Feb. 3, 2017
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Jake Evans and Cam Morrison tallied two goals in the final 3:10 of regulation to rally No. 17 Notre Dame to a 4-4 overtime tie against No. 12 Vermont in an eventful game on Friday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena (4,520).
The Irish led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Andrew Oglevie and Bo Brauer, but Vermont, which took advantage of a power play to start the third period, scored three consecutive goals to take a 4-2 eight minutes into the third period.
Evans then scored at 16:50 of the third and added an assist on Morrison's goal just under two minutes later to send the game to overtime. Morrison's goal came while the Irish were skating on a power play and with the extra attacker on for goaltender Cal Petersen.
In overtime, Petersen made six saves to preserve the tie and he finished with 43 saves on the night.
Notre Dame (14-9-4, 7-5-3 HEA) and Vermont (16-8-3, 8-5-2 HEA) each finished 1-for-5 on the power play.
How It Happened
At 5:59 of the first period, Oglevie gave the Irish a 1-0 lead when he beat the Catamount defense with his speed through the neutral zone and finished high past Lekkas' glove for his 15th goal of the season, with the assists going to Tory Dello and Dylan Malmquist.
Just after ringing a breakaway chance off the post, freshman Mike O'Leary took a stretch pass from classmate Andrew Peeke, spun around a Vermont defenseman and dropped a pass off for Brauer, who one-timed a shot high past Lekkas for his third goal of the season at 16:34 of the first.
Vermont's Brian Bowen got the visitors on the board with 2:10 left in the second period to make it a 2-1 game after 40:00 minutes of play.
Back-to-back goals by the Catamounts, including a Rob Hamilton power-play tally and Ross Colton's 10th of the season gave Vermont a 3-2 lead two minutes into the third period. Then Brady Shaw pushed Vermont's lead to 4-2 at the 7:43 mark of the third period, setting the stage for the Notre Dame comeback.
Coach Jackson's Thoughts
On the range of emotions in the third period ...
"The good, the bad and the ugly. It was just about that at times. I give the kids a lot of credit for coming back. We put ourselves in a bit of a hole there in the third period. Just trying to make sure they stay up in those situations - the bench gets quiet, they tie it right away to start the third. You get a little concerned about their emotional state. They handled it, obviously. Scoring that goal late in the third gave us some life. [Then] Just trying to evaluate when to pull the goaltender is always a challenge, especially when you've got a power play. Tonight it worked."
On the ups and downs of the game...
"We did the things we needed to do early in the game. In the first period, not just the fact that we scored a few goals, but I thought we did a good job of putting pucks in the areas and creating speed. I thought that was a real positive for us. It gave us some energy, got us out of our zone and through the neutral zone fast. At the close of the first period, they started to take that away from us. I thought we got back to it later in the third, but we have to find a way to play smart and simple hockey. Sometimes we try and do a little too much."
On the players who stepped up in the lineup...
"Bo Brauer scored a goal tonight. I thought that Michael O'Leary played one of his better games since he's been here, and I shifted him from center to left wing. After Joe [Wegwerth] went out, it's always challenging. You're trying to rotate guys in different positions because you want to keep Bo and Felix [Holmberg] playing. I thought they did a pretty good job in the first period. I thought Dawson Cook did a good job for us tonight, too. There was a number of guys. I thought that Jack Jenkins was, for us, having a valuable game."
On the third period taking a turn...
"You're worried about that when you start the period with a penalty. It was an unnecessary penalty. That's what we have to eliminate from our game because it puts us in those situations where the momentum changes. That was the biggest problem. More so than the goal, it was the penalty that caused the goal."
On being in playoff mode...
"As far as where we are, every game right now is like a playoff game. I'm sure it is for most of the teams playing at this time of the year. You're all trying to play for positioning in the conference. Two points, one point, it can make the difference between first and third [seed], fifth and seventh [seed]. It's so close when you only have 22 games."
On Petersen in overtime...
"He made some big saves for us. We started getting a little tired. We had a long shift because of switching ends. We couldn't make a change. We had a couple situations where guys got tired and were just playing rope-a-dope."
The Irish and Catamounts close out their weekend series at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Game two of the series will also be televised by the NBC Sports Network.
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Notre Dame - Vermont Game Notes
- Junior goaltender Cal Petersen made his 77th-consecutive start in the Notre Dame net, which is tied for the eighth-longest streak in the NCAA Div. I records book.
- Petersen has also appeared 78 consecutive games, which is tied for the seventh-longest mark in the NCAA Div. I records book.
- Jordan Gross skated in his 106th consecutive game, dating back to the first game of his freshman season.
- With a goal, Andrew Oglevie extended his point streak to seven games (6-4-10), tying his career-long mark.
- Mike O'Leary notched his first career point with the primary assist on Bo Brauer's first period goal.
- With a goal and an assist, Jake Evans extended his point streak to five games (2-6-8) and he now has at least one point in 12 of Notre Dame's last 13 games.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director 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).