Dec. 2, 2011
Notre Dame, Ind. - Everything that could go wrong for Notre Dame on Friday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena did as the Irish dropped their first game in the new building in front of 4,968 as Northeastern scored early and often in a 9-2 victory.
Twelve different Huskies got on the scoresheet in the victory as Braden Pimm and Garrett Vermeersch each scored twice while Adam Reid, Dan Cornell, Cody Ferriero, Justin Daniels and Drew Ellement scored single goals. Ludwig Karllson and Steve Quailer added four and three assists respectively for Northeastern. T.J. Tynan and Nick Larson scored for Notre Dame.
The nine goals are the most ever surrendered by a Jeff Jackson team in his seven seasons behind the bench and are the most given up by any Notre Dame team since March 11, 2005 when Michigan handed the Irish a 10-1 loss in the CCHA playoffs.
The loss, the second in a row for the Irish, drops them to 10-4-3 overall while Northeastern won its fourth straight game, second in a row over a CCHA opponent (Michigan, 6-3, on Nov. 25), to improve 5-7-2 on the year.
Friday night's game started badly for Notre Dame and then got worse as Northeastern scored just 30 seconds into the game after a Notre Dame turnover in the left corner allowed Quailer to feed Pimm all alone in front and he tucked it under Johnson's pads for his fourth of the season.
The Huskies made it 2-0 at 2:58 when defenseman Drew Daniels picked up a loose puck at his own blue line and fed Reid racing up the middle. He split the Irish defense and beat Johnson from the slot for his first of the season.
Cornell made it a 3-0 at 4:13 when he took a shot from the right circle that was blocked by an Irish defenseman and went in off another's skate for his first goal of the season. Jackson called a timeout to try and settle his team down and sent Summerhays in to replace Johnson.
The move seemed to slow down the Huskies as they were held off the board until the 19:24 mark when Ferriero, who also added two assists converted a pass from Karlsson for his fifth of the year to make it 4-0 after one period. The four-goal first period was the second against Notre Dame this season as the Irish also gave up four in the first period to Alaska on Nov. 11.
Northeastern again struck early in the second period, scoring just 47 seconds into the middle stanza as Vermeersch collected his first of two on the night when he drilled a shot past Summerhays from the left circle for his first goal of the season.
The lead would go to 6-0 at 10:33 as Vermeersch scored his second of the night with assists to Vinny Saponari and Karlsson.
Notre Dame finally broke through on goaltender Chris Rawley when Tynan got loose at the top of the left circle after passes from Riley Sheahan and Robbie Russo and ripped a shot past Rawley for his sixth goal of the season at 19:47 to cut the lead to 6-1 after two periods.
For the third consecutive period, the Huskies got on the board quickly as they scored just 13 seconds into the final period with Pimm getting his second goal of the night off a Ferriero assist. The goal was his fifth of the season.
The Irish appeared to answer that goal with a second goal by Tynan on a rebound at 4:07 of the third but after a video review it was ruled that a Notre Dame player was in the crease, nullifying the goal. At that point, sophomore goaltender Joe Rogers was inserted into the game in relief of Summerhays.
Notre Dame would get its second goal of the night at 11:32 when Larson deflected a Kevin Lind shot from the left point over Rawley's pad for his third of the season to make it a 7-2 score.
Justin Daniels and Ellement would then close out the scoring with goals at 14:24 and 18:19 respectively against Rogers for the final score of 9-2.
On the night, the Irish outshot Northeastern by a 27-20 margin. Rawley had 27 saves for the Huskies. Johnson gave up three goals on three shots in his short stint while Summerhays gave up four goals with eight saves and Rogers surrendered two goals with three saves.
IRISH NOTES: Notre Dame is now 5-1-0 at the Compton Family Ice Arena and 6-2-0 overall on home ice this season ...The series with Northeastern is one of four games the Irish will play against Hockey East teams this season. Notre Dame is 1-1 so far with game three on Saturday night and a fourth game versus Boston University set for Dec. 31 at home ... After giving up three power-play goals in their last outing at Lake Superior State (Nov. 26), the Irish held Northeastern to 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 3 - F Northeastern (5-7-2) 4 3 2 - 9 #2/#2 Notre Dame (10-4-3) 0 1 1 - 2Scoring First Period: NU: Braden Pimm 4 (Cody Ferriero, Steve Quailer), 00:30; NU: Adam Reid 1 (Drew Daniels), 2:58; NU: Dan Cornell 1 (Anthony Bitetto, Quailer), 4:13; NU: Ferriero 5 (Ludwig Karlsson), 19:24.
Penalties: NU: 2 for 4 minutes; ND: 1 for 2 minutes.
Penalties: NU: 3 for 6 minutes; ND: 3 for 6 minutes.
Penalties: NU: 4 for 8 minutes; ND: 2 for 4 minutes.
Shots On Goal: Northeastern 10 - 4 - 6 - 20 Notre Dame 5 - 9 - 13 - 27
Power Plays: NU: 0 for 4 ND: 1 for 7