Notre Dame and Ferris State Play to 5-5 Tie
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame freshman left wing Dan
Carlson scored with 4:41 left in the third period as the Irish
and visiting Ferris State played to a 5-5 tied in
back-and-forth Central Collegiate Hockey Association action
Thursday at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.
Ben Simon had three assists for the Irish. (File Photo)
Notre Dame (6-4-1, 3-3-1 CCHA) spotted the visitors a 2-0
first-period lead before claiming leads of 3-2 and 4-3. The
Irish surged ahead in the second period behind freshman left
wing Jay Kopischke's first career goal and a pair of man-up
scores from junior defenseman Benoit Cotnoir. Junior left wing
Aniket Dhadphale then pushed the Irish ahead 4-3 with an early
third-period goal but the visitors scored twice in a 64-second
span, setting the stage for Carlson's game-tying score.
Ferris State (3-7-3, 3-4-3 CCHA) did not register a shot on
goal during the first 12 minutes of the game but then notched
goals on its first and third shots, in a span of less than two
minutes. The Bulldogs outshot the Irish, 28-23, with both team
committing five penalties. The game featured four ties.
Notre Dame senior Matt Eisler had 23 saves while twice seeing
FSU score a pair of quick back-to-back goals. Eisler stopped
the biggest overtime scoring chance, making a sprawling save on
a shot between the circles from Bulldogs sophomore left wing
Brian McCullough. Eisler was sliding to his left on the play
and whipped his (left) glove hand over his head as he slid to
the ice, with the puck tipping off the glove and flying wide of
the far post.
Carlson notched his third goal of the season at 15:39 mark of
the third. Freshman defenseman Mark Eaton set up the goal with
a shot between the circles that was knocked to the left side of
the crease by FSU freshman goalie Vince Owen. Carlson had been
knocked down behind the net as Eaton was shooting but was able
to angle the puck into the goal as he was scrambling to his
feet. Sophomore center Ben Simon provided the set-up pass to
Eaton for Simon's third assist of the game and eighth of the
McCullough helped FSU regain the lead eight minutes into the
third period, a minute and four seconds after junior right wing
Joel Irwin had tied the game. McCullough took a pass from
linemate Rob Kozak and skated free into the right side of the
crease before wristing his fifth goal of the season over the
glove hand of Eisler. Irwin also beat Eisler with a high shot
inside the right post (7:37). Junior left wing Kenzie Homer set
up Irwin's sixth goal of the season with a short pass through
the slot as he was being dragged down at the near edge of the
Notre Dame claimed its second lead of the game at 3:44 of the
third, after senior center Lyle Andrusiak sent a pass from the
right corner into the slot for Dhadphale, who slapped a shot
off the pads of Owen before knocking the rebound inside the
right post for his CCHA-leading eight goal of the season.
FSU freshman center Kevin Swider's fifth goal of the season
tied the game (3-3) early in the third. Senior defenseman Brett
Colborne set the goal up be sending a bouncing puck from the
top of the slot and Swider was waiting at the left side of the
crease to scoop the puck into the net (1:13).
Kopischke put the Irish on the board at 5:42 of the second
period, flicking home a rebounded shot from freshman defenseman
Ryan Clark, who unloaded from the top of the left circle. The
Irish continued to test Owen with shots from the blueline, with
Cotnoir scoring from the right side at 7:23 and from the
center of the blueline at 16:28.
Carlson and Simon provided the passes that led to Cotnoir's
first goal and Simon then won a left-side faceoff before
exchanging a couple passes with Cotnoir on the go-ahead score.
Cotnoir--who has scored all four of his goals this season in
the last three games--then skated to his right and rifled a
rising shot that glanced off the left shoulder of Owen for the
3-2 Irish lead and Cotnoir's third power-play goal in the last
six days (his other goal came short-handed).
Jim Dube's first goal of the season opened the scoring at the
12:01 of the first period, with Dube taking a pass from Rob
Kozak at the left circle and sending a high shot over Eisler's
glove hand. Moments later, Geoff Bennetts poked home a
rebounded shot by Brent Wishart for his fourth goal of the
season. Wishart took a pass from J.P. Tessier and beat the
Irish defense into the slot before sending a low shot on net.
Eisler made the save off his right pad but Bennetts pounced on
the rebound and flicked the puck into the net (13:58).
The Irish nearly had an early 2-0 lead of their own. Just four
minutes into the game, sophomore center Troy Bagne broke free
into the slot but banged a high shot off the right post. Simon
skated free into the slot moments later but Owen smothered his
low shot at the left post.
FSU had a power-play goal disallowed at 10:42 mark of the
second, with the game tied 2-2. Ed Kowalski slid a timing pass
from the left circle to the top of the crease for Brent
Wishart, who nudged the puck into the right side of the net but
was whistled for being in the crease.
1 2 3 OT F
FERRIS STATE (3-7-3, 3-4-3 CCHA) 2 0 3 0 - 5
NOTRE DAME (6-4-1, 3-3-1 CCHA) 0 3 2 0 - 5
1ST: FSU 1. Dube 1 (Kozak, Kowalski) 12:01; FSU 2.
Bennetts 4 (Wishart, Tessier) 13:58.
2ND: ND 1. Kopischke 1 (Clark, Fraser ) 5:42; ND 2.
Cotnoir 3 (Carlson, Simon) PP 7:23; ND 3. Cotnoir 4 (Simon) PP
3RD: FSU 3. Swider 5 (Colborne) 1:13; ND 4. Dhadphale
(Andrusiak, Urick) 3:44; FSU 4. Irwin 6 (Homer) 7:37; FSU 5.
McCullough 5 (Kozak, Lewis) 8:41; ND 5. Carlson 3 (Eaton,
FSU 7-8-10-3/28, ND 5-9-8-1/23.
FSU (Owen) 5-6-6-1/18, ND (Eisler) 5-8-7-3/23.
FSU 1-for-3, ND 2-for-3.
FSU 5 for 10:00, ND 5 for 10:00.
Notre Dame Head Coach Dave Poulin: "I'm speechless ...
Down by one with four minutes to go and we get a goal, and
we're still not happy. ... After the first period, I told the
players to just play hockey. I don't know if that made a
difference, but (we) looked like world-beaters in the second
period. ... Once again, Eisler made some incredible saves to
give us a point. He looked great when we needed him the most.
... We have to win the game earlier. We have to take advantage
of the breakaways--we've got to score in those kind of