Feb. 22, 1997

Notre Dame Hockey Officially Eliminated From CCHA Tournament Race

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Western Michigan used three power play goals to defeat the Notre Dame hockey team, 6-1, officially eliminating the Irish from the CCHA tournament race.

WMU jumped ahead 3-0 in the first period. The first goal came at the 6:24 mark, when Justin Cardwell redirected a pass from Matt Cressman, as the puck went inside the right post.

Less than a minute later, Steve Duke buried the bisket in the basket, redirecting a pass from the left wing by Joel Irving.

At 10:36 of the period, Mike Melas took a rebound of a Joe Corvo shot and gave WMU a commanding 3-0 lead with a power play goal.

Late in the first period, WMU was whistled for a five-minute major penalty, but Notre Dame couldn't capitalize.

The lone bright spot for the Irish came 52 seconds into the second period, when Steve Noble lit the lamp with an assist coming from Tyson Frazier, who was at the right point. Ben Nelsen picked up the other assist on the power play goal.

Nevertheless, Notre Dame could put no more on the board, as WMU scored three more goals, two with the man advantage, in the first 12 minutes of the final period to ice the contest.

Senior Erik Berg saw his first action of the season, filling in between the pipes for the final 7 1/2 minutes of the contest.

Notre Dame concludes its season on Friday, Feb. 28 when it hosts Michigan State.

Notre Dame        0  1  0 --  1
Western Michigan  3  0  3 --  6
1st period:  (WM) Cardwell 18 (Cressman, Corvo), 6:24; (WMU)
Duke 3 (Irving, Nordstrom), 7:16; (WMU) Melas 17 (Corvo, Duke), pp,
2nd period: (ND) Noble 13 (Nelson, Fraser) pp, 0:52.
3rd period:  (WMU) Waring 3 (Andrews, Novock), 5:03; (WMU)
Irving 7 (Melas, Corvo) pp, 9:05; (WMU) Andrews 5 (Cressman), pp,
Shots on Goal
Notre Dame        8-12-11 -- 31
Western Michigan 12-12-16 -- 40

ND  - Eisler (52:24)   9-12-10 -- 31
ND  - Erik Berg (7:36) 0-0-3   --  3
WMU - Barnes (58:58)   8-11-8  -- 27
WMU - Tolliver (1:02)  0-0-3   --  3
Notre Dame         14-44
Western Michigan   11-41

Power Play Conv
Notre Dame        1-5
Western Michigan  3-8

Notre Dame         9-24-1 (6-19-1)
Western Michigan  14-15-4 (10-11-4)
Att:  4,198

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