November 17, 1996
Mankato State Downs Irish 4-3 In Overtime
Mavericks score two shorthanded goals in 27-second stretch,
Smith wins game in OT
Irish again outshoot opponent as frustrations continue in
first period and on powerplays
NOTRE DAME, Ind.
-- Junior defenseman David Smith scored
on a slapshot from the blue line early in overtime, lifting
Mankato State to a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame in non-conference
hockey action Sunday afternoon at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.
Mankato State (3-5-10), which is in its first year as a Division
I program, held a 3-1 lead with 15 minutes remaining in
regulation before Notre Dame's Joe Dusbabek and Terry Lorenz
both found the net to eventually force overtime.
Notre Dame (3-5-1) - which lost 5-1 to Ferris State on Friday
despite outshooting the Bulldogs 39-21 - again suffered through
another frustrating day on offense, as the Irish outshot the
Mavericks 40-24 but came away on the short end of the
The loss extended two other frustrating trends for Notre Dame,
which went 0-for-8 on powerplay chances Sunday and is just
1-for-21 over the past three games. The Irish also have scored
just twice this season in the first period, despite taking a
combined 67 shots in the opening 20 minutes of the first nine
games this season.
Sunday's slow start required Notre Dame to come back and tie the
game for the sixth time this season (in 10 deficits faced).
Sunday's game was the first time this season Notre Dame had come
back but ended up with a loss, after comeback wins over Western
Ontario and Bowling Green and a tie vs. Western Michigan.
Smith - a converted forward who was starting for the first time
in his career at defense due to injuries to a pair of
teammates - nearly scored the game-winner three seconds before
the final shot, on an identical play after junior Mark Zacharias
beat Notre Dame freshman Troy Bagne on a faceoff at the right
circle. On that first draw, Zacharias kicked the puck back to
the right point for Smith, who sent a hard and low shot on net,
with sophomore Forrest Karr squeezing the puck between his pads
to preserve the tie. Zacharias then beat Bagne again and Smith
drilled the game-winner inside the right post (0:55).
Smith had an even earlier chance to score in overtime, when he
skated onto a lead pass at the blue line and had a clear path to
Karr. But the Irish netminder - who was making just his second
career start - stuffed the low shot, setting up the first of the
final two faceoffs.
Possibly the most pivotal part of the game came late in the
second period when Mavericks sophomore right wing Tyler Deis
scored a pair of shorthanded goals in a span of 27 seconds,
following costly turnovers in the Irish zone. Deis's goal at
15:44 represented the first shorthanded goal allowed by Notre
Dame all season (in over 520 minutes) and the Irish gave one
away just seconds later, providing the visitors a two-goal
Mankato jumped ahead at the 12:51 mark of the first period,
scoring on a 4-on-4 situation when Deis skated in from the left
side and dropped the puck for junior defenseman Jason Krug, who
then beat Karr with a quick shot.
Bagne tied the game early in the second period, netting his
first career goal after taking a pass from sophomore Neal
Johnson and skating between the circles before beating sophomore
Des Christopher on a low shot to the right side (Christopher
finished with 37 saves while boosting his season record to
The Mavericks surged back ahead later in the second
period - after a hooking penalty on Andy Fermoyle had the
Mavericks skating a man-down - when junior center Jason Rintala
intercepted a cross-ice pass from Notre Dame defenseman Benoit
Cotnoir and quickly fired a shot from the leftside faceoff
circle. Karr made the chest save, but Deis was waiting to stick
in the rebound.
Seconds later, junior center Ryan Rintoul came away with the
puck at a crowded blue line in the Irish zone and slid a pass
between his legs towards the Irish net. Deis skated onto the
puck and beat Karr with a shot that ricocheted into the net
Dusbabek, a freshman right wing, netted his team-leading fourth
goal of the season at the 5:56 mark of the third period, putting
back a rebounded shot from Lyle Andrusiak. In the closing
moments, another Irish freshman - defenseman Nate Borega - took a
pass from sophomore Brian Urick and fired a shot from the left
point. Senior co-captain Terry Lorenz was filling the crease
area and got his stick on the puck, redirecting it into the net
for the equalizer (17:52).
Six minutes before Lorenz' goal, freshman defenseman Tyson
Fraser appeared to have tied the game on a shot from the left
side of the blue line. The puck hit off Christopher's pad and
appeared to bounce up into the net before bouncing down and back
Notre Dame had the game's first eight shots on goal and held the
visitors without a shot for the first 10 minutes of the game.
Two periods later, the Irish had the first 16 shots of the third
period while holding Mankato State without a shot on net in the
final period until six minutes remained in regulation.
MANKATO STATE 4, NOTRE DAME 3 (OT)
Joyce Center Fieldhouse
1 2 3 OT Final
MANKATO STATE 1 2 0 1 - 4
NOTRE DAME 0 1 2 0 - 3
Mankato State Coach Don Brose
1st period: 1. MS - Krug (Deis) 4-4, 12:51.
2nd period: 1. ND - Bagne (Johnson) 3:18; 2. MS - Deis
(Rintala) SH, 15:44; 3. MS - Deis (Rintoul) SH, 16:11.
3rd period: 2. ND - Dusbabek (Andrusiak, Lorenz) 5:56; 3.
ND - Lorenz (Borega, Urick) 17:52.
OT: 4. MS - Smith (Zacharias) 0:55.
SHOTS ON GOAL: MS 4-12-4-4/24; ND 13-10-17-0/40.
SAVES: Christopher (MS) 13-9-15/37; Karr (ND) 3-10-4/20.
PENALTIES: MS 9-for-18; ND 7-for-14.
POWERPLAY: MS 0-for-6; ND 0-for-8.
RECORDS: Mankato State 5-4-1, Notre Dame 3-5-1
"Our kids played well. We were out-sized by Notre Dame, but
handled their physicality well. We made the most of our
offensive opportunities and Des Christopher played extremely
well in the net. This is a good win for us."
Notre Dame Coach Dave Poulin
On the game:
"It was disappointing, there's no question
about it. We just cannot turn it on. We were fortunate to get
to tie them at three, but we shouldn't have been in that
situation. We've talked as a group and addressed a lot of
issues, but at some point you just have to play."
On Notre Dame errors in the game: "What concerns me is
that the same mistakes are being repeated. Mistakes occur all
the time in hockey, but it's when they are repeated all the time
that you have to address them in a different manner."
"We had two big mistakes that were mental errors. They were
physical actions, but they were mental errors. And they were by
people who shouldn't be making those mistakes."
On flashes of brilliance: "It is not okay to just do that
sometimes. When you witness it happening, you want it to happen
more. It is one thing if you are not capable of playing that
well, but to see it on occasion ... it's frustrating."
On positives in the game: "We did come back, but we
shouldn't have to be in that situation. I am encouraged by how
some of the guys are playing, like Joe Dusbabek, Nathan Borega,
and Sean Molina."
On the goalies: "This was Forrest Karr's first start in a
long time. He did a nice job. I hope they decide by their play
[whether Notre Dame uses a rotation system].
What next?: "We just have to keep hammering away. The
only thing that I know to do is to keep working. We see the
flashes of dominance. Now we just need to put it together in