michigan 9-11-2, 4-7-1-0 Big Ten; Notre Dame 10-9-3, 5-5-2-1 Big Ten.

A—4,971 (4,850).

• Friday’s game:

Michigan 3, Notre Dame 0

Michigan 1 0 2—3

Notre Dame 0 0 0—0

First Period—Scoring: 1. Michigan, Nick Pastujov 5 (Michael Pastujov, Eric Ciccolini) PP 7:04. Penalties: Michigan 1-2; Notre Dame 2-4.

Second Period—Scoring: None. Penalties (total): Michigan 2-4 (3-6); Notre Dame 0-0 (2-4).

Third Period—Scoring: 2. Michigan, Nick Granowicz 1 (Johnny Beecher) EV 1:47; 3. Michigan, Jacob Hayhurst 2 (Garrett Van Wyhe) EN 17:47. Penalties (total): Michigan 0-0 (3-6); Notre Dame 0-0 (2-4).

Power-play opportunities—Michigan 1 of 2; Notre Dame 0 of 3.

Faceoffs won—Michigan 22 (5-14-3); Notre Dame 28 (11-11-6).

Blocked shots—Michigan 13 (2-7-4); Notre Dame 10 (5-3-2).

Shots on goal—Michigan 18 (8-5-5); Notre Dame 32 (10-13-9).

Goalie saves—Michigan, Strauss Mann 32 (10-13-9); Notre Dame, Cale Morris 15 (7-5-3).

Records—Michigan 8-11-2, 3-7-1-0 Big Ten; Notre Dame 10-8-3, 5-4-2-1 Big Ten.

A—4,896 (4,850).

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