Onward To Victory provides a look back at the history of Notre Dame Hockey and behind-the-scenes access to the Fighting Irish as they prepare for the Compton Family Ice Arena dedication game against rival Boston College.
Notre Dame Men's Ice Hockey wins advance to the CCHA Semifinals at Joe Lewis Arena after defeating Bowing Green 4-3.
Earned his second monogram during his sophomore year at Notre Dame ... has the skill and ability to be a top-six forward for the Irish ... has developed into a strong penalty killer in his first two seasons ... deceptive playmaker with excellent speed and great hands ... will look to become more consistent and more of a factor in the Notre Dame offensive attack ... smart player who plays the game at both ends of the ice ... has the ability to set up plays and finish ... owns a strong, accurate shot ... will look to have more of a physical presence around the net, scoring goals in the "dirty" areas ... played in all 40 games in 2011-12 with five goals and six assists for 11 points ... in two seasons at Notre Dame has played in 80 games with 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points ... joined the Irish after spending two seasons with USA Hockey's National Team Developmental Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... selected in the third round, 80th overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft ... was ranked 80th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their final draft ratings ... invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp held at Lake Placid, N.Y., following the `09-'10 and `10-'11 campaigns ... one of seven USNTDP alums on the current roster and one of 31 alums to play hockey at Notre Dame ... one of four Michigan natives on the roster along with fellow juniors Joe Rogers (Marysville) and Mike Voran (Livonia) and freshman Andy Ryan (Brighton) ... signed in the early-signing period (Nov. of `09) along with forwards Jeff Costello, David Gerths, Anders Lee, Garrett Peterson and T.J. Tynan plus defensemen Stephen Johns and Jarred Tinordi.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in all 40 of Notre Dame's games during the 2011-12 season ... scored five goals with six assists for 11 points ... had one game-winning goal and one game-tying goal ... picked up seven penalties for 14 minutes ... was -2 on the season ... had a four-game goal streak (4g, 0a) from Nov. 18 to Nov. 26 ... collected assists in two of his first three games at Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 7) and at home versus Ohio State (Oct. 14) ... was held off the score sheet until Nov. 5 at Northern Michigan when he scored Notre Dame's only goal in a 1-1 tie with the Wildcats ... got on his goal-scoring streak beginning on Nov. 18 when he scored the game-winning goal with 1.1 seconds left in overtime in the 3-2 win over Boston College in the "Dedication Game" for the Compton Family Ice Arena ... scored the game-tying goal at 13:49 of the third period just four days later (Nov. 22) as the Irish rallied for a 2-2 tie at Western Michigan ... ran the goal streak to four games as he scored a goal in each game of the series at Lake Superior State (Nov. 25-26), giving him five goals in the first 16 games of the season ... chipped in four assists the remainder of the year with single-point games versus Boston University (Dec. 31), versus Western Michigan (Jan. 13) versus Michigan (Jan. 20) and in the 4-2 win over Ohio State in the first round of the CCHA playoffs ... saw action in four postseason games with one assist for one point.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 40 of teams' 44 games during 2010-11, missing four games due to injury ... had six goals and 13 assists for 19 points ... chipped in one short-handed goal ... collected two penalties for four minutes ... was +10 for the season ... had one multiple-goal game and four games with two or more points ... scored first collegiate point and goal in 5-4 loss to Boston University in championship game of the Warrior Ice Breaker Classic ... goal came short-handed ... picked up first assist in 4-2 win over Lake Superior (Oct. 15) ... turned in career-best three-point game (2g, 1a) in 5-4 come-from-behind win at Miami (Dec. 3) ... sparked Irish comeback with goal that cut lead to 2-1 in second period ... put Notre Dame ahead with second goal in third and then helped set up T.J. Tynan game winner with under three minutes left ... had a two-point night (1g, 1a) in 10-2 win over Canisius (Dec. 29) ... turned in a four-point weekend in sweep at Bowling Green (Feb. 11-12) ... scored a goal and an assist in 2-1 win (Feb. 11) and then added two assists in 5-1 win following night ... sixth goal of the season came in game three win over Lake Superior State in CCHA second-round series ... played in eight postseason games with one goal and three assists for four points.
WITH USA HOCKEY: Invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp following the `09-'10 and `10-'11 seasons ... played two seasons for the U.S. National Program ... in `08-'09, played in 67 games with the Under-17 team, scoring nine goals with 13 assists for 22 points with 26 penalty minutes ... in `09-10 was with the Under-18 team and finished sixth on the team in scoring with 26 goals and 26 assists for 52 points in 65 games ... had 24 minutes in penalties with five power-play goals, two short-handed tallies and led the team with seven game winners ... member of 2010 Under-18 team that won gold medal at Under-18 World Championships in Belarus ... in seven games, scored four goals with four assists for eight points.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., while playing for the U.S. National Team program ... played his midget hockey with the Honeybaked AAA program in `07-'08 ... played in 68 games with 44 goals and 48 assists for 92 points ... full name is Bryan Peter Rust ... son of Steve and Betsy Rust ... has one brother, Matt, and one sister, Erika ... brother, Matt, played hockey at Michigan, graduating in 2011 and also is an alum of the U.S. National program ... born in Pontiac, Mich. ... finance major in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.