Jan. 30, 1998
No. 7 Michigan Powers by Notre Dame, 7-2
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior goaltender Marty Turco stopped 29 of 31 shots on goal while freshman left wing Krikor Arman scored twice in his first career game as the #7-ranked University of Michigan rolled past the University of Notre Dame, 7-2 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action Friday at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.
Notre Dame (13-12-3, 8-9-3 CCHA) fell into a tie for seventh place in the CCHA standings with Ferris State (8-8-3), which rallied for a 3-2 overtime win Friday at home over Northern Michigan. In other CCHA action Friday, Ohio State (12-9-0) used a 4-2 win at Western Michigan to move within a point of fourth-place NMU (11-8-3) while sixth-place Lake Superior State (9-8-4) increased its lead on Notre Dame with a 1-0 win at Bowling Green.
Michigan (21-6-1, 15-4-1 CCHA) stretched its lead atop the CCHA standings to two points in front of Michigan State (13-3-3), which played to a 1-1 tie Friday at home with third-place Miami (12-5-3).
WMU (4-15-1) and BGSU (2-15-2) saw their slim chances at making the eight-team CCHA Tournament fade while OSU's sixth straight win moved the Buckeyes close to challenging NMU for one of the four home-ice spots.
Turco--who was relieved by senior Gregg Malicke with 5:13 left to play--has received the decision in all of Michigan's 28 games this season. Junior Forrest Karr stopped just 20 of 27 shots while taking the loss Friday, dropping to 6-2-1 for the season (0-2-1 at home).
Notre Dame has posted 10 wins away from home this season but is just 3-6-3 at home. The Irish are averaging 2.5 goals per game in 12 home games this season, compared to 3.5 per game in 16 road outings.
Notre Dame owned a 31-27 shot advantage but could not solve Turco, who extended his NCAA record for career victories to 115 (with 24 losses and seven ties). The Irish had 12 power-play shots on five opportunities but lit the lamp just once in man-up situations, on a goal by freshman defenseman Mark Eaton midway through the second period.
The Irish are just 10-6-1 this season when scoring first, as the hosts were unable to maintain the momentum of a goal at the 9:20 mark of the first period by freshman left wing Jay Kopischke. Notre Dame now has lost five times this season when outshooting the opponent (8-5-2).
Kopischke beat Turco with a shot from the right side of the crease, assisted by sophomore defenseman Tyson Fraser and sophomore right wing John Dwyer, but the lead was short-lived. Arman, a walk-on from the Michigan club program, tied the game four minutes later with a shot from the left side of the slot (13:46) and junior center Bobby Hayes then pushed Michigan ahead with a rebound score on the power play, his 17th goal of the season (16:05).
Arman game his team a three-goal cushion heading into the first intermission. Freshman defenseman Bob Gassoff picked off an attempted clear by the Irish near the right boards and fired the puck in tot he slot for Arman, who beat Karr for the 4-1 lead (17:32).
Michigan struck early in the second period, when freshman center Mark Kosick slapped home a shot from between e circles (1:15).
Notre Dame had a chance to get back in e game midway through the second period, when a holding penalty on sophomore defenseman Sean Peach and a too many men on the ice violation provided a 35-second, two-man advantage. Eaton was able to score 13 seconds before Peach released (7:10), taking a pass from Dwyer and sending a low shot through traffic from inside the center off the blueline. But Turco and the Wolverines defense withstood the ensuing 98 seconds of Irish power play, leaving the game at 4-2.
Michigan used the momentum of that penalty kill to surge back ahead by three goals, as junior right wing Dale Rominski broke lose for an unassisted goal at the 11:19 mark of the second period.
The Wolverines put the game out of reach with two goals in the final period. Freshman center Scott Matzka scored in the opening moments of the period (2:25) before senior right wing Bill Muckalt closed the scoring with his CCHA-leading 26th goal of the season (14:47).
Notre Dame shuffled the right wings of its first three lines for Friday's games. Freshman Matt Van Arkel skated with freshman left wing Dan Carlson and sophomore Ben Simon while Dwyer skated alongside senior center Steve Noble and Kopischke. Junior Brian Urick was teamed with senior center Lyle Andrusiak and junior left wing Aniket Dhadphale.
#7 MICHIGAN (21-6-1, 15-4-1 CCHA) 3 2 2 - 7 NOTRE DAME (13-12-3, 8-9-3 CCHA) 1 1 0 - 2
1ST: ND 1. Kopischke 2 (Fraser, Dwyer) 9:20; UM 1. Arman 1 (Fox, Matzka) 13:45; UM 2. Hayes 17 (Herr, Fox), PP, 16:05; UM 4. Arman 2 (Gassoff) 17:32.
SHOTS: MICH 9-9-9/27, ND 12-11-8/31.