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Irish Icers Shutout By 5th-ranked Wisconsin For Second Straight Night
Morgan Cey (file photo) made 34 saves for Notre Dame in the loss to fifth-ranked Wisconsin.
 
Morgan Cey (file photo) made 34 saves for Notre Dame in the loss to fifth-ranked Wisconsin.

Jan. 23, 2005

Final Stats

Rosemont, Ill. - For Notre Dame, only the venue changed. For the second night in a row, the Fighting Irish were blanked by fifth-ranked Wisconsin, 2-0. This time though, the loss came at Allstate Arena where 8,317 fans braved a winter storm to see the non-conference game for both teams.

The crowd, with over 3,000 no-shows, is the largest to ever see a college hockey game in the Chicago area and is the largest crowd ever to see the Irish play at "home." The on-campus Joyce Center's maximum capacity over the years was 4,500 and is now 2,713.

On Saturday night, the Badgers got all the offense they needed in the first period on goals by Robbie Earl and Matt Ford a little over four minutes apart.

Notre Dame was out shot in the game by a 36-14 margin as Morgan Cey did his best to hold the Irish in the game until his offense could get on track.

"We are really struggling as a team. We just aren't executing and generating offense. It's deep in their minds now," said Irish head coach Dave Poulin.

Earl picked up his second goal of the weekend as he took a pass at the Notre Dame blue line from Joe Pavelski and raced in to beat Cey high to his glove side at 13:39 for his 13th of the year.

The lead would go to 2-0 at 17:43 on a delayed penalty call versus the Irish. With the sixth attacker on the ice, Ford finished a nice tic-tac-toe passing play off a set up by Pavelski and defenseman Kyle Klubertanz.

From there, Cey slammed the door, making 27 saves over the final two periods while the Irish were mustering just seven shots of their own.

"Our penalty killing was good this weekend (the Irish killed all 13 Badger power-play chances and own the second-best power-play unit in the nation), our goaltending was good. Morgan gave us a chance to win again tonight. He battles every night," said Poulin.

 

 

Bernd Bruckler got the shutout for the Badgers, his second of the season, making 14 saves on the night.

The loss was the sixth in a row for the Irish as their record falls to 5-16-5 on the year. The Badgers move to 19-6-1 on the year and should move up in the national rankings this coming week.

Notre Dame returns to CCHA action next weekend when the Irish face Bowling Green in a home-and-home series. The Irish travel to Bowling Green on Friday, Jan. 28 for a 7:05 p.m. game and play host to the Falcons on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7:05 p.m.

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7:35 PM
Arizona State
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7:05 PM
Arizona State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 14
8:05 PM
Minnesota Duluth
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October 15
8:05 PM
Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, Minn. (Amsoil Arena)
October 21
7:05 PM
Penn State
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October 22
7:05 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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7:35 PM
Connecticut
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 28
7:35 PM
Connecticut
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 12
7:05 PM
Northeastern
Boston, Mass. (Matthews Arena)
November 13
3:05 PM
Northeastern
Boston, Mass. (Matthews Arena)
November 17
7:35 PM
UMass Lowell
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 18
7:35 PM
UMass Lowell
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 25
7:35 PM
Holy Cross
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 26
7:35 PM
Clarkson/Yale
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
December 2
6:05 PM
Massachusetts
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)

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December 3
7:05 PM
Massachusetts
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
December 10
7:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
December 31
4:05 PM
Alaska
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 1
2:05 PM
Alaska
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 6
7:35 PM
Michigan Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
January 7
7:05 PM
Michigan Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
January 13
7:35 PM
Merrimack
North Andover, Mass. (Lawler Rink)
January 14
7:05 PM
Merrimack
North Andover, Mass. (Lawler Rink)
January 20
7:35 PM
New Hampshire
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 21
7:05 PM
New Hampshire
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 28
7:05 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
February 3
7:35 PM
Vermont
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 4
6:30 PM
Vermont
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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February 10
7:05 PM
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Portland, Maine (Cross Insurance Arena)
February 11
7:05 PM
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Orono, Maine (Alfond Arena)
February 17
7:35 PM
Providence College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 18
7:05 PM
Providence College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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February 24
6:05 PM
Boston University
Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)

ASN
February 25
7:05 PM
Boston University
Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)

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