The Irish come back from being down 3-0 to win the game 5-4.
Three-time monogram winner for the Irish ... hard-working defenseman who will serve as a leader of Notre Dame's young defensive corps along with Brock Sheahan ... tough, gritty defender who has battled injuries throughout his Irish hockey career ... tough, tenacious player with a great attitude and tremendous work ethic ... defensive-minded defenseman who is strong on his skates and makes good decisions with the puck ... strong in transition game, making quick first pass out of the defensive zone ... strong off ice leadership skills ... was selected to serve as president of Notre Dame's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a senior ... saw action in 17 games in 2006-07, picking up four assists on the year ... has now played in 71 career games with two goals and six assists for eight points ... played three seasons in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Green Bay Gamblers ... one of two former Gamblers on the Notre Dame roster along with sophomore Kevin Deeth ... one of 20 Irish players to play in the USHL ... one of five Illinois natives on the Notre Dame roster, joining fellow senior Brian D'Arcy (Western Springs), sophomores Dan Kissel (Crestwood) and Tom O'Brien (Mokena) and freshman Teddy Ruth (Naperville) ... signed a national letter-of-intent in early-signing period (Nov. `02) along with Luke Lucyk and Brock Sheahan.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 17 games, recording four assists on the season ... called for two penalties resulting in four penalty minutes ... took 12 shots on goal ... was +9 for the season ... held scoreless in first four games he played before going on a personal-best three-game point streak (0g, 3a) from Nov. 10 to Nov. 17 ... set up first-period goal by Ryan Thang in 5-2 win versus Bowling Green ... set up Erik Condra's game-winning goal the following night in 4-0 win over Falcons ... final assist came on Justin White's first career goal in 4-1 home win against Michigan State on Nov. 17 ... final assist of the season came on Jan. 5 when he helped set up Condra short-handed goal in 6-2 win versus Robert Morris in Pittsburgh.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 29 of Notre Dame's 36 games on the season ... missed first three games of the season due to a stress fracture suffered during the summer ... scored one goal with one assist for two points ... recorded 12 penalties for 24 minutes ... had 18 shots on goal ... had a -1 rating for the year ... picked up lone assist in a 2-2 tie at Miami on Jan. 13 ... scored Notre Dame's only goal of the post season when he gave the Irish a 1-0 lead at 13:31 of the first period in an eventual 3-1 loss to Alaska Fairbanks.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 25 of 38 games in 2004-05 ... recorded a goal and an assist for two points ... whistled off for 11 penalties for 22 minutes ... had 23 shots on goal ... played in the first 11 games of the season with one assist versus Western Michigan in 2-2 tie on Nov. 12 ... suffered a separated right shoulder the following night versus the Broncos and missed the next seven weeks (seven games) ... returned to the lineup on New Year's Day and played in the next 10 games ... scored first career goal on a breakaway versus Michigan Tech in Green Bay, Wis. ... suffered another shoulder injury on Jan. 29 versus Bowling Green and sat out the month of February, missing six games ... returned for the final two regular-season games versus Michigan State and the two CCHA playoff games versus Michigan.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Ashwaubenon High School in Green Bay ... spent his freshman year in high school at Adlai Stevenson High school in Illinois ... played three years with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers .... alternate captain for the Gamblers in 2003-04 ... had two goals and two assists for four points to go with two minutes in penalties ... named to the USHL's Viking Cup all-star team made up of Under 20 Tier I players ... in 2002-03, injured his knee in opening game of the season, but returned in February to play in final eight games of the season, notching a goal and an assist ... as a 16-year old in 2001-02, played in 60 games for the Gamblers, scoring three goals with nine assists for 12 points ... named to Central District Select 16 and 17 teams and was a member of the U.S. Select Under 18 team that played in the Eight Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic ...full name is Daniel J. VeNard ... son of Jim and Joanne VeNard ... has one sister ... father played college hockey at St. Nobert's ... grandfather Vincent Manna played college football at Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.) ... is the nephew of former Boston Celtic player and coach Tom Heinsohn who played his college basketball at Holy Cross ... born Oct. 5, 1985, in Winfield, Ill. ... history and political science major in the College of Arts and Letters.