Jan. 5, 2018
By Dan Colleran
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The top-ranked Notre Dame hockey team picked up from where it left off before the semester break and used a pair of power-play goals to defeat Michigan, 2-1, on Friday night at the Yost Ice Arena (5,800).
The win, which came on Red Berenson Rink Dedication Night, was Notre Dame's 14th-consecutive victory, a streak that dates back to October 27. The Irish improved to 11-0-0 in Big Ten play and to 9-0-0 on the road.
Freshman defenseman Matt Hellickson scored his first career goal just under five minutes into the first period and Andrew Oglevie scored his eighth of the year, also on the power play, five minutes later to stake the Irish to a 2-0 lead.
Michigan's Tony Calderone cut it to a 2-1 game with four minutes left in the first but that was as close as the Wolverines (8-9-2, 3-5-2-1 B1G) would get.
Fighting Irish (17-3-1, 11-0-0-0 B1G) sophomore goaltender Cale Morris stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced to help the Irish to their 17th win of the season. Oglevie's tally proved to be his fourth game winner of the season.
Notre Dame finished 2-for-2 on the power play, while Michigan was 0-for-1.
NOTRE DAME GOALS
1-0 | Matt Hellickson got the Irish on the board at 4:44 of the first period when he crashed the net and forced home a rebound for his first career goal, which was scored on the power play. Cam Morrison and Cal Burke each had chances on goal to earn the assists.
2-0 | Andrew Oglevie gave the Irish a 2-0 lead at 9:55 of the first when he one-timed a Dylan Malmquist no look pass from behind the net high past Hayden Lavigne for his eighth goal of the season. Jordan Gross also had an assist on the power-play tally.
- Jordan Gross skated in the 140th consecutive game of his Irish
career (dating back to the first game of his freshman season).
- Jake Evans skated in his 112th consecutive game dating back to
his freshman season.
- Notre Dame improved to 9-0-1 when tied after one period of play and
to 13-1-0 when leading after two periods of play.
- Notre Dame is on a 14-game winning streak, which is the longest active winning streak in the country.
- It is the longest Fighting Irish winning streak under head coach Jeff Jackson and the longest winning streak during a season in which Notre Dame competed in an NCAA Div. I conference.
- The only other times Notre Dame won at least 14 games in a row occurred during the 1983-84 season (15 consecutive wins from Nov. 4, 1983 - Jan. 21, 1984) and the 1987-88 season (14 consecutive wins from Dec. 11, 1987 - Feb. 13, 1988).
- The Irish competed under club status for the 1983-84 season and then
were an independent during the 1987-88 season.
- Jackson's longest career winning streak came with Lake Superior
State when his team won 15 consecutive games from Jan. 19 - March 9, 1991, as
part of a 28-game unbeaten stretch by the Lakers.
- Notre Dame is also 11-0-0-0 in conference play this season, making
it the first Big Ten team ever to win its first 11 conference contests of the
Season (the Fighting Irish also bested the previous best start to league play posted by Minnesota when it started 2013-14 with a 10-game unbeaten streak at 8-0-2-0).
- The Fighting Irish are the only team in the country without a road loss this season (9-0-0).
- Andrew Oglevie (2-3-5) and Dylan Malmquist (2-3-5) extended their point streaks to four games.
Notre Dame and Michigan will close out their weekend home-and-home series at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7 at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The game will be televised by NBCSN.
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Dan Colleran, Director of Athletics Communications at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men's hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College ('06 & '08G).