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#13 Irish Bounce #5 Boston University 3-1

Feb. 24, 2017

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By Dan Colleran

BOSTON, Mass. -- Two goals by Jake Evans, a game-winning tally by Ben Ostlie and strong third period goaltending by Cal Petersen lifted the No. 13/14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish over No. 5/6 Boston University, 3-1, on Friday night at a the Agganis Arena (4,562).


Ostlie crashed the net and muscled in his third career goal at 18:33 of the second period for what also proved to be his first career game winner.

Evans scored midway through the first period to give the Irish a 1-0 lead and then he and Anders Bjork combined on a two-on-one late in the third period to help the Irish secure the win when they made it a 3-1 game.

With the victory, Notre Dame locked up a first round Hockey East bye and will play host to a best-of-three quarterfinal series on March 10-12 at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

UPDATED: Following the conclusion of all of Friday night's games, the Irish will be playing for the regular-season Hockey East Championship on Saturday night against Boston University. With a win, Notre Dame would win the title in outright fashion, with a tie there would be a three-way tie, while Boston University would force another three-way tie with a win.

How It Happened

After some defensive play by both sides to open the game, the offenses started to get going midway through the first period.

Cam Morrison picked the pocket of a Boston University player trying to leave the defensive zone after a faceoff, wheeled around and slid the puck to Evans in the slot, who netted his 11th goal of the season at 9:19 of the first by beating Terrier goaltender Jake Oettinger high.

Evans, off of a quick feed from Bjork, Jordan Gross and Bobby Nardella each had great looks on the game's first power play late in the first period but Oettinger and the Terriers held.

But just after the power play expired, Patrick Harper's shot from the point deflected low past Petersen to tie the game, 1-1, at 16:39 of the first.

Petersen was forced to make a shoulder save on Chad Krys four minutes into the second period when Krys was skating in on a partial breakaway.

The action picked up as the second period wore on but another goal wasn't scored until 18:33 of the second. Tory Dello fired a shot on goal that ricocheted off Oettinger and Mike O'Leary. Ostlie crashed the net, picked up the rebound and slid it in for his first goal of the season, giving the Irish a 2-1 lead.

Notre Dame put together back-to-back penalty kills within the first nine minutes of the third period, limiting the Terriers to just three shots on goal during the man advantage while stifling any chance Boston University had at building momentum.

Then with 6:30 to play in the third, Petersen made two big saves, the second of which was a right pad save on Jordan Greenway, to keep the Irish in front.

Andrew Oglevie sent Evans and Bjork away on a two-on-one and Evans buried his second goal of the night and his 12th of the season at 17:25 of the third to put Notre Dame in front 3-1.

Boston University continued to apply the pressure, pulling Oettinger in favor of the extra attacker. But Petersen and the Irish were equal to the task. The junior goaltender finished with 37 saves in the game, including 23 in the third period.

Oettinger finished with 23 saves in the game.

Both Notre Dame and Boston University finished 0-for-2 on the power play.

Coach Jackson's Thoughts

On the Evans-Bjork combination ...

"It happened by accident a few weeks ago, we lost two or three players and I put them together and then put those three young kids (Cal Burke, Andrew Oglevie and Jack Jenkins) together as our second line and something just clicked."

On the back-to-back penalty kills in the third period ...

"It [the penalty kill] has gotten better. I'm really impressed with the growth of some of our young guys, like Andrew Peeke and Tory Dello on defense. And Jordan Gross, he's become a good defender now. He was always known as a good offensive defenseman but he's a much better defender now. Gilbert speaks for himself defensively so I like our back end and how it has improved from the beginning of the year."

On putting together a seven-game unbeaten streak ...

"I think our team has grown up ... a lot of things have to do with going through tough times. In the first half we were real inconsistent. But our teams grow up, all those freshmen and sophomore get that experience and get that confidence and we become a much better team with that confidence. A lot of it just has to do with having gone through tough times."

Up Next

Notre Dame and Boston University close out the regular-season at 7:05 PM tomorrow night (February 25) at the Agganis Arena.

Notre Dame - Boston University Notes

  • Junior goaltender Cal Petersen made his 83rd-consecutive start in the Notre Dame net, which is the fourth-longest streak in the NCAA Div. I records book.
  • Petersen has also appeared in 84 consecutive games, which is the fifth-longest mark in the NCAA Div. I records book.
  • Jordan Gross skated in his 112th consecutive game, dating back to the first game of his freshman season.
  • Ben Ostlie scored his first goal of the season, the third of his career and his first since Oct. 17, 2015 at Penn State.
  • Jake Evans scored a pair of goals for his ninth multi-point game of the season and the 20th of his career. He now has notched at least one point in 17 of Notre Dame's last 19 games.
  • Anders Bjork (1A) extended his point streak to five games (3-3-6), while Tory Dello's (1A) point streak reached a career-high three games (0-3-3).
  • Notre Dame is unbeaten in the month of February (5-0-2).

 

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Event Calendar

Delta

October 1
5:05 PM
USNTDP
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 6
7:35 PM
Alabama-Huntsville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 7
7:05 PM
Alabama-Huntsville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 13
7:35 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 14
7:05 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 19
7:35 PM
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 20
7:35 PM
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 26
7:35 PM
Nebraska-Omaha
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 27
7:35 PM
Nebraska-Omaha
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 3
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)
November 4
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)
November 10
7:35 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 11
7:05 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 17
7:05 PM
RPI
Troy, NY (Houston Field House)
November 18
7:05 PM
RPI
Troy, NY (Houston Field House)
November 24
7:35 PM
Minnesota
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 25
7:05 PM
Minnesota
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
December 1
7:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, MI (Munn Ice Arena)
December 2
7:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, MI (Munn Ice Arena)
December 8
8:05 PM
Wisconsin
Madison, WI (LaBahn Arena)
December 9
8:05 PM
Wisconsin
Madison, WI (LaBahn Arena)
January 5
7:05 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI (Yost Ice Arena)
January 7
5:05 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 19
7:35 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 20
7:05 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 26
8:05 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)
January 27
8:05 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)
February 2
7:05 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)
February 3
7:05 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)
February 9
7:35 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 10
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 16
7:35 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 18
5:05 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI (Yost Ice Arena)
February 23
7:35 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 24
7:05 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
March 2
TBA
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March 10
TBA
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Campus Sites
March 17
TBA
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March 23
TBA
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April 5
TBA
NCAA Frozen Four
St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center)
April 7
TBA
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