November 2, 1996
Notre Dame Hockey Completes 7-5 Comeback Win at No. 3 Bowling Green
Irish score five times in the 3rd as Karr comes on for a memorable first win
Bowling Green, Ohio
-- Sophomore goaltender Forrest Karr
(DeForest, WI) came off the bench to stop 28 of 30 shots and collect his
first career win while junior center Lyle Andrusiak
(Foam Lake, SASK)
snapped out of a two-year scoring funk in timely fashion as the
University of Notre Dame hockey team scored five times in the final 16
minutes of the game to claim a stunning 7-5 comeback victory at
#3-ranked Bowling Green, in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action
Saturday at the BGSU Ice Arena.
The victory vaults Notre Dame (3-2-1, 2-2-1 CCHA) past Bowling Green
(6-2-0, 2-2-0) into fourth place in the early-season CCHA standings,
with both of the Irish wins coming on the road (also 3-0 at Ohio State
on Oct. 25). BGSU also lost on Friday night at Michigan State, which
returned to the ice Saturday to record a 5-4 win over #1 Michigan.
The upset ranks as a landmark result in the history of Irish hockey,
marking the highest-ranked Notre Dame opponent defeated on its home ice
in recent memory (stretching back to the playing days of current Irish
coach Dave Poulin, 1979-82). The Irish shocked then-#1 Michigan during
the 1994-95 season (6-3), but that victory came in the comfortable
confines of Notre Dame's Joyce Center.
The Falcons jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first nine minutes of
the game, bunching their goals in a span of 2:40 to seemingly take
control of the game. But Notre Dame senior Tim Harberts snapped out of a
scoring drought of his own late in the first period, netting his first
goal of the year, and the Irish played their hosts even in the second
before rallying to the dramatic road win.
Notre Dame junior Matt Eisler--who last week was named the CCHA
defensive player of the week after a 47-save shutout at OSU and
120-minute shutout streak--was pulled from the game in favor of the
relatively inexperienced Karr, after Eisler had allowed the Falcons to
score on three of their first four shots.
Saturday's effort was easily the biggest of his career for Karr, who
had yet to see the ice this season and played in just two games last
season while logging only 78 minutes. The win over the Falcons also made
Karr's debut in a CCHA game all the more special.
Notre Dame headed into the third period still trailing by two goals
(4-2) and desperately looking to catch a break that might ignite a
comeback rally. Such a chance came on Andrusiak's second goal, at the
3:56 mark, and co-captains Steve Noble and Terry Lorenz both followed
suit over the next eight minutes to give the visitors their first lead.
Two minutes later, Falcons freshman Adam Edinger converted on the
powerplay for his second goal of the night, tying the game at 5-5. But
Notre Dame's Benoit Cotnoir delivered on a slapshot from the blueline at
the 17:15 mark and his fellow sophomore Aniket Dhadphale sealed the
upset on an open-net goal with 17 seconds left to play.
Andrusiak's sparkplug goal came after Molina had passed the puck to
Dhadphale, who sent a pass from the left side across the middle of the
ice. Falcons senior defenseman Kelly Perrault was skating back to cover
on the play and appeared ready to intercept Dhadphale's pass at the
center faceoff circle. But the puck skipped past Perrault and Andrusiak
seized the opportunity, taking the puck in stride and skating in on
sophomore goaltender Mike Savard before putting home a backhanded shot
into the left side of the net.
Prior to Saturday's game, Andrusiak--who enjoyed stellar scoring
success in junior hockey--has totaled just one goal in his last 39 games
for the Irish. But the native of Fort Lake, Saskatchewan had been
showing renewed offensive spark since sliding over to the center spot,
totaling three assists in the last three games before finally finding
the net vs. the Falcons.
Noble tied the game at 4-4 after freshman Ben Simon (from nearby
Shaker Heights, OH) overskated a chance at the top of the crease and
then unselfishly elected to send the puck back in front of the goal,
rather than trying to tuck it around the left post. Noble was there to
quickly redirect the puck into the net for his third goal in as many
Lorenz scored at the 11:57 mark, swooping in from the left side and
muscling the puck into the crease, where it kicked off the skate of a
Falcons defenseman before sliding by Savard.
BGSU made Notre Dame's first lead of the game a shortlived one, as a
Fry pass from behind the net found Edinger' s stick near the right
crease, with the first-year center quickly flicking the puck home for a
5-5 tie (13:50).
Simon also played a big part in Cotnoir's goal, winning a faceoff at
the left circle before kicking the puck back to Harberts, who then slid
a pass across the blueline for the offensive-minded Cotnoir.
Notre Dame trailed heading into the first intermission, 3-1, despite
outshooting the Falcons 16-10 in the first 20 minutes. BGSU then
stretched its lead back to three goals when Perrault scored at the 12:06
mark, assisted by fellow senior Curtis Fry, but Andrusiak made the game
4-2 three minutes later after gathering in a loose puck at the back
boards and sliding around the net--to the left side of Savard--before
tucking the puck inside the near post.
The Falcons had a chance to pad their lead late in the second, after
Irish freshman defenseman Sean Molina saved a sure goal with a holding
penalty near the right side of the crease. But Karr and the Irish
defense turned back five shots on goal, foiling the BGSU powerplay for
the fifth consecutive time.
Bowling Green jumped ahead at the 5:47 mark when Edinger finished a
Falcons break. Two minutes later, BGSU senior Brett Punchard sent home a
slapshot from the left point and freshman Zach Ham followed suit just 15
seconds later, blasting home a shot from a tight angle on the left
boards, with the rising puck tucking inside the far right post.
IRISH NOTES: In addition to the goaltender change, Notre Dame made
what proved to be a timely change in its first two lines, with Harberts
going from left wing of the second line to right wing on the first.
Sophomore Brian Urick slid back from his right wing spot on the first
line to right wing on the second while freshman Troy Bagne moved from
right to left on the second line. Notre Dame's most consistent and
productive line remains the third unit of Andrusiak, left wing Dhadphale
and freshman right wing Joe Dusbabek, who have combined to score exactly
half (7) of Notre Dame's 14 even-strength goals this season, since
Andrusiak moved from his wing position on the fourth line to the third
line center spot in the third game of the season (at OSU). Notre Dame's
offensive balance can be seen in the fact that nine different players
have combined to score the team's 19 goals this season, with seven
having two or three goals (the other two have one each).
CCHA HOCKEY (11/2/96) - at the Bowling Green Ice Arena
NOTRE DAME 1 1 5 - 7
BOWLING GREEN 3 1 1 - 5
1st: BG 1. - Edinger (Ilvonen, Desjarlais) 5:47;
BG 2. Punchard (Jones, Perrault) 8:12;
BG 3. - Ham (Perrault, Johnson);
ND 1. - Harberts (Simon, Cotnoir).
2nd: BG 4. Perrault (Fry);
ND 2. - Andrusiak (unassisted).
3rd: ND 3. - Andrusiak (Dhadphale, Molina);
ND 4. - Noble (Simon, Harberts);
ND 5. - Lorenz (Urick, Bagne);
BG 5. - Edinger (Fry, Johnson);
ND 6. - Cotnoir (Harberts, Simon);
ND 7. - Dhadphale (Andrusiak, Dusbabek).
SHOTS ON GOAL: ND 16-14-12/42; BG 10-13-11/34.
SAVES: Eisler (ND) 1-X-X/1; Karr (ND) 6-12-10/28; Savard (BG) 15-13-7/35.
PENALTIES: ND 7 for 14; BG 5 for 10.
POWERPLAY: ND 1-of-4; BG 1-of-6.
POSTGAME QUOTES - Notre Dame hockey at Bowling Green (11/2/96)
Note: Quotes from BGSU coach Buddy Powers and Falcons players were
unavailable due to time constraints.
Notre Dame Coach Dave Poulin: "Overall, we are real encouraged by
our manner of winning. I was fully confident during the second
intermission that we would come back and win. Even when we fell behind
3-0, we had been getting our chances but they weren't going in. We've
had flashes of good play all year, leading up to tonight. You could feel
it on the bench that we weren't going to lose the game. This team just
has a very special resiliency and consistently created chances out there
tonight. This type of result is satisfying for a young team that just
has to remember to be patient. The key tonight was that we worried more
about ourselves than about the other team. After letting Michigan get
off to a good start on Friday, we targeted having a quality start
tonight--but Bowling Green's shots just ended up in the net. In regards
to the line change, you don't want to change for the sake of changing;
but, you also have to keep looking for the best combinations. Troy Bagne
had skated well on the left wing in camp, so we switched him over there
and then moved Brian Urick into the right wing spot on the second line.
That allowed Tim Harberts to move to the right wing as well (on the
first line) and helped Tim see the puck a lot more since the centers on
both of our first lines are left-handed (Simon and Lorenz). We also made
some critical adjustments to our powerplay unit before the Michigan game
and that helped again tonight. You also can't overlook our fourth line
of Craig Hagkull, John Dwyer and Neal Johnson--they did a great job for
us all weekend. And of course the line of Dhadphale, Andrusiak and
Dusbabek has been on a tear the last couple of weeks. Changing goalies
is similar to taking out your best pitcher. You don't want to do it too
quickly and yet Eisler didn't seem to be on tonight. Often time it also
fires up the team and helps to slow momentum. It worked for us tonight,
but it is a gamble and a decision you have to be confident in making."
Notre Dame Junior Forward Lyle Andrusiak: "Since I've moved to
center, I've been much more comfortable. Aniket and Joe have been great
linemates. I just trey to keep my feet moving and driving to the net.
The three of us are always out there talking and communicating--it's
gotten to the point already where we almost know where the other guys
are going to be."
Notre Dame Sophomore Goaltender Forrest Karr: "I feel great right
now. I can't give enough credit to the character of this team. Mentally,
I always try to keep myself ready for the chance that I'll get the call.
It's all about confidence. This team has a lot of confidence, character
and talent. I was just glad to be a part of it."