Feb. 3, 2018
By Dan Colleran
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Led by a career-high 55 saves from Cale Morris and first period goals by Cal Burke and Dylan Malmquist, the second-ranked Fighting Irish skated to a 2-2 tie with No. 17 Penn State on Saturday afternoon at the Pegula Ice Arena (6,221).
After a scoreless overtime period, including a a penalty shot save by Morris on Penn State forward Andrew Sturtz, Notre Dame took the extra point in the Big Ten standings by winning the shootout 1-0 on a Jordan Gross tally.
With the tie, Notre Dame finished the season series with a 3-0-1 record against the Nittany Lions and are now 21-5-2 on the season (15-2-0-1 B1G).
In the Penn State (13-12-5, 6-9-5-2 B1G) goal, Peyton Jones totaled 32 saves.
After killing off a Penn State power play early in the first, the Fighting Irish jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Burke and Malmquist netting goals 1:44 apart midway through the first. Penn State’s Sturtz then cut the lead to 2-1 late in the first and then Liam Folkes tied things up early in the second.
Notre Dame finished 0-for-4 on the man advantage, while Penn State was 0-for-2.
COACH JACKSON’S THOUGHTS
On the weekend series …
“I thought games were similar, both teams had two-goal leads. One team then elevates, one team gets comfortable and it comes back to bite you and the same thing happened tonight. I’m just grateful our guys recovered in the third and were a little bit better. That’s human nature sometimes when you get a lead and you think it is going to be easier and it ends up being more challenging.”
On Cale Morris’ game …
“He’s been our rock all season, especially against a team like Penn State that shoots from everywhere. Rebound control is really important, he played very composed. He’s been the difference for us all season long and he’s a big reason why we are where we are.”
NOTRE DAME GOALS
1-0 | Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead at 6:38 of the first period when Andrew Oglevie put a sharp angle shot on goal that Peyton Jones fought. Cal Burke crashed the net to knocked in his team-leading 13th goal of the season at 6:38 of the first.
2-0 | Just 1:44 after Notre Dame’s first goal, Oglevie tipped a Burke feed on net and Dylan Malmquist forced in the rebound for his seventh goal of the season and his third in the last three games.
- Jordan Gross skated in the 147th consecutive game of his Irish career (dating back to the first game of his freshman season).
- Jake Evans skated in his 119th consecutive game dating back to his freshman season.
- With a goal and an assist, Cal Burke posted his fifth multi-point game of the season and the sixth of his career.
- With a pair of assists, Andrew Oglevie notched his eighth multi-point game of the season and the 17th of his Irish career.
- Six different players scored at least one goal for the Irish in the two-game series at Penn State. Notre Dame is now 11-1-1 this season in true road games (11-2-1 away from the Compton Family Ice Arena).
- The Fighting Irish are now 7-1-1 when leading after one period of play and to 17-1-2 when scoring first. Notre Dame is now 4-1-2 when tied after two periods of play.
- Saturday afternoon’s attendance of 6,221 marked the third largest crowd in Pegula Ice Arena history (Friday night’s game one attendance of 6,229 marked the second largest).
Next weekend (Feb. 9-10), second-ranked Notre Dame plays host to No. 5/6 Ohio State at the Compton Family Ice Arena in a series that could determine first place in the Big Ten standings. Friday’s game will be televised by the NBC Sports Network. To purchase tickets, click here.
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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).