October 11, 1996
Irish Hockey Opens With Comeback Victory Over Western Ontario
Notre Dame, Ind.
-- The University of Notre Dame hockey team used third
period goals from freshman Joe Dusbabek and senior Ben Nelsen to open its season
with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the University of Western Ontario
in non-conference exhibition action Friday night at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.
The Mustangs opened the scoring at the 14:14 mark of the first period when
Brian Grieve tallied his first goal of the year on the power play. Grieve took
a pass from teammate Mike Flammia at the right point and put the puck past a
sliding Matt Eisler to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead.
Western Ontario (1-2) had another excellent scoring chance when on a 2-on-1
break at the Irish blueline late in the opening period but Jason Heywood's shot
clanged off the post. The game then became a defensive struggle with neither
team scoring in the second period.
The visitors maintained their 1-0 lead heading into the third period and
the Irish responded to their first challenge of the young season. Dusbabek
scored his first collegiate goal to tie the game with just over 15 minutes
remaining. Dusbabek received the puck just inside the blueline from sophomore
Aniket Dhadphale and proceeded to weave his way into the high slot before
wristing the game-tying shot past Mustang goalie C.J. Denomme, high to the blocker
The Irish didn't waste anytime before adding what proved to the decisive goal,
as Nelsen picked up a bouncing puck inside the Mustang zone and slid it
underneath a sprawling Denomme at the 5:29 mark.
After taking the lead the Irish clamped down on defense and shut out the
Mustangs the rest of the way. Junior goaltender Eisler made nine of his 22
saves in the final period, including stopping Matt Munro on consecutive
point blank shots and a save that thwarted a Rob Schweyer breakaway.
The win avenged last year's 2-1 overtime loss to the Guelph Gryphons,
another Canadian universiy team.