The Notre Dame Hockey team downs Ferris State at home, 6-3, to keep their season alive.
Won four monograms during his career at
Notre Dame ... provided a physical presence in the
Irish lineup throughout his career ... hard-working
player who was strong at both ends of the ice and
a tenacious forechecker ... saw action in 30 games
as a senior with two goals and seven assists for
nine points ... played in 115 career games at Notre
Dame, scoring 12 goals with 21 assists for 33
points ... came to Notre Dame after playing three
seasons in the United States Hockey League
(USHL) for the Sioux City Musketeers.
AS A SENIOR: Played in 30 games during the
2009-10 campaign ... scored two goals with seven
assists for nine points ... whistled for 11 penalties,
resulting in 30 penalty minutes ... picked up his
first three points of the year as part of a three-
game point streak (0g, 3a) from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31
... recorded assists versus Boston College and one
in each game of home series with Ohio State ... first
goal of the season came on Nov. 6 at Alaska in a
3-2 Irish win ... recorded assists versus Bowling
Green (Nov. 27), Michigan (Dec. 13) and North
Dakota (Jan. 3) before being injured on Jan. 15 in
5-2 win at home against Michigan State ... suffered
a knee injury that would sideline him for seven
games ... returned to action on Feb. 19 at Bowling
Green ... assisted on a goal in 5-3 win over Michigan
(Feb. 27) ... had the final goal of his career in 8-2
loss at Ohio State in game two of CCHA playoffs ...
had one goal in two postseason games.
AS A JUNIOR: Saw action in 38 of team's 40
games ... had career highs in every category -
goals (9), assists (7), points (16), power-play goals
(1), game winners (2) and shots (52) ... had 16
penalties for 32 minutes ... was +8 on the year ...
had two multiple-point games on the season ...
recorded first goal of the year in 3-0 win over
Sacred Heart (Oct. 18) ... had career-best, four-
game point streak (3g, 2a) and three-game goal
streak (3g, 1a) between Nov. 14 and Nov. 22 ...
scored one goal in each of the games of the Nov.
14-15 series versus Lake Superior State ... goal in
5-2 win on Nov. 15 was the game winner ...
equaled a career high with two points (1g, 1a) in
5-1 win versus Bowling Green (Nov. 21) ... closed
out streak with an assist in 9-1 victory over the
Falcons to close series ... recorded assists versus
Western Michigan (Nov. 29) and Bowling Green
(Dec. 13) to close out first half of season ... set up a
pair of goals by Garrett Regan in championship
game of the Shillelagh Tournament to help Notre
Dame to tourney title ... fifth goal of the season
came at Lake Superior State (Jan. 16) and was the
game winner in a 3-2 win over the Lakers ... went
four games without a point before scoring first
power-play goal of career in a 4-1 loss at Ohio
State (Feb. 8) ... seventh goal of the year came on
the road at Nebraska-Omaha (Feb. 20) in 4-3 over-
time victory ... closed the regular season with a
goal in 5-0 shutout of Michigan State in the home
finale on Feb. 27 ... scored his final goal of the sea-
son in the CCHA championship game, a 5-2 win
over Michigan ... in five postseason games had one goal and no assists.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in 26 games,
recording a pair of assists ... had 14 penalties
resulting in 28 minutes ... was +2 on the season ...
set up Justin White's goal at 9:20 of the second
period versus Rensselaer in the championship
game of the Rensselaer Holiday Tournament ...
goal cut R.P.I. lead to 3-2 in game Irish would win
4-3 ... assisted on Christian Hanson goal in second
period of CCHA third-place game against Northern
Michigan ... goal gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead on
the way to a 2-1 loss ... played in eight postseason
games with one assist.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in 21 games for
the Irish, scoring one goal and adding five assists
for six points ... picked up nine penalties for 18
minutes ... had 16 shots on goal and was +1 for the
season ... sat out the first nine games of the sea-
son, making his debut on Nov. 11 in 4-0 win over
Bowling Green ... scored first collegiate goal at 9:04
of the first period, giving Notre Dame a 2-0 lead ...
goal came in his first game on his first shot at the
collegiate level ... first Irish player to do that since
Tim Wallace `06 scored in his first game on the first
shot at Minnesota-Duluth (Oct. 11, 2002) ... picked
up his first assist the following week in 4-1 win
over Ohio State ... had first multiple-point game of
his career with two assists in 6-2 win at home ver-
sus Alaska on Dec. 3 ... final assist of the season
came in game one of CCHA quarterfinals against
Alaska on March 9 ... in two postseason games had
one assist for one point.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Peters
Township High School in McMurray, Pa. ... played
both baseball and hockey at Peters ... member of
two Pennsylvania State hockey championship
teams (`02 and `03) ... teammate of former Irish
player Christian Hanson at Peters in `01-'02 ... was
all-conference and all-city in `02-'03 ... member of
Team Pittsburgh in his junior and senior year ...
selected to play on high school all-star team (`02-
'03) ... played junior hockey for the Pittsburgh
Amateur Penguins and the Pittsburgh Hornets ...
teammate of Hanson's with the Hornets in 2002-
03 ... played three seasons with the USHL's Sioux
City Musketeers ... had seven goals and 11 assists
in his rookie year (2003-04) ... in second season,
helped Musketeers to second place in Western
Division, scoring seven goals and 15 assists for 22
points ... served as team captain of the 2005-06
Sioux City team ... posted best numbers of his
career with 24 goals (13th best in the USHL) and
14 assists for 38 points ... had eight power-play
goals and four game winners ... closed out his
career with four goals and one assist in his last two
games with two of the goals being game winners
... full name is Michel Christiaan Minella ... son of
Daniel and Melissa Minella ... born July 5, 1985 in
Cincinnati, Ohio ... graduated from Notre Dame
with a degree in marketing from the Mendoza
College of Business.