The Notre Dame Men's Hockey team beat Ohio State, 3-1, at the Joyce Athletic Center on October 31st.
Four-time monogram winner at Notre Dame ... served as team
captain as a senior in 2009-10 ... was an alternate captain as a
junior ... one of Notre Dame's all-time top "clutch" goal scorers
during his career ... selected in third round, 81st overall in 2007
NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators ... signed with
Nashville following the 2009-10 season and finished the year
with the Predator's top farm team, the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals
... as a senior was second in scoring for the Irish with nine goals
and 14 assists for 23 points ... in four seasons at Notre Dame
played in 159 games with 57 goals and 58 assists for 115 career
points to rank 34th on all-time points list ... had 27 career power-
play goals (5th all-time), five short-handed goals (t10th all-time)
and 14 game winners (first all-time).
AS A SENIOR: Played in 37 games during his senior season
and finished second in scoring with nine goals and 14 assists for
23 points ... was second on squad with six power-play goals ...
had one short-handed goal and one game winner on the year ...
whistled for 22 penalties resulting in 55 minutes ... served as
team captain as a senior ... one of 20 national nominees for the
Lowes Senior CLASS Award ... started the year with points in each
of his first three games ... scored first goal of the year on the
power play in 3-2 loss to Providence (Oct. 15) ... second goal of
the year came via the power play and was his 50th career goal in
3-2 win at Alaska (Nov. 6) ... became 45th player in Notre Dame
history to reach 100 points in career with an assist on an Ian Cole
power-play goal in 4-2 loss to Ferris State (Jan. 10) ... scored twice
(ppg, gwg) in 5-2 win over Michigan State (Jan. 15) ... game win-
ner was 14th of his career and made Thang the school's all-time
leader in that department ... followed with another two-goal
game (2 ppg) in 4-4 overtime game at Michigan State (Jan. 16) ...
registered a goal and two assists in 6-1 win at Lake Superior State
(Jan. 22) ... assist was 50th of career and made him 30th player in
Notre Dame history with 50 goals and 50 assists in a career ... final
goal of the year was a short-handed tally in 4-3 loss at Bowling
Green (Feb. 20) ... had one assist in two postseason games.
AS A JUNIOR: Served as one of Notre Dame's assistant
captains during 2008-09 ... played in 33 of the team's 40 games,
missing the first seven games of his career with a high ankle
sprain ... had played 117 consecutive games in his career before
the injury ... scored 10 goals with nine assists for 19 points with
four power-play goals, one short-handed marker and two game
winners .... had 18 penalties for 36 penalty minutes ... was +9 on
the season ... recorded a three-point (2g, 1a) weekend in home-
opening weekend against Sacred Heart ... scored a pair of goals
(ppg, shg) in 7-0 win over Sacred Heart on Oct. 18 ... had one goal
and one assist in the weekend sweep at Northern Michigan (Oct.
31-Nov. 1) ... fourth goal of the season (eng) sealed the 4-1 win at
Providence on Nov. 8 ... fifth goal of the year was a power-play
goal that tied the game 3-3 versus Western Michigan (Nov. 29) ...
went without a point until Jan. 3 when he scored third goal of
the game in 3-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth in Shillelagh
Tournament title game ... scored a power-play game winner in
2-0 win over Alaska (Jan. 9) and followed that with a goal and an
assist in 3-0 win over Nanooks the following night ... had a goal
and an assist in weekend series with Michigan, assisting on a
goal in 2-1 loss at the Joyce Center before coring on a penalty
shot in 3-2 win at Yost Arena ... suffered a high ankle sprain on
Feb. 6 at Ohio State in 4-3 overtime win against Buckeyes ...
returned to the lineup on March 13 for second round of CCHA
playoffs versus Nebraska-Omaha ... scored once in 5-0 victory at
the Joyce Center ... added assists versus Northern Michigan and
Michigan in the CCHA championship tournament ... in five post-
season games, had one goal and two assists for three points.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in all 47 games for the Irish,
scoring 18 goals with 14 assists for 32 points ... led team in goals
and was second in points ... tied for team lead with seven power-
play goals, was second with two short-handed markers and led
squad with five game winners ... had 24 penalties for 48 minutes
... was +7 for the year ... first goal of the season (ppg) came in 4-0
win over Mercyhurst in third-place game of Lefty McFadden
Invitational ... notched game-tying goal late in win against
Denver (Oct. 18) ... scored second power-play goal of the season
(lone Irish goal) in 3-1 loss to Denver ... picked up first game win-
ner of the year (fourth goal) in 3-2 win at Ferris State (Oct. 26) ...
had a first-period, power-play goal to spark 7-3 home win
against Lake Superior (Nov. 1) ... scored once in each game of
Irish sweep of Western Michigan (Nov. 16-17) ... recorded first
multiple-point game of the year with a goal (gwg) and an assist
in 4-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville at Rensselaer Holiday
Tournament ... scored game winner in championship game ver-
sus R.P.I. with just under four minutes remaining in the game ...
selected tournament MVP with two game-winning goals and an
assist ... picked up first short-handed goal of the season and 10th
goal of the year in 5-0 win against Nebraska-Omaha (Dec. 1) ...
had three points (1g, 2a) in the Lightning College Hockey Classic
... scored game-tying goal with 38 seconds remaining in 1-1 tie
with the Spartans at the Joyce Center (Jan. 13) ... equalled a
career best with a three-point game (2ppg, 1a) in 6-1 home win
against Bowling Green (Jan. 25) ... had fifth game-winning goal
of the year in a 2-1 win at Alaska (Feb. 15) ... closed the regular
season with a goal and an assist in 3-1 win against Western
Michigan (March 1) ... helped Notre Dame upset New Hampshire
in opening game of West Regional with a goal and two assists for
second three-point game of the year in 7-3 win over the Wildcats
... had a goal and an assist in 5-4 overtime win in Frozen Four
semifinal win over Michigan ... scored a short-handed goal that
gave Notre Dame a 3-0 lead ... in nine postseason games had two
goals and five assists for seven points.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 42 games, scoring 20 goals
and 21 assists for 42 points ... led the Irish with 10 power-play goals and six game winners ... also had one short-handed tally ...
equaled Dave Poulin's (`82) mark for 10 power-play goals by a
freshman (set in `78-'79) ... selected to CCHA all-rookie team and
was a finalist for CCHA rookie-of-the-year honors ... was named
Notre Dame's rookie-of-the-year ... tied for eighth on all-time
points list for freshmen with Ian Williams who had 41 points in
1970-71 ... got career off to a fast start with a goal and an assist
versus Minnesota State (Oct. 12) ... had first two-goal (ppg, gwg)
game of the year in 7-1 win over No. 1 Boston College (Oct. 20)
... scored once in 3-0 win over Army ... had career-high three-
point game (2g, 1a) in 5-2 win over Bowling Green, collecting
second game-winning goal ... had goals in back-to-back games
in sweep of Alaska (Dec. 2-3) ... had a four-game goal streak from
Jan. 5-Jan. 13 scoring once in each game of series versus Robert
Morris and Lake Superior State ... picked up third two-goal game
of the year on Jan. 25 in 4-1 win over Miami ... had a season-high
11-game point streak (4g, 9a) from Feb. 9 through March 23 ...
scored the game-winning goal in 1-0 win at Alaska on Feb. 16 in
game that clinched the CCHA regular-season title ... had one
goal against Alaska in second game of CCHA quarterfinal series
... final two-goal game of the season came on March 23 in NCAA
tournament against Alabama-Huntsville ... got game-winning
power-play goal at 15:18 of second overtime to give Notre
Dame a 3-2 win, the progam's first ever NCAA tournament win ...
finished the postseason with three goals and four assists in six
games ... selected to the NCAA all-Midwest Regional team.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Edina High School in
Edina, Minn. ... helped Edina to Classic Lakes Conference title as
a sophomore with 20 goals and 19 assists for 39 points ... was
team MVP as a junior after leading conference in scoring with 20
goals and 23 assists ... was named all-Classic Lakes Conference
and all-state following his junior year ... earned Edina Scholar-
Athlete honors following his senior year ... a member of Team
Minnesota's Under-16 and 17 teams ... served as captain of 2003
U.S. Select-17 team that won the gold medal at the Five Nations
Tournament in Slovakia during August of 2003 ... selected by
Sioux Falls Stampede with the second pick of the USHL Futures
Draft (2003) ... played first season in USHL with the Stampede,
collecting nine goals and 22 assists for 31 points ... split the 2005-
06 season between Sioux Falls (8g-14a, in 32 games) and Omaha
(15g-15a in 25 games), finishing the year with 23 goals and 29
assists for 52 points ... full name is Ryan William Thang ... son of
Mark and Wendy Thang ... born May 11, 1987 in Chicago, Ill. ...
graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in finance from the
Mendoza College of Business.