Second-seeded Irish survive 94-minute game to earn first NCAA tournament victory in program history.
Three-time monogram winner who will serve as alternate captain for his third season at Notre Dame ... tough, tenacious, hard-working player ... one of the team's leaders both on and off the ice ... excellent student who was hockey's Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award winner for 2005-06 ... selected to the CCHA scholar-athlete team for the `05-'06 season ... enjoys the physical aspects of the game ... strong on faceoffs ... gritty center iceman who plays in all situations for the Irish ... played in all 36 games as a junior with four goals and one assist for five points ... during his Notre Dame career has played in 112 games with 18 goals and 10 assists for 28 points ... has seven power-play goals, one short-handed goal and four game winners ... one of the CCHA's top penalty-killing forwards ... as a freshman, teamed with Michael Bartlett and T.J. Jindra to help the Irish set a team-best penalty-killing mark of .876 (22 ppgs on 174 chances) ... one of four players on the Notre Dame roster to play for Compuware, joining senior Josh Sciba, junior Evan Rankin and freshman Stewart Carlin ... joins Brian D'Arcy (Cleveland), Erik Condra (Texarkana), Brett Blatchford (Texas), Carlin (Compuware) and Tom O'Brien (Mahoning Valley) as NAHL alums ... one of seven Michigan natives on the roster along with Sciba (Westland), Rankin (Portage), Condra (Livonia), Justin White (Traverse City) and freshmen Blatchford (Temperance) and Kyle Lawson (New Hudson) ... member of Notre Dame's eight-man 2003 recruiting class that included five forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender ... verbally committed to Notre Dame in the fall of 2001 but waited until fall of 2002 to sign letter-of-intent along with Noah Babin, David Brown, Wes O'Neill and Sciba ... selected to Notre Dame's academic honors program ... Dean's List selection in the fall of 2003 and fall of `05.
AS A JUNIOR: Served as alternate captain for the second season in `05-'06 ... played in 36 games for the Irish ... scored four goals with one assist for five points ... had one game-tying goal (vs. Miami) ... had 17 penalties for 34 minutes ... recorded 42 shots on goal for a .095 shooting percentage ... was -8 for the year ... selected as Notre Dame's CCHA scholar-athlete of the year and winner of Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award for `05-'-06 ... went without a point for the first 12 games of the season and then had back-to-back games with goals versus Western Michigan ... cut a Bronco lead to 4-2 with an unassisted goal at 18:32 of the second period in 4-3 loss on Dec. 2 ... scored third Notre Dame goal in 3-0 win over the Broncos the following night at the Joyce Center ... helped the Irish rally from a 2-1 deficit with the game-tying goal at 18:24 of the third period for a 2-2 tie with third-ranked Miami ... lone assist came on an Evan Rankin goal in 3-2 loss to Michigan State on Feb. 3 ... scored the opening goal of the game in Notre Dame's 3-2 win over Ferris State on Feb. 11 ... did not score in two playoff games versus Alaska Fairbanks.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 37 of team's 38 games in 2004-05 ... had four goals and three assists for seven points ... scored three times on the power play and once short-handed ... had one game winner on the year ... was seventh on the team with 64 shots on goal ... second in penalty minutes with 65 on 27 infractions ... first goal of the season came in 4-1 home loss to Northern Michigan on Oct. 30 ... assisted on T.J. Jindra's game-winning goal in 3-2 win at Western Michigan on Nov. 13 ... notched game winner via the power play at Alaska Fairbanks in 3-2 win on Nov. 26 ... went without a point for nine games before picking up assists in back-to-back games against Ohio State and Michigan Tech ... third goal of the season was also his third on the power play in 4-3 loss to Ferris State ... closed the season with a short-handed goal in 9-2 loss to Michigan at Fort Wayne, Ind.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 39 games as a freshman, leading the Irish rookie class in scoring with 10 goals and six assists for 16 points ... scored four power-play goals and three game winners ... whistled for 16 penalties adding up to 32 minutes ... had 56 shots on goal to tie Aaron Gill for top shooting percentage (.179) ... was -6 for the year ... in 28 CCHA games had nine goals and six assists for 15 points ... recorded just two assists (vs. Bowling Green and Nebraska-Omaha) in first nine games before scoring first collegiate goal on Nov. 21 against Lake Superior ... gave Irish a 3-1 lead at 7:38 of the second period only to see the Lakers tie the game after two periods ... set up T.J. Jindra's game winner at 2:51 of the third in 5-3 Irish win ... goal and assist gave Paige first multiple-point game of career ... second goal of the year came on third-period power-play goal in 5-1 win over Northern Michigan ... scored again on Dec. 5 in 8-6 loss at Western Michigan ... put together two-game goal streak with goals in back-to-back games versus Bowling Green (Jan. 9-10) ... third-period goal in 5-4 overtime loss on Jan. 9 gave Irish a short-lived 4-3 lead ... first-period goal at 13:42 on Jan. 10 proved to be game winner in 3-0 shutout of the Falcons ... didn't score another goal until Jan. 31 when his first-period power-play goal gave the Irish a 1-0 lead in an eventual 2-2 tie versus Alaska Fairbanks ... turned in first two-goal game of career on Feb. 27 in 4-1 win over fourth-ranked Michigan ... first-period power-play tally was also the game winner ... added an assist in 5-2 win the following night for three-point weekend versus the Wolverines ... picked up third game-winning goal of the season in 2-1 win at Lake Superior in season finale ... win clinched home ice in the CCHA playoffs for Notre Dame for the first time since 1999-2000 ... had one goal in five postseason games and it was a big one ... got game-winning overtime goal in game three of first-round series to send Irish to Super Six at Joe Louis Arena.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Northville High School in Northville, Mich., while playing for the Compuware Ambassadors ... played three seasons (2000-03) with Compuware in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) ... was a teammate of current Irish freshman Stewart Carlin with the Ambassadors ... served as team captain of the `02-'03 Ambassadors ... helped team to second place in NAHL's Eastern Division with a 41-12-3 record ... Ambassadors lost in semifinals to Texas ... had nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points to go along with 206 minutes in penalties ... selected to the NAHL Top Prospects Team ... helped Ambassadors to the 2001-02 NAHL regular season and Robertson Cup (playoff) titles and the Gold Cup -- the United States Junior A championship ... had 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in 52 games while racking up 193 penalty minutes ... in his first season with Compuware, was a member of the Select 17 Junior Olympic Festival Team ... came up through the ranks of the HoneyBaked `84 AAA hockey club ... began playing for HoneyBaked in 1996-97 season for the Pee Wee team ... helped team to Michigan National Hockey League (MNHL) title, the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) state championship, the USA Hockey Tier 1 Pee Wee Major title and the Champion at Mondial World Champion-ship in Montreal ... moved up to the Midget Minor Club in 1999 and was team captain ... helped Michigan to MNHL league and playoff titles ... member of Grand Championship team at Kamloops International Tournament in Kamloops, B.C. ... drafted by the Toronto St. Michael's team of the Ontario Hockey League ... member of Select 15 and 16 teams at Junior Olympic Festival ... full name is Jason Howard Paige ... son of Bill and Donna Paige ... has one brother ... born Jan. 19, 1984, in Saginaw, Mich. ... finance major in the Mendoza College of Business.
Paige's Career Statistics
Paige's Career Bests
vs. Michigan (2g-0a; 2/27/04)
vs. Lake Superior (1g-1a; 11/21/03)
vs. Michigan (2/27/04)
5 Shots on Goal
vs. Northern Michigan (1/20/06)
vs. Michigan Tech (1/18/05)
vs. Lake Superior State (1/8/05)
vs. Northern Michigan (10/30/04)
vs. Bowling Green (1/10/04)
2-Game Point Streak
(2g-0a); Dec. 2-3, 2005
(vs. Western Michigan)
(0g-2a); Jan. 15-18, 2005
(vs. Ohio State and Michigan Tech)
(1g-1a); Nov. 13-26, 2004
(vs. Western Michigan and Alaska Fairbanks)
(2g-1a); Feb. 27-28, 2004
(2g-0a); Jan. 9-10, 2004
(vs. Bowling Green)
2-Game Goal Streak
(2g-0a); Dec. 2-3, 2005
(2g-0a); Jan. 9-10, 2004
(vs. Bowling Green)