November 20, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame sophomore Chad Chipchase scored 32 seconds into the game and the goals just kept on coming as the No. 4-ranked Irish remained atop the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings with a 9-5 victory Friday over visiting Western Michigan at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.
Notre Dame (9-1-2, 7-1-1 CCHA), which raced out to a 6-0 second-period lead, avenged its only loss of the season (2-1 at WMU on Oct. 24) while extending its recent domination at home. Stretching back to a 7-1 victory over Ferris State on Feb. 7 of last season, Notre Dame is 8-2-1 in its last 11 home games with a 49-22 scoring edge during that stretch.
The nine goals are the most by the Irish in any game since the 10-2 win over St Francis-Xavier on Oct. 14, 1994 and the most by Notre Dame in a CCHA game since a 9-6 win over Miami on Jan. 14, 1983. The 14 combined goals are the most in a game involving Notre Dame since the Irish dropped a 10-6 game to Ferris State on Jan. 11, 1994.
Eight Irish players recorded goals, including two by Chipchase and the first goals of the season for junior D Tyson Fraser and senior C Craig Hagkull. Other Notre Dame goalscorers included junior RW Joe Dusbabek, senior RW Brian Urick (the 50th of his career), sophomore LW Dan Carlson, junior C Ben Simon and sophomore RW Matt Van Arkel. Seven of the Irish goals came 5-on-5 while Carlson notched the team's first shorthanded goal of the season and Simon scored during a 4-on-4 (the Irish power play was 0-for-4).
Ten Notre Dame players recorded assists, including two each by Simon, Carlson, Van Arkel and freshman centers David Inman and Brett Henning. Other assists came from Fraser, Urick, senior D Benoit Cotnoir and junior defensemen Nathan Borega and Sean Molina. All told, 13 Irish players had at least one point in the game.
In other CCHA action Friday, Michigan (6-1-1) used a 2-1 home victory over Michigan State (5-2-2) to vault ahead of the Spartans into second place, two points behind the Irish (Notre Dame plays at Michigan tomorrow night). Ferris State (5-3-1) moved past fourth-place Northern Michigan (5-4-0) thanks to a 2-0 win at NMU while surging Ohio State (4-3-2) moved into a tie with NMU for fifth place, after posting a 2-1 overtime win at home over last-place Miami (1-8-2).
Irish senior Forrest Karr stopped the first 13 shots he faced before allowing five goals in the final period, three coming on the power play and another during a 4-on-4. WMU senior Matt Barnes-whose 31 saves helped beat the Irish last month-was pulled midway through the second period after making just seven saves and allowing four goals. Sophomore Chris Peck didn't fare much better, allowing a goal just 18 seconds after taking the ice and getting touched for another before the period ended. Freshman Jeff Reynaert closed out the game with 12 third-period saves and three goals allowed.
The rapid-fire third period included eight goals, 29 shots on goal and seven of the game's 16 penalties.
Chipchase-skating with the first line for the second straight game in place of injured senior LW Aniket Dhadphale-opened the scoring with his third goal of the season, drilling a shot from beyond the right circle that sailed over the glove of Barnes (0:32). Carlson then set up Dusbabek's second goal of the season minutes later for a quick 2-0 lead (4:04).
Three Irish goals in a second-period span of 2:45 pushed the lead to 5-0. Urick took a pass off the boards from Simon and slanted across the ice from right to left before faking Barnes and putting the puck back into the right side of the net for his ninth goal of the season (10:37). Just 18 seconds later, Henning sent a pass to mid-ice for Van Arkel, who went down in a hard collision as he tried to control the puck. Fraser skated onto the free puck near the left boards for a rare breakaway and cashed in the chance with a strong cross-ice shot into the right side of the net.
Carlson capped the flurry, after Urick sent a lead pass down the right side. Carlson slanted into the center of the right circle and fired his fourth goal of the season past Peck's blocker and into the far side of the net (16:15).
WMU's Steve Rymsha scored an early power-play goal in the final period and Jason Redenius added a 4-on-4 score but the Irish answered 38 seconds later on Simon's seventh goal of the season. Simon took advantage of a WMU turnover, picking up the puck in the left corner and skating around the net before stuffing a shot between the post and Reynaert's left skate (7:03).
The teams then traded goals in a 30-second span that featured three goals. Frank's Novock's power-play goal at 12:49 made the game 7-3 but Van Arkel scored 13 seconds later, sending home a pass from Carlson at close range. The Broncos answered with Corey Waring's goal 17 seconds later and Matt Addesa scored with 4:03 left for a 8-5 game. Hagkull capped the scored with three minutes to play, converting a pass from Henning at the left side of the crease.
WESTERN MICHIGAN (1-4-4, 1-4-4 CCHA) 0 0 5 - 5 NOTRE DAME (9-1-2, 7-1-1 CCHA) 2 4 3 - 9
Shots: WMU 4-9-14/27, ND 6-14-15/35.
Power Play: WMU 3 for 8, ND 0 for 4.