Feb. 6, 1998
Notre Dame, Bowling Green Skate to 1-1 Tie
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame junior left wing Aniket Dhadphale netted his 18th goal of the season just 1:19 into the game but Bowling Green freshman Shawn Timm stopped the next 39 shots on net as the Irish and Falcons skated to a 1-1 tie in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action Friday at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.
Notre Dame (13-13-5, 8-10-4) moved into sole possession of seventh place in the CCHA, ahead of Ferris State (8-10-3), which lost at home Saturday to Western Michigan in a game that saw the Broncos (5-16-1) end their CCHA-record 18-game losing streak. The Irish play host to FSU tomorrow night in a crucial late-season conference matchup.
Bowling Green (5-21-3, 3-15-3) fell two points behind WMU in its quest to move out of the CCHA cellar. In other CCHA action Friday, Ohio State (14-9-0) posted its eighth straight victory, 4-2 at home over Michigan State, to vault over idle Northern Michigan (12-8-3) into fourth place, just three points behind second-place MSU (14-4-3). Third-place Miami maintained its one-point lead on OSU, after posting a 3-2 home win over ninth-place Alaska Fairbanks (6-17-1).
Friday's game featured several memorable plays over the final 38 minutes, after Bowling Green junior right wing Dan Price--who seeing his first action since serving a 10-game university suspension--had tied the game on an unassisted goal at the 7:20 mark of the second period.
A controversial disallowed goal at the 9:31 mark of the first period proved costly to the Irish, who are 3-6-4 at home at home this season and have managed only eight goals in their last five home games (compared to 18 in their last five road games). Senior center Steve Noble set up the scoring chance, skating behind the net and drawing Timm to one side before reversing and sending a pass into the left side of the slot. Senior center Lyle Andrusiak--looking for his first goal in 13 games--was filling the slot and one-timed a low shot inside the left post but referee Matt Shegos waved off the goal, signaling that Dhadphale had skated through the crease prior to the goal.
Notre Dame held a 42-26 shot advantage, including 13-2 in the opening period. The Irish also held a 10-2 edge in power-play shots but failed on all six of their man-up chances (BG was 0-for-4).
Dhadphale opened the scoring on Notre Dame's third shot of the game, taking a pass from sophomore center Ben Simon (who recorded his team-leading 19th assist) and beating Timm on a shot from the slot.
Price scored on a broken play midway through the second period, after stealing the puck from freshman left wing Dan Carlson. Price sliced in from the left side and maneuvered by Dhadphale before beating senior goaltender Matt Eisler for his fifth goal of the season.
Simon nearly scored the game-winner midway through the third period, sending a shot from the left circle that deflected off Timm and bounced off the right post (11:23).
Bowling Green senior forward Dave Faulkner had a solid chance to break the tie with 5:13 left in regulation, skating free into the slot before sending a shot that Eisler barely deflected off his left arm.
The Falcons had the final chance in regulation, when freshman forward Chris Bonvie ripped a shot from the top of the right circle. The puck was headed for the far left post but Eisler smacked it away with shaft of his goalie stick.
BGSU sophomore forward Adam Eddinger nearly ended the game with 3:13 left in overtime, sending a shot from the left circle that clanged off the left post. Dhadphale then had the final chance of the game, sending a backhanded shot from the left side of the crease that Timm stopped with a quick glove save (4:12).
BOWLING GREEN (5-21-3, 3-15-3 CCHA) 0 1 0 0 - 1
NOTRE DAME (13-13-4, 8-10-4 CCHA) 1 0 0 0 - 1
1ST: ND 1. Dhadphale 18 (Simon) 1:19.
2ND: BG 1. Price 5 (unassisted) 7:20.
3RD: No scoring.
OT: No scoring.
SHOTS: BG 2-11-12-1/26, ND 13-14-13-2/42.
SAVES: BG (Timm) 12-14-13-2/41, ND (Eisler) 2-1012-1/25.
POWER PLAYS: BG 0-4, ND 0-6.
PENALTIES: BG 7 for 14:00, ND 6 for 20:00.