Dec. 10, 1997
Notre Dame Hockey Defeats Wisconsin 4-2
MADISON, Wis. - The Fighting Irish hockey team extended its win streak to three games on Wednesday night with a 4-2 victory, in front 7,382 fans, over the University of Wisconsin. The win upped the Irish record to 9-6-2 on the season, and dropped the Badgers to 7-6. The twenty points the Irish have earned this year eclipses last year's total of 19 (9-25-1).
Notre Dame jumped out to an early lead when senior center Lyle Andrusiak tallied his sixth goal of the season, and his first in seven games at the 5:00 mark of the first period. Andrusiak picked up the puck in the slot from Aniket Dhadphale and slid it past Wisconsin goaltender Mike Valley. The Irish then extended their lead at the 16:42 mark of the first. Captain Steve Noble came out of the penalty box, and took a lead pass from Joe Dusbabek who was along the left wing boards. Noble skated into the Badger zone, cut at the top of the right circle and skated to the middle where he let loose a wrist shot that beat Valley.
Notre Dame took a 2-0 lead to the second period, and kept the pressure on as goal scoring leader Aniket Dhadphale scored his eleventh goal of the season on the power play at 5:40. Defenseman Tyson Fraser skated to the center line and found Steve Noble on the left wing, who skated the puck in the zone and fed Dhadphale in the slot. Dhadphale then fired a snapshot into the top right corner of the net. The Badgers had a chance to turn the momentum of the game when Steve Reinprecht scored at the 9:34 point of the second period. The Irish responded quickly when just :57 later, Ben Simon scored his third shorthanded goal of the season, more than the entire '96-'97 Irish squad had for the season (2). Simon took a cross ice pass from Brian Urick, who had drawn the lone Badger defenseman to him, and put the puck past Valley. The Irish dominated the first two periods, out shooting the Badgers 24-10.
Irish goaltender Forrest Karr stood his ground throughout the game to preserve the Irish lead. In Karr's last two starts, he has faced just 26 shots, turning away 23 of them. The Badgers gave one last gasp effort late in the third, and Erik Raygor's goal at 18:35 brought the Badgers to within two goals, but that was as close as they would get.
The win makes the Irish 6-3 on the road this season. The same two teams will battle again on Friday night in the Joyce Center at 7 p.m.