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Feb. 20, 1998

Fighting Irish Clinch Spot in CCHA Tournament

MARQUETTE, Mich. - For the first time since 1995, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team has clinched a spot in the CCHA Tournament.

With their 4-3 victory on Friday over Northern Michigan (NM), the Irish are now in seventh place in the CCHA, one point ahead of Ferris State and two points behind Lake Superior, both of whom won on Friday. Notre Dame will be at Lake Superior on Saturday.

The victory over Northern Michigan was accomplished despite not getting any goals from the top seven goal scorers on the team.

Northern Michigan started quickly, forcing the the Irish to take two penalties in the first half of the first period, both of which were killed off. The tables then turned as Notre Dame cashed in on their power play opportunity with a goal from freshman Mark Eaton. Just 2:55 later the Wildcats answered back when Tyson Holly wristed a low shot in the left hand corner of the net with just 1:36 left in the period. The Wildcats carried much of the play in the period, peppering Matt Eisler with 12 shots in the opening frame.

NM took its first lead 5:24 into the second period on a rebound goal from Bryan Phillips. ND responded later in the period when Eaton picked up his second goal of the contest. Five minutes after that, ND retook the lead as left wing Chad Chipchase intercepted a pass and scored on a breakaway goal against NM goalie Duane Hoey.It was Chipchase's first goal since he had a hat trick on Nov. 22, and it gave ND a 3-2 lead.

NM though tied the game just 52 seconds into the third period on a goal from Roger Trudeau. The game remained tied until the 10:37 mark of the period when sophomore John Dwyer scored his sixth goal of the season on a centering pass from Lyle Andrusiak.

The win leaves Notre Dame with a mark of 15-15-4 (10-12-4 CCHA) on the season.

Event Calendar

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October 2
5:05 PM
USNTDP
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 7
7:35 PM
Arizona State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 8
7:05 PM
Arizona State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 14
8:05 PM
Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, Minn. (Amsoil Arena)
October 15
8:05 PM
Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, Minn. (Amsoil Arena)
October 21
7:05 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 22
7:05 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
October 27
7:35 PM
Connecticut
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 28
7:35 PM
Connecticut
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 12
7:05 PM
Northeastern
Boston, Mass. (Matthews Arena)
November 13
3:05 PM
Northeastern
Boston, Mass. (Matthews Arena)
November 17
7:35 PM
UMass Lowell
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 18
7:35 PM
UMass Lowell
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 25
7:35 PM
Holy Cross
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 26
7:35 PM
Clarkson/Yale
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
December 2
6:05 PM
Massachusetts
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
December 3
7:05 PM
Massachusetts
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
December 10
7:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
December 31
4:05 PM
Alaska
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 1
2:05 PM
Alaska
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 6
7:35 PM
Michigan Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
January 7
7:05 PM
Michigan Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
January 13
7:35 PM
Merrimack
North Andover, Mass. (Lawler Rink)
January 14
7:05 PM
Merrimack
North Andover, Mass. (Lawler Rink)
January 20
7:35 PM
New Hampshire
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 21
7:05 PM
New Hampshire
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 28
7:05 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
February 3
7:35 PM
Vermont
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 4
6:30 PM
Vermont
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 10
7:05 PM
Maine
Portland, Maine (Cross Insurance Arena)
February 11
7:05 PM
Maine
Orono, Maine (Alfond Arena)
February 17
7:35 PM
Providence College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 18
7:05 PM
Providence College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 24
6:05 PM
Boston University
Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)
February 25
7:05 PM
Boston University
Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)

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