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Irish Icers End Regular Season With A 2-1 Loss To Michigan State
Junior center Tim Wallace scored his second goal in as many nights in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Michigan State.  He also set the Irish record by playing in his 115th consecutive game in a Notre Dame uniform.
 
Junior center Tim Wallace scored his second goal in as many nights in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Michigan State. He also set the Irish record by playing in his 115th consecutive game in a Notre Dame uniform.

March 6, 2005

Final Stats

Notre Dame, Ind. - The Notre Dame hockey team saw the 2004-05 regular season come to an end at the Joyce Center on Saturday night with the Irish falling to Michigan State, 2-1, in front of a sellout crowd of 2,763 on Senior Night.

All three goals in the game were scored via the power play with the Spartans getting man-advantage goals from Jim Slater and Jim McKenzie while Notre Dame got its lone goal from junior Tim Wallace, his second in as many nights.

The loss extended Notre Dame's winless streak to 17 games (0-15-2) and dropped the Irish to 5-15-6 overall and 3-20-5 in CCHA play. Notre Dame will open the best-of-three first round of the playoffs on Friday, March 11 at top-seeded Michigan. With the win, Michigan State moved into sole possession of sixth place in the CCHA, the final home playoff spot. The Spartans are now 17-15-4 overall and 12-13-3 in league play. They will host Miami in the first round of the playoffs.

"We played well enough to win. Once again we had our chances and couldn't put them away," said Irish head coach Dave Poulin.

"Michigan State was opportunistic. They scored twice on the power play and that was the difference."

Slater gave the Spartans their first lead of the night at 16:59 of the first period when he whipped a shot from the bottom of the right wing circle past Cey for his 15th goal of the season on a five-on-three power-play goal. Michigan State out shot the Irish 14-7 in the opening stanza.

The Irish would tie the game at one at 8:59 of the second period when Wallace got his fifth of the year on a Notre Dame power play, snapping an 0-for-11 drought with the extra man. Freshman defenseman Brock Sheahan set the play in motion as he moved the puck to Mike Walsh to the right of the Spartans' goal. Walsh's shot got through Dominic Vicari and laid in the crease where Wallace would push it over the goal line to even the score.

 

 

Morgan Cey made 35 saves in his final game at the Joyce Center.


Michigan State got the eventual game winner at 11:41 on the power play. Cey made the first stop on a shot by Colton Fretter, but couldn't control the rebound. McKenzie was parked in front and flipped the rebound over Cey for his 10th goal of the season.

Cey, playing in his final home game for the Irish kept Notre Dame in the game by making 30 of his 35 saves in the first two periods.

"Morgan (Cey), in his final game at the Joyce Center, was terrific all night long. He kept us in the game and gave us an opportunity to win," said Poulin.

The Irish had several late chances to even the score as Wallace rang a shot off the post in the final period and Wes O'Neill almost scored on a power-play rush in the final five minutes, but Vicari was equal to the task in goal.

For the game, Michigan State out shot the Irish 37-24. Cey made 35 saves for Notre Dame and Vicari had 23 stops for the Spartans.

Wallace also set the Notre Dame record in the game for consecutive games played as he played in the 115th consecutive game of his career, passing Evan Nielsen's mark of 114 set between 2000 and 2003.

"That's quite an accomplishment for Timmy," said Poulin.

"That's a lot of games for a player who plays a physical style like he does. He really had a strong weekend for us."

The Irish now get ready for a first-round series at Michigan that will begin at Yost Arena on March 11th.

"We have a good reference point, since we just played them (Michigan) two weeks ago. We have to focus on the things we need to do to be successful against a talented team like Michigan," said Poulin.

"I'm and optimist and our guys haven't quit playing. We have to go in there with the mindset that we are capable of stealing a series. We're a heavy underdog. We'll try some different things and see what happens."

IRISH NOTES:

** Notre Dame honored its senior class prior to the game. Receiving their Notre Dame jerseys prior to the game were senior manager Chris Duve, goaltender Morgan Cey, center Cory McLean and defenseman Joe Zurenko.

GAME SUMMARY 1 2 3 - F

Michigan State (17-15-5/12-13-3) 1 1 0 - 2

Notre Dame (5-25-6/3-20-5) 0 1 0 - 1

Scoring

First Period: MSU: Jim Slater 15 (Tyler Howells, Drew Miller), PPG, 16:59.

Penalties: MSU: 2 for 4 minutes; ND: 4 for 8 minutes.

Second Period: ND: Tim Wallace 5 (Mike Walsh, Brock Sheahan), PPG, 8:59; MSU: Jim McKenzie 10 (Colton Fretter, Howells), PPG, 11:41.

Penalties: MSU: 1 for 2 minutes; ND: 3 for 14 minutes.

Third Period: No Scoring.

Penalties: MSU: 1 for 2 minutes; ND: 2 for 4 minutes.

Shots On Goal:

Michigan State 14 - 18 - 5 - 37

Notre Dame 7 - 10 - 7 - 24

Goaltender Saves:

MSU - Dominic Vicari (60:00) 7 - 9 - 7 - 23

ND - Morgan Cey (58:43) 13 - 17 - 5 - 35

Power Plays:

MSU: 2 for 8

ND: 1 for 3

Attendance: 2,763 (sellout)

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