January 7, 1997
Urick, Dusbabek Spark 3-2 Win At Mankato State As Irish End One-Goal
MANKATO, Minn. - Sophomore Brian Urick tied the game
late in the second period and fellow Minnetonka (MN) native Joe
Dusbabek scored the game-winning goal with seven minutes remaining, as
the University of Notre Dame hockey team ended a frustrating
slide in one-goal games, posting a 3-2 victory over Mankato
State in non-conference action Tuesday at the Mankato Civic
Notre Dame (6-13-1) - playing in Minnesota for the first time
in four years - enjoyed a huge edge in shots (40-17) but had to
overcome two deficits before Dubabek's score gave the Irish
their first one-goal win since a 2-1 victory over Western
Ontario in the season opener. Since that win on Oct. 11, the
Irish had lost their last seven games that were decided by one
Mankato State (7-12-2) - which posted a dramatic 4-3 overtime
win at Notre Dame Nov. 17 - held second-period leads of 1-0 and
2-1, but the Mavericks offense did little to help a stellar
37-save effort by MSU sophomore goaltender Des Christopher.
Dusbabek scored the game-winning goal at the 12:30 mark after
taking a mid-ice pass from fellow freshman Ben Simon, who was
playing in his first game back with the Irish since returning
from last week's World Junior Hockey Championships where he
helped the U.S. to a silver medal - its top finish at the
tournament. Dusbabek angled towards the left circle and slowed
down to let Simon cross in front of him, freezing the MSU
defense before the right-handed Dusbabek rocketed a shot through
a MSU player's legs and into the right side of the net, above
Christopher's glove hand.
The Irish dodged a bullet late in the second
period, as penalties to Urick and freshman defenseman Nathan
Borega provided Mankato State with a two-man advantage for one
minute, 27 seconds. But Notre Dame junior goaltender Matt Eisler
made two saves, freshman defenseman Tyson Fraser came up with
several key clears and Urick poked the puck past the blueline,
as the Irish fought off both penalties to keep the game tied
headed into the second intermission.
MSU scored first on a power-play goal midway through the
second period as freshman Aaron Fox alertly gathered the puck
and sent a quick 15-foot shot from the slot into the right
corner of the net (7:31).
Fifty-nine seconds later, the Irish scored their own
power-play goal when senior Terry Lorenz tipped in a shot from
the right point by Ben Nelsen, who had received a slide pass
across the blueline from fellow senior defenseman Brian McCarthy
But the Mavericks reclaimed the lead 17 seconds later as
sophomore Tyler Deis took an outlet pass from linemate Ryan
Rintoul and raced down the ice before sending a shot from the
right side of the crease that tucked inside the left post to
give Deis his team-leading 19th goal of the season.
The second-period scoring flurry continued at 16:31 when
Urick scored his ninth goal of the season (tying him with
Dusbabek for the team lead). Urick took a pass from classmate
Aniket Dhadphale and skated down the left side before angling
into the slot, drifting into the right circle and quickly
wristing a shot past a stunned Christopher into the lower-left
corner of the net.
Notre Dame outshot Mankato State, 11-6, in a scoreless first
period and was unable to convert on the only power-play
opportunity of the first 20 minutes.
The first 28 minutes of the game continued the latest offense
frustrations for Notre Dame, which failed to score on its first
18 shots while being unable to convert on its first three power-play
chances. For the game, the Irish, ironically, duplicated their
shots and goal total from the earlier meeting against MSU (40
shots, three goals) while going just 1-for-7 on the power play
on Tuesday after going 0-for-8 in the first game against the
MSU converted on its first power-play chance of the game but
the Irish then killed off the Mavericks' final four power plays
with Eisler making five of his 15 saves during those
The game was Notre Dame's first in the state of Minnesota in
four years - since a 6-3 win at Mankato State Jan. 3, 1993) -
and served as a homecoming for eight Minnesota natives on the
Irish roster, including Minnotanka Harberts - sophomore forwards
Neal Johnson (Edina) and Craig Hagkull (Arden Hills) and
freshman forwards Troy Bagne (Morehead) and Shance Slominski
Edina native Tom Carroll, now in his 12th season as a Notre
Dame assistant coach, also has ties to the Mankato program, as
three of his five brothers played hockey for the Mavericks: Mike
(1975-78), Steve (1977-81) and Pat (1981-85). Pat Carroll
remains second in Mankato State record book for both career
points (224), career goals (123) while holding Mavericks records
for single season points (88), season assists (46), career
power-play goals (37) and career game-winning goals (17) Steve
Carroll holds Mankato State career records for minutes (6,896),
wins (81) and saves (3,228)
Notre Dame (6-13-1) 0 2 1 - 3
Mankato State (7-12-2) 0 2 0 - 2
First period - No scoring.
Second period - MSU 1. Fox (Krug, Essay), PP, 7:31; ND 1. Lorenz (Nelsen, McCarthy), PP, 8:30; MSU 2. Dels (Rintoul) 8:47; ND 2. Urick (Dhadphale) 14:52.
Third period - ND 3. Dusbabek (Simon, McCarthy) 12:30.
Shots on goal: ND 11-16-13/40, MSU 6-8-3/17.
Saves: ND (Eisler) 6-6-3/15, MSU (Christopher) 11-14-12/37.
Power play: ND 1-of-7, MSU 1-of-5.
Penalties: ND 1 for 30:00, MSU 12 for 24:00.