Feb. 14, 1997
Top-Ranked Michigan Holds Off Notre Dame
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - With the season winding down and a playoff berth
still alive for the taking, Notre Dame didn't exactly find itself in the ideal
situation having to face top-ranked Michigan Friday night.
While the Irish were able to enter the final period in a scoreless deadlock with the
nation's top team, Michigan proved its worth by skating to a hard-fought 3-1
victory over the Irish at the Yost Ice Arena.
The loss leaves the Irish (8-22-1 overall, 5-17-1 CCHA) four points behind
Ferris State with four games to go in the race for the eighth and final playoff
berth in the CCHA Tournament. The Bulldogs also own the tie-breaker against the
The Wolverines got on the board 1:04 into the third period when Jason Botterill
found the back of the net on a Michigan power-play. Michigan's Brendan Morrison
set the Michigan all-time assist record on the play, earning the 165 assist of
Michigan (27-2-3, 18-2-2) grabbed a 2-0 lead a little over two minutes later when Bubba
Berenzweig scored for the Wolverines.
Notre Dame came right back, however, climbing back into the game when Aniket
Dhadphale took a pass from Ben Simon and skated into the left circle before
firing a shot between the legs of Michigan goalie Marty Turco for the score. It
was Dhadphale's first goal in the last 14 games.
The assist, meanwhile, was Simon's 14th of the year, giving him 18 points on the season,
which ties him for fourth-best mark on the team.
Michigan would later seal the game when Harold Schock scored at the 13:44 mark
of the final period.
Michigan finished with 47 shots on goal, compared to just 15 for Notre Dame.
However, the Irish still managed to create several legitimate scoring opportunities.
The game could have gotten away early for the Irish had it not be for the
outstanding play of junior goaltender Matt Eisler, who stopped the first 34
Michigan shots on goal and helped the Irish hold off the first six power-play
chances for the Wolverines.
Eisler's played earned him the First Star Award, which is a rarity for a player
on the losing team. Over the last 10 games combined, Eisler has made 125 saves and
allowed just five goals in the opening period.
Michigan finished the night 1-for-9 on the power-play after coming into the game
with a 30 percent power-play conversion rate. Notre Dame, which came into the
contest with the fourth-best penalty-killing unit, was boosted by the return of
Tyson Fraser who had missed the last five games due to injury.
The Irish were without their sixth-leading scorer, Terry Lorenz, who
wasn't able to make the trip after being injured in practice earlier this week.
Lorenz had played in 68 straight and 139 out of the last 140 games.
Michigan 3, Notre Dame 1
Notre Dame 0 0 0 - 1
Michigan 0 0 0 - 3
First period: none
Second period: none
Third period: Mich - Botterill, 24 (Morrison, Legg), 1:04, PP; Mich -
Berzenweig, 6 (Bourke) 3:07; ND - Dhadphale, 5 (Simon, Boerga), 4:13; Mich -
Schock, 4 (unassisted),13:44.
Shots on goal
Notre Dame: 15
Notre Dame: 0-3
Notre Dame: 13-26
Eisler (ND): 20-13-11-44
Turco (Mich.): 4-4-6-14