Jan. 2, 1998
Prior's 40 Saves Lead No. 4 Miami Past Notre Dame Hockey, 3-1
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Trevor Prior stopped Notre Dame's first 40 shots on net and #4-ranked Miami University received goals from three unlikely scorers as the visiting RedHawks topped the undermanned Irish, 3-1, in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action Friday at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.
Miami (14-3-0, 9-3-0 CCHA) kept pace with Northern Michigan (8-4-2) while temporarily moving ahead of Michigan State (8-2-1) into a tie with NMU for second place in the CCHA, pending MSU's game later Friday at Alaska-Fairbanks. NMU used an overtime power-play goal to post a 6-5 overtime win over Bowling Green. Michigan (10-2-1) remains atop the CCHA standings, following a 4-2 home win Friday over Ohio State (6-8-0).
Notre Dame (10-9-2, 5-6-2)---which lost despite a 41-18 shot advantage and no Miami power-play chances--remains tied with OSU for seventh in the CCHA standings, just one point behind idle Ferris State (5-6-3) and three points behind idle Lake Superior (6-5-3).
The Irish again played without sophomore forwards Ben Simon and Joe Dusbabek, who were busy Friday helping the United States beat Canada, 3-0, at the World Junior Championship in Finland (Dusbabek netted the second U.S. goal). The U.S. will face Sweden on Saturday in the fifth-place game before returning home on Jan. 4.
Notre Dame, which is 7-4-0 away from home, continued to struggle on home ice, where the Irish are 3-5-2 and have scored just 25 goals (2.5 goals per home game, compared to 3.6/gm on the road).
Miami ended a scoreless game midway through the second period, when passes from Pat Leahy and Jeremy Bautch set up a one-timer at the top of the crease for Joe Bodnar, his third goal of the season (6:50).
Notre Dame headed into the second intermission with a 27-13 shot advantage and one-goal deficit. The Irish had a 1:34 power-play chance to open the third period, following a carry-over roughing penalty on Dan Boyle, but could not gain the equalizer. The RedHawks then stunningly seized momentum moments later, cashing in two goals for a 3-0 lead.
Miami--which came into the game with the CCHA's top power-play unit but had no man-up chances after the Irish committed just three coincidental penalties--stretched to a 2-0 lead at the 2:11 mark of the second period. Josh Mizerek netted just his second goal of the season, assisted by Joe Bodnar and Dan Boyle. Just 19 seconds later, Josh Harrold raced down the left side and zipped his third goal of the season inside the far right post, with Marc Tropper and Adam Copeland picking up the assists.
Notre Dame junior goaltender Forrest Karr (4-1-1) suffered his first loss of the season, stopping just 15 of Miami's 18 shots on goal.
The Irish had a 59-second two-man advantage with four minutes to play--following a tripping penalty on Bautch and a cross-checking violation by Boyle--but the hosts could not capitalize until Bautch had returned.
Sophomore right wing John Dwyer averted the shutout with 1:48 left to play. Freshman defenseman Mark Eaton initiated the power-play score, sliding the puck down the blueline to junior defenseman Benoit Cotnoir, who let loose a shot from the top of the left circle. Prior was there for the save but senior center Lyle Andrusiak flicked the rebound from the bottom of the right circle and the puck clanged off the crossbar and across the goalmouth. Dwyer skated in from the left side and deposited the puck into the net, ending the scoring.