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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 1
5:05 PM
USNTDP
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 6
7:35 PM
Alabama-Huntsville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 7
7:05 PM
Alabama-Huntsville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 13
7:35 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 14
7:05 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 19
7:35 PM
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 20
7:35 PM
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 26
7:35 PM
Nebraska-Omaha
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 27
7:35 PM
Nebraska-Omaha
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 3
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)
November 4
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)
November 10
7:35 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 11
7:05 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 17
7:05 PM
RPI
Troy, NY (Houston Field House)
November 18
7:05 PM
RPI
Troy, NY (Houston Field House)
November 24
7:35 PM
Minnesota
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 25
7:05 PM
Minnesota
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
December 1
7:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, MI (Munn Ice Arena)
December 2
7:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, MI (Munn Ice Arena)
December 8
8:05 PM
Wisconsin
Madison, WI (LaBahn Arena)
December 9
8:05 PM
Wisconsin
Madison, WI (LaBahn Arena)
January 5
7:05 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI (Yost Ice Arena)
January 7
5:05 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 19
7:35 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 20
7:05 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 26
8:05 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)
January 27
8:05 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)
February 2
7:05 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)
February 3
7:05 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)
February 9
7:35 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 10
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 16
7:35 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 18
5:05 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI (Yost Ice Arena)
February 23
7:35 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 24
7:05 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
March 2
TBA
Big Ten Tournament First Round
Campus Sites
March 10
TBA
Big Ten Tournament Semifinals
Campus Sites
March 17
TBA
Big Ten Tournament Championship
Campus Sites
March 23
TBA
NCAA Regional
Regional Sites
April 5
TBA
NCAA Frozen Four
St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center)
April 7
TBA
NCAA Championship
St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center)

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