November 6, 1998
BOSTON, Mass. - The Notre Dame hockey team used three second-period goals to claim a 5-2 lead before seeing No. 1-ranked Boston College rally for three goals in a three-minute span, in front of a spirited crowd of 7,770 at the Conte Forum.
Notre Dame received goals from five different players while seeing its renewed power play account for three goals. The Irish held a 32-28 edge in shots but failed to light the lamp in the final 30 minutes.
Each member of the first forward line-junior center Ben Simon, senior left wing Aniket Dhadphale and senior right wing Brian Urick-accounted for the first three Notre Dame goals, with sophomore left wing Dan Carlson and sophomore right wing Matt Van Arkel rounding out the scoring.
Boston College jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before overcoming deficits of 3-1 and 5-2, with senior left wing Andy Powers capping the game-tying rally midway through the final period. Second-year BC goalie Scott Clemmensen made nine third-period saves and two in OT, after giving up five goals in the first 34 minutes.
BC junior left wing Jeff Farkas opened the scoring at 5:28, converting the Eagles' first power-play chance. The Irish tied the game on the power play later in the period, when Urick sent a tape-to-tape lead pass for Simon, who skated in from the right side and nudged a backhanded shot on net that was batted by Clemmensen and tipped back in to the net by BC sophomore defenseman Bobby Allen (12:35).
Notre Dame took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, on Dhadphale's wrister from the top of the left circle that tucked inside the far right post (17:51). Urick pushed the Irish to a 3-1 lead in the opening moments of the second period, converting a tough-angle shot from the left side that tucked between Clemmensen's right pads and the near post (0:18).
Controversy surrounded BC's goal midway through the second period, when junior left wing Tony Hutchins skated in from the right side and nudged a power-play shot on net. Karr made the save and appeared to cover the puck, with the whistle sounding for a faceoff. Hutchins knocked the rebound into the right side and was credited with the goal (9:58).
The Irish calmly retook control, converting a pair of power-play goals in a 14-second span. Crisp passes from junior defenseman Tyson Fraser and Urick set up a bullet 5-on-3 shot from Carlson, a rising one-timer from the top of the right circle that tucked above Clemmensen's glove and under the crossbar (14:09).
Just 14 seconds later, senior defenseman Benoit Cotnoir's pass set up a 2-on-1 rush by freshman center David Inman and Van Arkel. Inman skated in from the left and slid the puck across the slot for Van Arkel, who one-timed a shot into the right side of the net (14:23).
BC senior center Chris Masters knocked home a rebounded shot at 6:33 of the third period before beating Karr less than two minutes later on a rising glove-side shot from between the circles (8:20). Powers capped the flurry with a shot from the right side of the crease that popped into the air and took a tough bounce past Karr (9:31).
NOTRE DAME 2 3 0 - 5 BOSTON COLLEGE 1 1 3 - 5 1st - BC 1. Farkas 7 (Bellefeuille, Mottau), PP, 5:28; ND 1. Simon 4 (unassisted), PP, 12:35; ND 2. Dhadphale 5 (Simon, Urick) 17:51. 2nd - ND 3. Urick 7 (Dhadphale, Clark) 0:18; BC 2. Hutchins 1 (unassisted), PP, 9:58; ND 4. Carlson 2 (Urick, Fraser), 5-3, 14:09; ND 5. Van Arkel 3 (Inman, Cotnoir), PP, 14:23. 3rd - BC 3. Masters 2 (Scuderi, Caulfield)6:33; BC 4. Masters 3 (Hutchins) 8:20; BC 5. Powers 4 (Gionta, Giuliano) 9:31. SHOTS: ND 9-12-9-2/32, BC 9-9-10-0/28. SAVES: ND (Karr) 8-8-7-0/23, BC (Clemmensen) 7-9-9-2/27. POWER PLAY: ND 3-for-7, BC 2-for-7. PENALTIES: 8 for 16:00, 8 for 16:00.