The Irish hockey team was victorious over Bowling Green at the Compton Family Ice Arena on March 2nd on senior night.
Has earned three monograms during his Notre Dame hockey career ... has changed his number from 26 to number 17 for his senior year ... big, physical forward with a strong shot and a quick release ... gives the Irish a physical presence in front of the net ... battled injuries as a junior and will look to bounce back this season ... will play an important role for the Irish in the locker room ... one of four seniors on the team who has become one of the team leaders off the ice ... uses his size to drive to the net or out of the corners to create offense ... can be a factor in the success of the Notre Dame attack as a senior ... most effective when he plays with a physical edge to his game ... saw action in 35 games as a junior, scoring five goals with three assists for eight points ... for his career, has played in 113 games with 21 goals and 17 assists for 38 points ... has four power-play goals and five game winners ... came to Notre Dame after playing two seasons for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) ... was a teammate of former Irish captain Billy Maday in `07-'08 with the Black Hawks ... selected in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames ... one of four Minnesota natives on the Notre Dame roster along with junior Anders Lee (Edina) and freshmen Steven Fogarty (Edina) and Mario Lucia (Plymouth) ... one of 17 former USHL players on the Notre Dame roster ... signed in the early-signing period (fall of 2008) along with Sam Calabrese, Kyle Palmieri and Riley Sheahan.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 35 of Notre Dame's 40 games during 2011-12 ... scored five goals with three assists for eight points ... added one power-play goal and one game winner ... led the Irish with 23 penalties for 73 minutes ... was -7 for the year ... first goal of the season came in 5-3 win at Minnesota Duluth, Notre Dame's first win of the year ... did not score again until Nov. 25 when he scored first goal of the game in a 4-1 win at Lake Superior State that extended Irish unbeaten streak to 11 games (8-0-3) ... third goal of the year came in the 9-2 home loss to Northeastern (Dec. 2) ... had goals in back-to-back games (Jan. 28 and Feb. 3) ... scored a power-play goal in 4-2 Notre Dame win at Alaska ... followed that with a game winner in 2-1 win at Bowling Green ...missed final two regular-season games versus Michigan State, the first-round CCHA playoff series with Ohio State and the first game of the Michigan series with an injury ... did return to play in final playoff game of the season, a 3-1 loss at Michigan (March 9) ... had no points in one postseason game.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 43 of the team's 44 games, scoring 10 goals with nine assists for 19 points, all career highs ... had two power-play goals and two game winners ... whistled for 21 penalties resulting in 42 minutes ... was +5 for the season ... one of six players to score 10 or more goals for the Irish ... had one multiple-goal game and three with two or more points ... opened the season with a goal (ppg, gwg) and an assist in 6-3 win over Holy Cross in opening game of the Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament ... followed that with two goals against Boston University in 5-4 loss to the Terriers in the Ice Breaker title game (Oct. 10) ... ran scoring streak to three games with an assist in 4-2 home-opening win versus Lake Superior (Oct. 14) ... fourth goal of the season came in 3-1 win at Michigan (Nov. 12) ... had a goal (ppg) and an assist in 5-2 victory versus Northern Michigan (Dec. 12) ... notched game-winning goal in 2-1 home win versus Alaska (Jan. 14) ... had goals in back-to-back games of a series sweep versus Ferris State ... scored once in 3-1 win on Feb. 18 ... picked up second goal of weekend in 5-2 victory on Feb. 19 versus the Bulldogs ... final goal of the season came in 4-3 loss to Lake Superior in game two of CCHA second round contest ... played in eight postseason games, scoring one goal with two assists for three points.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 35 of the team's 38 games as a rookie ... scored six goals with five assists for 11 points ... had one power-play marker with two game-winning goals ... whistled for 18 penalties resulting in 47 minutes ... was -11 on the year ... had 58 shots on goal with a .103 shooting percentage ... first career goal was the game-winning goal in 2-0 shutout of Providence College (Oct. 16) when he came out from behind the net and tucked a wrist shot under the cross bar at 10:13 of the second period ... held off the score sheet for 14 games before striking with his second goal of the year, another game winner in a 2-0 shutout of Michigan (Dec. 13) ... had a career-best two-goal and three-point game (2g, 1a) in a 5-2 win over Michigan State (Jan. 15) ... followed with an assist in the 4-4 tie the following day for a four-point weekend ... fifth goal of the season was Notre Dame's lone goal in a 1-1 tie at Lake Superior State (Jan. 23) ... got his final goal of the season on the power play in 3-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha (Jan. 30) ... hammered a centering pass in the slot from Ryan Thang past Mavericks' goaltender John Faulkner ... assisted on an Irish goal in the 8-2 loss to Ohio State in game two of the CCHA playoffs ... in two postseason games had one assist.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Waterloo West High School in Waterloo, Iowa ... also attended St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, Minn. (2005-07) and Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minn. ... played three years of high school hockey, helping St. Thomas to the 2006 Minnesota State Class A championship with a third-place finish the following season ... was captain of Cadets and an all-conference selection as a junior ... selected in the first round (fifth overall) by Waterloo in the 2006 USHL Entry Draft ... spent two seasons with the Black Hawks (2007-09) ... was seventh in scoring in `08-'09 with 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points ... 11 goals came on the power play and two were game winners ... led Waterloo with 144 minutes in penalties ... played for gold-medal winning Team USA in the 2008 World Junior A Challenge ... in `07-'08, finished the year fourth in scoring with 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points in 57 games ... had 12 power-play goals and one game winner while accumulating 66 minutes in penalties ... played for Team USA in the 2007 World Junior A Challenge ... selected to play in the USHL Prospects/All-Star game in `08 and `09 ... full name is Nick Christopher Larson ... son of Dan and Michelle Larson and stepmother, Sandy ... has four brothers ... born in St. Paul, Minn. ... political science major in Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters.