By John Heisler
Seven different players scored for Notre Dame in the victory.
Mario Lucia paced the Notre Dame offense with his third goal of the season
Dennis Gilbert finished with two goals and two assists for the Irish.
Steven Fogarty and Thomas DiPauli record career best four-point games.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 15 games while making 11 starts ... posted a 5-3-2 record to go along with a 3.01 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage ... made 26 saves in his first start of the season, a 3-2 loss to Rensselaer in the opening round of the Ice Breaker Tournament (Oct. 10) ... had back-to-back 32-save efforts against UMass Lowell (Nov. 20-21) ... that series marked his first career back-to-back starts ... then in a third consecutive start, made a career-high 35 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to Union (Nov. 28) ... made 28 saves in a 5-3 win against New Hampshire (Jan. 31) ... posted a 3-1-2 record in Hockey East play as well as a 3.33 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage ... named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team for the second consecutive season.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in five games in 2013-14, making three starts ... turned in a 2-1-0 record with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .881 save percentage ... made his first-career appearance Oct. 25 under strange circumstances ... with the Irish nursing a 3-1 lead at Minnesota Duluth with just over 14 minutes left, starting goaltender Steven Summerhays received a major penalty for grabbing a face mask and was ejected from the game ... Katunar came in to face a five-on-three power play, giving up one goal but holding on for the win ... he stopped five of six shots in 14:26 against the Bulldogs ... he made his first start the following night against the Bulldogs, playing the first 20 minutes with 11 saves on 14 shots in a 4-1 loss ... Katunar's second start came on Nov. 29 in the Shillelagh Tournament when he stopped Alabama Huntsville, making 13 saves in a 5-2 win ... third start came on Jan. 10, again facing Alabama Huntsville, making 16 saves in a 7-1 victory ... fifth and final appearance came on Jan. 24 as he played the final 28:34 of the contest, stopping all seven shots he faced in a 4-0 loss to Northeastern ... did not play in the postseason ... named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.
IN THE BCHL: Joined the Irish roster after playing two seasons (2011-13) with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) ... was a teammate of current seniors Steven Fogarty and Mario Lucia in 2011-12 with the Vees ... started his junior career in Penticton as the back up in goal before taking over as the top goaltender for the Vees due to an injury to starter Mike Garteig ... went 12-2-0-1 in the postseason with a 1.73 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage in leading Penticton to the BCHL's Fred Page Cup title, the Doyle Cup championship and the RBC Cup championship as the top junior program in Canada ... was named the team's most improved player ... in 20 regular-season games was 13-2-0 with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .887 save percentage as team was 54-4-0-2 to win the regular season title while setting a North American junior hockey record with 42 consecutive wins ...in his second year of juniors (2012-13) made 43 starts and was 25-15-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage with four shutouts as Penticton won the Interior Division with a 35-16-0-5 record ... in the playoffs was 10-5-0 with a 2.23 goals-against and a .923 save percentage as he led the Vees to the Interior Conference championship before losing to the Surrey Eagles in the Fred Doyle Cup championship series.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Oak Bay Secondary School in Victoria, British Columbia ... played hockey for the Victoria Racqet Club and the South Island Thunder before advancing to the BCHL with the Penticton Vees ... helped Victoria Racquet Club to district championships and provincial runner-ups ... was co-MVP of South Island Thunder in 2010-11 ... ... the sixth native of British Columbia to play at Notre Dame, joining Matt Amado (Surrey), Tom Arkell (Vernon), Tyson Fraser (Surrey), Shayne Taker (Surrey) and Ripley (Kitamit) ... full name is Chad Christopher Katunar ... son of Fred and Pam Katunar ... has one younger sister, Blaire ... born in Calgary, Alberta ... a Finance and Economics double major in the Mendoza College of Business... signed a national letter of intent to attend Notre Dame in the fall 2012 signing period along with Dawson Cook, Andrew Oglevie, Ali Thomas, Cal Petersen and Jordan Gross.