Jan. 8, 1998
Notre Dame Stays Hot on Road, Wins 4-2 at Alaska Fairbanks
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Junior left wing Aniket Dhadphale's two goals highlighted another solid road effort for the University of Notre Dame hockey team as the Irish came away with a 4-2 victory Thursday in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action at the Carlson Center.
Notre Dame (11-9-3)--which improved to 8-4-0 away from home this season--came back from an early 1-0 deficit by scoring twice in a span of 26 seconds and then responded to UAF's second goal when Dhadphale sent home the game-winner, a power-play score late in the second period.
The victory moves the Irish into a tie with Ferris State (6-6-3) for sixth place in the CCHA standings, just two points behind Lake Superior (7-5-3) and three behind Northern Michigan (8-5-2).
UAF (6-14-2, 5-13-1) saw its home record dip below .500 (4-5-1), after being outshot 32-17 by the visiting Irish. The Nanooks remain ninth in the CCHA standings, a point behind Ohio State (6-9-0).
Notre Dame has recorded 10-plus shots in 13 of its last 14 periods while outshooting the opposition 153-71 over the last four games (an average margin of 38-23). The Irish have scored 42 goals on the road this season (3.5/gm), compared to just 29 at home (2.6/gm).
The Irish welcomed back sophomore forwards Ben Simon and Joe Dusbabek, who had missed the previous four games while helping the United States claim fifth place at the World Junior Championship in Finland.
Notre Dame senior goaltender Matt Eisler picked up the victory, turning away 15 UAF shots for his seventh win of the season.
UAF scored midway through the opening period, when Chris Kirwan deflected home a Darren Tiemstra shot for his eighth goal of the season (9:06).
The Irish surged ahead early in the second period. Sophomore defenseman Sean Molina initiated the first score with a sharp pass to sophomore right wing John Dwyer, whose slapshot from the right was tipped in by senior center Steve Noble for his sixth goal of the season (5:32).
Dhadphale pushed the Irish ahead 26 seconds later, with his team-leading 14th goal of the season. Senior center Lyle Andrusiak sent a pass into the middle for Dhadphale, who faked out one UAF defenseman and went around another before flicking the shot over the glove hand of UAF goaltender Chris Marvel into the upper right corner of the net (5:58).
UAF's Kevin Epp tied the game later in the second period, one-timing home a power-play floater from the blue line (14:28). But the Irish went back ahead minutes later on a power-play score of their own, following a crisp pass from sophomore defenseman Tyson Fraser to junior defenseman Benoit Cotnoir. Dhadphale was camped in the slot and flicked home Cotnoir's rebounded shot for the 3-2 lead (17:18).
Notre Dame had a chance to stretch its lead midway through the final period, after a holding penalty on Kirwan and a slash by Sjon Wynia yielded a two-minute 5-on-3 opportunity. But the Nanooks maintained the one-goal deficit while also benefitting from an unrecorded goal by Irish freshman left wing Dan Carlson, who pushed the puck across the goal line only to see Perkins yank it back across before the officials were able to confirm the goal.
Dwyer was sent to the penalty box with 2:16 to play, on a misidentified hooking penalty that should have sent Carlson out of the game, but UAF could not gain the equalizer. With Perkins on the bench for a 6-on-4 advantage, the Irish scored their sixth shorthanded goal of the season when Cotnoir came up with the puck and led a 3-on-2 break before firing the puck into the empty net (19:21).
NOTES: Dhadphale's 15 goals rank second in the CCHA, behind Michigan's Bill Muckault (20), and are most by a Notre Dame player since Tim Harberts lit the lamp 21 times in 1994-95 ... Dhadphale now has seven power-play goals this season, third in the CCHA behind Muckalt (10) and Wynia (8) ... Noble has 20 points for the season (6G, team-high 14 A), equaling his career-high set in his sophomore season (5-15) ... Noble has five points (1G, 4A) in the last four games while Andrusiak has an assist in three straight ... Eisler crept closer to the 100 career games plateau (96) while pushing his career saves total to 2,517, just 50 behind Mark Kronholm for fifth on the Irish all-time list ... the Irish penalty-killing unit has allowed just 13 opponent power-play goals this season while scoring six shorthanded goals ... Notre Dame totaled just four penalties in Thursday's game, lowering its season penalty average to just 6.09/gm (best in the CCHA), including 11 games this season with four or fewer penalties.
NOTRE DAME (11-9-3, 6-6-3 CCHA) 0 3 1 - 4 ALASKA FAIRBANKS (6-14-2, 5-13-1 CCHA) 1 1 0 - 2
1ST: UAF 1. Kirwan 8 (Tiemstra, Wynia) 9:06. 2ND: ND 1. Noble 6 (Dwyer, Molina) 5:32; ND 2. Dhadphale 14 (Andrusiak) 5:58; UAF 2. Epp 1 (Coady, Wynia) PP, 14:28; ND 3. Dhadphale 15 (Cotnoir, Fraser) PP, 17:18. 3RD: ND 4. Cotnoir (unassisted) SH/EN, 19:21
SHOTS: ND 11--11-10/32, UAF 5-8-4/17