Nov. 29, 1997
Notre Dame Hockey Ties Lake Superior State 3-3
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Notre Dame hockey team earned a tough 3-3 tie with CCHA rival Lake Superior St. on Saturday night at the Joyce Center.
The Irish controlled the game for a majority of the first period, but were unable to put the puck past Laker freshman goalie Rob Galatiuk. The Lakers jumped to a 1-0 lead late in the first period when senior Terry Marchant slid the puck through Irish goalie Forrest Karr's legs at the 17:55 mark on the power play. The Lakers extended their lead mid-way through the second period when right wing Jason Sessa broke in with Blaine McCauley on a 2 on 1, and beat Karr with a one-timer just outside the crease.
With the Irish trailing 2-0 late in the second, junior Aniket Dhadphale began the Irish comeback with a snapshot from the slot that beat Galatiuk. Dhadphale's tally came at 18:25 of the second period, and helped the Irish build momentum going into the third. Dhadphale drew the Irish even at 6:01 of the third period with his team leading tenth goal of the season. The Irish then scored their third unanswered goal at 9:18 of the third period when junior Brian Urick deflected a Benoit Cotnoir shot up over Galatiuk's shoulder.
The Irish would hold the lead until the final two minutes of regulation. Lake Superior St. went on the power play at 16:52 of the period when Ben Simon took a tripping penalty. Jason Sessa capitalized by scoring his second goal of the game with just 1:28 remaining on the clock. Sessa took a centering pass from Terry Marchant and put the puck just past Forrest Karr's right pad.
The Irish were given a golden opportunity to win the game when Laker defenseman David Lambeth was whistled for an interference penalty at the 18:56 mark of the third period. The Irish power play carried over into overtime, but they could not put the puck in the net. The Irish power play went 0-9 on the evening, while the Lakers capitalized on 2 of their 5 opportunities.
The Irish had two excellent chances to gain a victory in the overtime, but they hit the post twice. Aniket Dhadphale waltzed past the Laker defense and beat Galatiuk with 3:22 remaining,but his shot hit the right post. Just one minute later, Irish Freshman Mark Eaton picked up a rebound in the slot, but he wristed it off the crossbar. The Lakers best scoring opportunity of the extra session came with just seconds remaining. Laker Bryan Fuss won a face-off in his own zone with just 11 seconds on the clock. The puck went right to Joe Blaznek who streaked up the right side of the ice and got off a quick shot which Forrest Karr saved. The rebound lay in the crease, and was picked up by Terry Marchant who slid the puck underneath Karr's pads, but Karr was able to hold the puck out of the net.
The tie kept the Irish in eighth place in the CCHA, and moved their overall record to 6-6-2, while the Lakers moved to a sixth place tie in the conference, and a 4-6-3 overall record. The Irish continue their CCHA schedule next week with a home and home series against Western Michigan.