Irish Hit Road For Pair Of Games At St. Cloud State
Notre Dame, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame hockey team (1-0-0) embarks on its first roadtrip of the season for a pair of non-conference games at St. Cloud State on Oct. 17 and 18 ... the Irish opened their season with a 5-1 home win over Western Ontario on Oct. 10, thanks to four goals in the final five minutes (three of which were in the final 52 seconds) ... St. Cloud posted an exhibition game victory last week over Regina (4-2) behind goals from Mike Maristuen, Jason Goulet, Peter Torsson and Rob Klesnick ... the Huskies return 18 letterwinners from their 1996-97 team that went 23-13-4 overall and posted a third-place finish in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association ... the Irish and Huskies split a pair of January games last season (recaps later in release), with Notre Dame winning 5-2 before St. Cloud buonced back with a 2-1 win ... the Irish are picked seventh (out of 11 teams) in the preseason Central Collegiate Hockey Association coaches poll.
Back In The Land Of The Lakes: Seven Notre Dame players will be back in their home state of Minnesota this week: junior right wing Brian Urick (Minnetonka), junior center Craig Hagkull (Arden Hills), sophomore right wing Joe Dusbabek (Faribault), sophomore right wing Troy Bagne (Moorhead), freshman left wing Dan Carlson (Edina), freshman left wing Jay Kopischke (Alexandria, Minn.) and freshman goaltender Kyle Kolquist (Duluth) ... Urick was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 1996 while Dusbabek and Kopischke were drafted in the 1997 June draft ... Urick and Dusbabek shared for the Notre Dame scoring lead in 1996-97 (each with 13 goals and 12 assists), with Dusbabek finishing as runner-up for the CCHA rookie of the year award ... Carlson was a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Hockey award as a senior, when he scored the winning goal for Edina High Schiik against Kolquist and Duluth East in the state championship game .... Kolquist received the Minnesota "Mr. Zero" award, which recognizes the state's top netminder ... Notre Dame assistant coach Tom Carroll, now in his 13th season with the Irish, is a native of Edina and led Edina East to the state championships his junior and senior season ... the 1997-98 irish roster includes two other Minnesota natives: junior center Neal Johnson (Edina) and freshman right wing Ryan Dolder (Hutchinson).
Irish Open With 5-1 Win Over Western Ontario: The Notre Dame hockey team scored just once on its first 48 shots before erupting for four goals on its final seven attempts--including three in the final minute--to post an emotional 5-1 win over visiting Western Ontario in the season opener for the Irish ... senior center Lyle Andrusiak netted the game-winner with 5:18 remaining in the third period before an empty-netter from junior right wing Brian Urick with 58 seconds to play ignited a flurry of three Irish goals in a span of 44 seconds ... a five-minute major slashing penalty on UWO's Tim Swartz led to a power-play goal for freshman left wing Matt Van Arkel with 25 seconds to play and rookie defenseman Mark Eaton added a man-up goal of his own just 11 seconds later to cap a somewhat deceiving four-goal margin that nonetheless was befitting of Notre Dame's 55-15 shot advantage ... Notre Dame's 55 shots are in most in the last 72 games, stretching back to a forgettable 61-shot game against Guelph in the 1995-96 season opener, a game won by the Griffins 2-1 in overtime (Guelph had just 21 shots) ... Western Ontario (1-2-1)--which played to a 1-1 tie at Western Michigan the night before behind C.J. Denomme's 43 saves--received another stellar effort from its goaltender, as sophomore Mike Hall stopped Notre Dame's first 21 shots of the game and 48 of the first 49 en route to a 50-save night ... Notre Dame's 18 starting skaters included six freshmen, six sophomores, four juniors and two seniors ... the Irish were first to find the net, on their 22nd shot of the game at 7:33 of the second period, when junior left wing Aniket Dhadphale put back a rebounded shot by senior center Steve Noble, with sophomore right wing Joe Dusbabek feeding Noble at the top of the crease with a pass from behind the net ... the game-winning goal came with the third-period clock ticking under five minutes ... Andrusiak won a left-circle faceoff in the UWO end, with Van Arkel gathering in the puck near the blueline and sending it into the left corner ... sophomore right wing Troy Bagne, who totaled just six points as a freshman, then dug the puck out of the corner and fired a pass into the crease ... Andrusiak was waiting near the left post and one-timed a shot into the lower right corner (14:42).
Notre Dame Coach Dave Poulin On The Uwo Game: "I am very, very pleased with the way we played tonight. We attacked. We were aggressive all over the ice. There was nothing but postives tonight. The goals at the end were rewarding and significant because those are the goals that we didn't get last year. ... Lyle Andrusiak was key tonight, not only for scoring the game-winning goal, but he also won a couple of important face-offs down in our end when we were up 2-1. Matt Van Arkel also played well tonight. He set up the game-winning goal, and then scored at the end. Basically everyone was a standout. Usually, a coach will shorten the bench throughout the game, but tonight there was no need to because everyone played well and they all demanded time on the ice. ... Compared to last year, our team was deeper, stronger and they were better overall. ... We need to work on the little things such as puck protection and offensive focus."
I'll Be Back: Notre Dame returns 19 letterwinners, including its top five scorers and top-two goaltenders, from its 1996-97 team that went 9-25-1 after dropping 12 games by one goal ... the returnees accounted for 77 percent of Notre Dame's goals and 80 percent of the team's assists in 1996-97, with seven of the top eight scorers set to return in 1997-98.
Bigger, Faster, Stronger, Deeper: The Irish hockey program could receive a boost from its freshman class, a group which includes four players who are 6-2 or taller and three who tip the scales at 195 pounds or heavier ... incoming forwards Dan Carlson, Chad Chipchase, Jay Kopischke and Matt Van Arkel should help increase the team speed while the 5-10, 190-pound Carlson also is noted for his explosiveness and strength, as evidenced by his team-best 305-pound bench press in Notre Dame's 1997 fall conditioning ... first-year goaltender Kyle Kolquist--the 1996-97 Minnesota high school goalie of the year--could provide the Irish with its deepest netminding talent in recent memory.
Young Guns: The 1996-97 Notre Dame hockey team was second-youngest in Division I, with an average age of 19 years and 11 months on Nov. 1, 1996 ... the Irish remain young in '97-'98, with an average age of 20 years and eight months as of 11/1/97 ... more than half (15) the players on the primary 28-man roster began their careers with the Irish immediately following graduation from high school, with seven joining the program after one year of junior hockey and only six spending two years in junior hockey before joining the Irish ... the youngest members of the '97-'98 Irish squad are: Dan Carlson (18 years, 6 months as of Nov. 1, 1997), Chad Chipchase (18, 7), Jay Kopischke (19, 2), Matt Van Arkel (19, 3), Ben Simon (19, 4) and Joe Dusbabek (19, 5) ... Carlson and Chipchase are among the 21 youngest players in the CCHA for 1997-98 while Simon was the league's third-youngest player in 1996-97 ... the '97-'98 Irish roster includes just six players who will be 22 years or older on Nov. 1, 1997 ... 10 Irish players will be 18 or 19 years old on Nov. 1, 1997.
From All Corners: The 1997-98 Notre Dame hockey team features players from nine states and four provinces, including two players--Nathan Borega (Wasilla, Alaska) and Tyson Fraser (Surrey, B.C.)--who made the journey to Notre Dame from the west coast ... the program's nine Minnesota natives will have two chances to travel to their home state during the 1997-98 season, when Notre Dame plays at St. Cloud State and at the Minnesota Mariucci Classic.
Feeling A Draft: Notre Dame and Boston College both had four players selected in the 1997 NHL draft, most by any school in Division I ... the drafted players were: sophomore C Ben Simon (5th round, Chicago Blackhawks), sophomore RW Joe Dusbabek (7th rd, San Jose Sharks), freshman LW Jay Kopischke (8th rd, L.A. Kings) and freshman D Ryan Clark (9th rd, N.Y. Islanders) ... four Irish players have been selected in the first nine rounds of the same NHL draft once previously, in 1975 ... the 1997-98 Notre Dame squad includes seven former NHL draft picks, with the others being senior C Steve Noble (8th round, 1994, St. Louis Blues), junior RW Brian Urick (5th round, 1996, Edmonton Oilers) and junior LWt wing Aniket Dhadphale (10th round, 1994, San Jose Sharks) ... just one other team in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association--Michigan (9)--has more than four former NHL draft picks on its current squad.