The Notre Dame Men's Hockey team beat Ohio State, 3-1, at the Joyce Athletic Center on October 31st.
Four-time monogram winner for the Irish on defense ... winner of Notre Dame's Charles"Lefty"Smith Coaches Award following 2009-10 season ... the award is pre- sented to the unsung hero of the hockey program, a player who is unheralded, has overcome adversity and shows loyalty and commitment to his teammates, Notre Dame hockey and the University of Notre Dame ... strong skater who quarterbacked Irish power play over four seasons ... had career highs in goals (4), power-play goals (2) and short-handed goals (1) in his senior year ... played 153 career games, scoring six goals with 67 assists for 73 points ... was signed by the Chicago Wolves (AHL) following his senior season and then joined the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) for the play- offs ... signed with the Toledo Walleyes (ECHL) for the 2010-11 season.
AS A SENIOR: Played in all 38 games in his final year ... tied for fifth in scoring with 19 points (4g, 15a) ... added two power-play goals and one short-handed tally ... third on team in assists (15) and tied for second among defensemen in scoring ... had a career-high 12 penalties for 43 minutes ... had four multi-point games during the season ... scored first goal of the season in 3-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville (Oct. 10) ... goal was his first in 99 games going back to Jan. 20, 2007, during his freshman year ... picked up two assists in 4-4 tie with Bowling Green (Nov. 28) ... had points in eight straight games from Dec. 13 through Jan. 22, collecting 11 assists in that span (including three games with two assists) ... scored second power-play goal of the year in 5-3 loss to Nebraska-Omaha (Jan. 29) ... third goal of the year came in 4-1 loss at Western Michigan (Feb. 6) ... scored first career short-handed goal on Senior Night in 5-3 win over Michigan ... went scoreless in two postseason games.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in all 40 games with no goals and 25 assists to rank second among Irish defensemen in scoring with 25 points ... whistled off the ice 10 times for a total of 28 minutes in penalties ... was +12 on the season to tie for third overall and third among defense- men ... turned in six games with two or more assists ... held to just one point in first five games before turning in back-to-back, two-assist games at Northern Michigan (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) ... closed out three-game point streak with an assist in 4-1 win at Boston College ... picked up three assists in tie and win at home versus Lake Superior (Nov. 14-15) ... equaled career high three-point and three-assist game in 9-1 win at Bowling Green (Nov. 22) ... closed streak with an assist in 4-1 win over Western Michigan ... closed the first half with two assists in 4-3 win over Bowling Green (Dec. 13) ... turned in back-to-back assist games in weekend sweep of Northern Michigan (Feb. 13-14) ... had a pair of assists in 5-2 win over Michigan ... set up Billy Maday goal that cut Wolverines lead to 2-1 in second period ... added a sec- ond helper on Calle Ridderwall's game-tying goal at 1:15 of the third period ... had a season-best +3 for the game ... closed the season with an assist on Dan Kissel's goal in NCAA Tournament loss to Bemidji State ... in five postseason games had three assists.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 45 games with no goals and 12 assists for 12 points to finish fourth among Irish defensemen in scoring ... had seven pen- alties for 14 minutes ... was -2 for the year ... got the season off to a fast start with assists in four of the team's first five games ... had assists in each game of the Lefty McFadden Invitational ... ran scoring streak to three games with an assist on Garrett Regan's power- play goal in 4-3 win over Denver in home opener ... assisted on an Evan Rankin goal in 3-2 win at Ferris State (Oct. 19) ... picked up fourth power-play assist on a Rankin power-play marker in 4-1 win over Lake Superior State (Nov. 2) ... selected to the all-tourna- ment team at the Rensselaer Holiday Tournament ... had five shots on goal and was +1 as the Irish won the tournament for the first time ... had a three-game point streak (0g, 3a) from Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 ... had a strong series at Princeton with one assist in 4-2 win on Dec. 7 and was +4 in the weekend sweep ... set up Ryan Thang's game-tying goal with 38 seconds left in 1-1 tie with Michigan State (Jan. 13) ... picked up one assist in the CCHA playoffs against Ferris State and added his 12th assist of the year in the 7-3 victory over New Hampshire in the NCAA West Regional ... played in nine postseason games with two assists.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 30 games in his rookie season, scoring twice with 15 assists for 17 points ... had one game-winning goal ... had eight penalties for 16 minutes ... recorded 29 shots on goal ... was +9 on the year ... picked up a point in his first col- legiate game, assisting on a Kevin Deeth power-play goal in 3-2 loss at Minnesota State on Oct. 14 ... recorded second assist of the year in 4-2 win at Ohio State on Nov. 3 ... scored first collegiate goal at 9:44 of the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and on the way to a 3-1 home win versus Alaska on Dec. 2 ... that started him on a four-game point streak (1g, 5a) ... picked up an assist in 6-2 Irish win over Alaska (Dec. 3) ... had career- high three-point and three-assist game in 7-3 win over Michigan (Dec. 8) ... closed streak with one assist in 4-3 win over the Wolverines at home on Dec. 10 ... added second multiple-point game with two assists in 6-2 win at Robert Morris ... scored second goal in second period of 3-0 win at Western Michigan (Jan. 20) ... closed the season on a three-game point streak with assists versus Michigan, Alabama-Huntsville and Michigan State ... in four postseason games had three assists for three points.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, Ohio ... spent three seasons with the North American Hockey League's (NAHL) Texas Tornado ... led all NAHL defensemen in scoring in 2005-06 with three goals and 46 assists for 49 points in 54 games ... his 46 assists were third-best in the league as he helped lead Texas to first place with a 42-12-4 record ... in 13 postseason games, added two goals and five assists ... was a member of three con- secutive Robertson Cup champions as the top Junior A team in the country ... was named first team all-NAHL and received the NAHL academic achievement award following the season ... selected to the all-tournament team at the 2005 Chowder Cup Tournament ... in `04- '05, collected four goals with 21 assists for 25 points ... added three goals and eight assists in 12 playoff games, including setting up the game-winning goal in the national championship game ... played in two NAHL all-star games in `05 and `06 ... had one goal and six assists in his rookie year (`04-'05) ... finished career as Texas Tornado's all-time assist leader (90) ... full name is Brett Michael Blatchford ... has one brother ... son of John and Denise Blatchford ... born June 5, 1986 in Toledo, Ohio ... graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the College of Arts and Letters.