Oct. 20, 2017
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame hockey team made the most of its chances Friday evening, rebounding from a game one loss to defeat Sacred Heart 3-1 at the Compton Family Ice Arena (4,007) in Friday's game two.
The No. 5/6 Irish (3-2-1, 0-0-0 B1G) got a pair of goals from Joe Wegwerth and a third from Dawson Cook while outshooting the Pioneers (2-3-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) 43-25 on the night. Also among the point-scorers for the Irish were Andrew Peeke (0-2-2), Jordan Gross (0-1-1), Jack Jenkins (0-1-1), Colin Theisen (0-1-1) and Bo Brauer (0-1-1).
Irish goaltender Cale Morris got his second career win in the start, tallying 24 saves with a .960 save percentage. Pioneer goalie Nathan Perry registered 40 saves.
NOTRE DAME GOAL DESCRIPTIONS
1-0 | Joe Wegwerth gave the Irish the lead just 3:51 into the first period, fighting a defender off his back down the right boards and carrying the puck across the end line and back around the front of the net before slipping his shot through the legs of goaltender Nathan Perry. Jordan Gross and Andrew Peeke assisted.
2-0 | Dawson Cook pushed the Irish advantage to two with 7:06 left in the second period, deflecting a spin-o-rama attempt from Jack Jenkins over the right shoulder of Perry. Bo Brauer got the second assist.
3-0 | Just after an Irish power play expired, Wegwerth tallied his second goal of the game with 3:33 left in the second, redirecting a rebounding shot by Colin Theisen after Peeke sent in the initial shot from the blue line.
The Irish were 0-for-4 on the power play, while holding the Pioneers to an 0-for-3 effort, including a 43-second stretch of 5-on-3 action in the third period.
- Joe Wegwerth scored goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his Irish career (and he posted at least one point in back-to-back games for the second time in his Irish career). It was his second career two-goal effort, matching a two-goal performance against Penn State on Oct. 22, 2016.
- Dawson Cook scored a goal in back-to-back games for the second time in his career and matched his career-long point streak of two games (also scored back-to-back goals on Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2015).
- Gross skated in the 125th consecutive game of his Irish career (dating back to the first game of his freshman season). That streak ranks tied for the second-longest active streak in NCAA DI, trailing only Karson Kuhlman (Minnesota Duluth - 127) and tied with Landon Smith (Quinnipiac - 125).
- Sophomore forward Luke Novak skated in his first career game for the Irish.
The Irish will close out their eight-game October homestand with a two-game series against Nebraska-Omaha next Thursday and Friday (Oct. 26-27) at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Both games are slated for 7:35 p.m. ET starts and will be televised on NBC Sports Chicago Plus. To purchase tickets, click here.
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Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame men's tennis, women's tennis and fencing programs, in addition to overseeing production of the football Gameday Magazine. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master's degree from Georgetown University in 2013.