Notre Dame Skates Past Brown, 5-1, Surpasses 1996-97 Win Total
First line keys four-goal flurry in second period: Minnesota natives combine for four goals
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -Notre Dame used a strong showing by its first forward line and a four-goal outburst in the second period to blow by Brown University, 5-1, in the consolation game of the University of Minnesota Mariucci Classic, held Sunday afternoon at Mariucci Arena.
Notre Dame (10-8-2)--again playing without sophomore forwards Joe Dusbabek and Ben Simon-bounced back from a tough 4-2 loss the night before to Northeastern while eclipsing last season's win total (9-25-1) and improving to 7-4-0 in games away from home this season.
The Irish first line of freshman left wing Dan Carlson, senior center Steve Noble and junior right wing Brian Urick produced four goals while the second-period onslaught featured a 21-6 Irish shot advantage and goals from three Minnesota natives; Urick (Minnetonka), Carlson (Edina) and sophomore center Troy Bagne (Moorhead). Urick scored the second and fifth goal, giving him five goals in the last five games.
Sophomore goaltender Forrest Karr improved to 4-0-1 for the season, after making 26 saves and helping thwart four of five Brown power-play chances. Karr stopped Brown's first 22 shots on goal before allowing a power-play score early in the third period.
Notre Dame held a commanding 45-27 shot advantage, the most shots on goal by the Irish since a 55-shot onslaught in the opening 5-1 win over Western Ontario.
Brown (2-10-0), which forged a 3-3 tie with host Minnesota on Saturday night before falling 6-3, averted the shutout on Michael Bent's man-up goal three minutes into the final period.
Dusbabek and Simon currently are playing with the United States national junior team that lost in the final minute Sunday to Russia, 3-2, at the world junior championship in Finland. The U.S. is 1-2 with a preliminary game remaining on Tuesday vs. Switzerland. The top-four teams from the two five-team divisions will advance to Wednesday's quarterfinals.
Noble-who had a hand in four of the five goals-put the Irish on the board midway through the first period, on a transition slapshot from just inside the blueline. Sophomore defenseman Sean Molina worked the puck to Carlson, who slid a pass into the middle. Noble skated onto the puck and broke across the blue line before firing a shot over the glove side of Brown senior goaltender Jeff Holowaty into the upper right corner of the net (13:09), giving Noble his fifth goal of the season.
Urick padded the Irish lead three seconds after a power-play chance expired, knocking a rebounded shot from sophomore defenseman Tyson Fraser into the left side of the net for his seventh goal of the season (3:06). Midway through the period, Noble fired a pass from the left corner into the slot for Carlson, who beat Holawaty with a high shot to the glove side (10:34) for his sixth goal of the season.
The Irish stretched to a 5-0 lead with two goals in a span of 1:43. Bagne scored his first goal of the season and the second of his career at the 15:35 mark, on a low-rocket shot from the right-side boards that tucked inside the far left post. The Bears then pulled Holowaty for sophomore Scott Stirling, with Urick slapping home a deflected Carlson shot from the bottom of the right circle for the five-goal cushion (17:18).
Notre Dame junior forward Neal Johnson (Edina, Minn.) made his first appearance for the Irish this season, replacing freshman Matt Van Arkel in the Irish lineup.
Noble's three assists give him 13 for the season, tying him for the team lead with Simon, the player Noble is filling in for this week as the first-line center.
NOTRE DAME (10-8-2) 1 4 0 - 5
BROWN (2-10-0) 0 0 1 - 1
1st: ND 1 Noble 5 (Carlson, Molina) 13:09
2nd: ND 2 Urick 7 (Fraser, Noble) 3:06; ND 3. Carlson 6 (Noble, Molina) 10:34;
ND 4. Bagne 1 (Clark) 15:35: ND 5. Urick 8 (Carlson, Noble)
3rd: Brown 1. Bent (DiRenzo, Prescott) PP, 3:08
Shots: ND 14-21-10/45, Brown 12-7-8/27
Saves: ND (Karr) 13-6-7/26, Brown (Holowaty 27, Stirling 13) 12-18-10/40
Power Play: ND 0-for-3, Brown 1-for-5.
Penalties: ND 6 for 12:00, Brown 4 for 8:00