The Notre Dame men's hockey team defeated Alaska 5-4 at Compton Family Ice Arena on November 11.
Three-time monogram winner for the Irish ... hard-working center iceman who was a team leader with a great attitude and tremendous character ... winner of the Charles "Lefty" Smith Coaches Award that goes to the unsung hero of the Notre Dame hockey program, the player who is unheralded, has overcome adversity and shows commitment to his teammates, Notre Dame hockey and the Notre Dame hockey program ... award is named after first coach in the program's modern history ... had a career year as a senior in 2011-12, playing in 32 games with two goals and five assists for seven points ... saw action in 80 games over four seasons, scoring three goals with seven assists for 10 points ... had 10 penalties for 20 minutes ... product of the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... one of 29 players from the USNTDP to have played at Notre Dame since the program started ... one of 11 players all-time from the Pittsburgh area to play hockey at Notre Dame, joining Stephen Johns (`10-'12), Christiaan Minella (`06-'10), Christian Hanson (`05-'09), Stewart Carlin (`06-'08), Mike Leherr (`86-90), Tom Mooney (`84-'88), Tom Myers (`68-'69), Tom Parent (`84-'85) and John Roselli (`68-'71).
AS A SENIOR: Played in 32 games as a senior and had career highs in goals (2), assists (5) and points (7) ... had one game-winning goal ... took 33 shots on goal ... was called for four penalties, good for eight minutes ... was -6 for the year ... selected by the Notre Dame coaching staff as the winner of Notre Dame's Charles "Lefty" Smith Coaches Award as the program's unsung hero ... picked up first point of the year in 5-3 win at Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 8) ... scored his first goal of the season on Oct. 14 in 5-3 win over Ohio State at the Joyce Center ... had points in back-to-back games at Bowling Green ... picked up an assist in 3-1 win on Oct. 28 and then scored the game-winning goal in the third period, whipping a Peter Schneider feed from the slot past goaltender Andrew Hammond at 11:59 of the third period for his second goal of the year ... picked up assists in 5-4 win over Alaska (Nov. 11), at Lake Superior State (Nov. 26) and versus Boston University (Jan. 14) ... did not score in three postseason games.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in two games for the Irish in 2010-11 and did not score any points ... was -2 in limited action ... saw action on Oct. 10 versus Boston University in the Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. ... also played versus Michigan State on Nov. 20 at the Joyce Center ... did not play in any postseason games.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 31 games for the Irish in 2009-10 ... scored one goal with no assists for one point ... whistled for three penalties, resulting in six minutes of penalty time ... was -11 on the season ... took 22 shots on goal ... scored first goal of his collegiate career on Jan. 22 in a 6-1 win at Lake Superior State ... goal came at 6:34 of the second period when he snapped a wrist shot over Lakers' goaltender Brian Mahoney-Wilson to make it a 3-1 game ... goal set off an Irish run of three goals in a span of 2:59 on the way to a 5-1 lead ... also had a career-best three shots in that win at Lake Superior ... held scoreless in two postseason games at Ohio State
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 15 games for Notre Dame in the `08-'09 season ... had two assists to go with three penalties for six minutes ... was +1 on the year ... first collegiate game came in the season opener - the College Hockey Hall of Fame game - at Denver where he picked up two minutes in penalties ... first collegiate point came on Dec. 6 when he helped set up Dan Kissel's lone goal of the night in a 1-0 win at Ferris State ... second point came on Feb. 27 when he assisted on Justin White's first-period goal, giving the Irish a 2-0 lead on the way to a 5-0 win over Michigan State.
WITH USA HOCKEY: Spent two seasons with the U.S. National Team Developmental Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... was a key face-off man and penalty killer for the Under-18 team in 2007-08 ... recorded eight goals with 19 assists for 27 points in 56 games while serving as an alternate captain ... member of bronze medal team at the Under-18 World Championships in Kazan, Russia ... with Under-17 team in 2006-07 had 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points in 66 games ... captained the 2006 U.S. Under-17 White team at the Three Nations Tournament ... participated in USA Hockey Select Festivals since 2004.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Upper St. Clair High School in Upper St. Clair, Pa. ... also attended Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., while playing for U.S. National program ... product of the Pittsburgh Hornets Midget program where he led the team in scoring with 29 goals and 72 assists for 101 points in 86 games ... full name is Patrick Joseph Gaul ... son of Joseph and Margaret Gaul ... has one brother and three sisters ... brother, Joe, played college hockey at Dartmouth ... sister, Meghan played lacrosse at Rensselaer ... father is longtime coach of the Pittsburgh Hornets Midget AAA program ... born in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... graduated with a degree in finance from Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business in May of 2012.