The Notre Dame man's ice hockey team takes on the visiting Michigan State Spartans. The Irish won in a shut-out, 5-0.
Four-time monogram winner for the Irish ... hard- working left wing with tremendous speed and out- standing one-on-one ability ... tenacious forechecker who was one of team's top penalty killers during his career ... did not miss a game as a senior, playing in all 38 contests with four goals and four assists for eight points ... in four seasons at Notre Dame, played in 140 games with 25 goals and 32 assists for 57 points, including three short-handed markers and eight game-winning goals ... winner of the team's most improved player award for the 2007-08 season ... joined the Irish after spending two seasons with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League (USHL).
AS A SENIOR: Saw action in all 38 games during his senior year ... had four goals and four assists for eight points ... picked up one power-play goal, one short- handed and one game winner ... whistled for eight penalties and 16 minutes ... member of penalty-killing unit that was ranked seventh in the nation, killing 86.2% for the year ... scored first goal of the season in a 3-2 loss at home to Providence (Oct. 15) ... second goal of the year was a power-play, game-winning goal in 3-1 win versus Ohio State (Oct. 30) ... went 18 games without a point until scoring his third goal of the season, short- handed in a 5-2 home win versus Michigan State (Jan. 15) ... final goal of the season came in regular-season finale, a 5-3 home victory on Senior Night versus Michigan (Feb. 27) ... held scoreless in two postseason games.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 37 of the team's 40 games during the 2008-09 season ... scored six goals with 11 assists for 17 point ... chipped in a pair of power-play goals and had two game winners ... whistled down for seven penalties resulting in 14 penalty minutes ... was +8 on the year ... had three multiple-point games ... first multi-point game came in 7-0 win over Sacred Heart (Oct. 18) ... scored first goal of the season on Oct. 31, a power-play goal in a 3-2 win over the Wildcats ... had two assists over the next seven games (versus Boston College and Bowling Green) before getting second goal of the year, the game winner in a 1-0 win over Ferris State (Dec. 6) ... redirected a Patrick Gaul centering pass for the lone goal ... put together a two-game goal streak (2g, 1a) with a goal in 4-3 win over Bowling Green (Dec. 13) and fol- lowed with a goal and an assist in 3-1 win over Union in the opening game of the Shillelagh Tournament ... did not pick up a point again until Feb. 13, when he assisted on two Irish goals in a 9-5 win over the Wildcats ... had a career-best five-game point streak (1g, 4a) between Feb. 21 and Mar. 14 ... scored fifth goal of the season, the game winner in 1-0 win at Nebraska-Omaha ... picked up one assist in each game of Michigan State series to close regular season then added one assist in both games of CCHA second-round series with Nebraska-Omaha ... closed the season with Notre Dame's only goal in 5-1 loss to Bemidji State in opening round game of the NCAA Tournament ... in five postseason games, had a goal and two assists.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Turned in a breakout season in 2007-08, playing in 43 games with nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points ... scored one short-handed goal and added two game winners ... had nine penalties for 18 minutes ... finished fourth on the team with a +11 ... key member of Irish penalty-killing unit that finished third in the nation ... winner of Notre Dame's most improved player award ... missed the first three games of the sea- son with an injury but returned to the lineup in game two of the home series with Denver (Oct. 19) ... first goal of the season was a big one as it was the game-winning goal in Notre Dame's 2-1 win at top-ranked Miami (Nov. 9) ... had a goal and an assist in the Western Michigan sweep (Nov. 16-17) ... put the Irish ahead to stay at 2:21 of the third period, 4-3, in 5-4 victory against Nebraska- Omaha ... had a career-high four-point game (2g, 2a) in 7-0 shutout at Princeton (Dec. 8) ... second goal of the game was short-handed and gave Notre Dame a 3-0 lead ... game started him on a four-game point streak (3g, 4a) ... picked up an assist in 3-1 win over Rensselaer (Dec. 30) ... scored lone Notre Dame goal in 2-1 loss at Northern Michigan (Jan. 4) ... closed streak with an assist on Christian Hanson's game winner in 2-1 win over the Wildcats ... had a goal and an assist in series versus Ohio State ... went pointless in four straight games before scoring his eighth goal of the season against Ferris State in game three of CCHA second round ... goal came at 2:31 of first period and gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead on the way to a 2-1 victory and a trip to the CCHA finals at Joe Louis Arena ... scored the game-winning goal in the first game of the West Regional versus New Hampshire with a brilliant individual effort goal that gave the Irish a 4-2 lead on the way to a 7-3 win ... with his teammates in a line change, he carried the puck deep into the Wildcat zone along the left wing boards ... from there he pro- ceded to stickhandle through three defenders and fired a shot inside the left post at 9:53 for his ninth goal of the year ... assisted on Kevin Deeth goal that put Notre Dame ahead 4-3 in Frozen Four semifinal win against Michigan ... in nine postseason games had two goals and two assists.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in 22 games, scoring six goals with three assists for nine points ... two goals came on the power play, one was short-handed and three were game winners ... called for eight penalties resulting in 16 penalty minutes ... had 36 shots on goal and was +5 for the year ... recorded first collegiate point with an assist in season opener against Minnesota State on Oct. 12 ... scored first collegiate goal and hat trick in 6-1 win at Providence on Oct. 21 ... scored a first-period power-play goal to open the scoring, added an even- strength goal early in the second period for the game- winning goal and closed the night with a short-handed goal late in the third for the 6-1 final ... picked up second game winner in 4-2 win at Nebraska-Omaha (Nov. 24) ... had back-to-back assists in games versus Alaska (12/2) and Northern Michigan (12/31) ... third game-winning goal came in 4-1 win at home versus Miami as he scored second goal of the game at 4:54 of first period ... scored final goal of the season in 3-2 win at Bowling Green (Feb. 2) ... did not see action in the postseason.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights, Ill. ... played junior hockey on Team Illinois and for Mission AAA, playing on three Illinois state championship teams ... was an alter- nate captain on Team Illinois in `04-'05 ... played 18 games in his first season with Chicago Steel, getting a goal and four assists for five points ... finished third in team scoring in 2005-06 with the Steel as he scored 17 goals with 27 assists for 44 points ... goal totals include four power-play goals and one game winner ... partici- pated in the USHL Prospects/All-Star game ... full name is Daniel Thomas Kissel ... son of Dave Kissel and Joyce Renardo ... has one brother and two sisters ... born Jan. 25, 1987 in Oak Lawn, Ill. .. graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in political science.