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    Feb. 7, 1998

    Notre Dame Routs Ferris State, 7-1

    Move Into Share of Sixth Place in CCHA

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    Matt Eisler makes 24 saves. (file photo)

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior goaltender Matt Eisler made 24 saves while eight Notre Dame players factored in the scoring as the Irish defeated visiting Ferris State, 7-1, in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.

    The win vaulted Notre Dame (14-13-4, 9-10-4 CCHA) into a tie with Lake Superior (9-10-4) for sixth place in the CCHA, after the Lakers dropped a 4-1 game Saturday to front-running Michigan (17-4-1) at Joe Louis Arena. The Notre Dame-FSU season series ends in a 1-1-1 tie, with the Irish holding the tiebreaker due to a +5 goal differential.

    Ferris State (11-15-3, 8-11-3 CCHA)--which averted the shutout midway through the third period--remains in eighth place in the race for the eight CCHA Tournament spots, five points ahead of ninth-place Alaska-Fairbanks (6-18-2), which came back from a 3-0 deficit to secure a 4-4 tie Saturday at fourth-place Ohio State (14-9-1). In other CCHA action Saturday, second-place Michigan State (14-4-4) and third-place Miami (13-6-4) played to a rare scoreless tie while Bowling Green (4-15-3) posted a 3-2 win at Western Michigan (5-17-1) to forge a tie with WMU for 10th place. Idle Northern Michigan (12-8-3) remains in fifth place, five points ahead of Notre Dame and LSSU.

    The Irish--who jumped out to a 7-0 cushion early in the final period--posted their first win at home since Dec. 6, after going 0-3-2 and totaling just eight goals in their previous five home games.

    The seven goals are the most by Notre Dame in 60 games, stretching back to a 7-5 win at Bowling Green on Nov. 2, 1996. Saturday's game represented Notre Dame's largest margin of victory since a 10-2 win over St. Francis-Xavier in the 1994-95 season opener. It was Notre Dame's biggest margin of victory over a Division I opponent in 15 years, stretching back to an 8-1 win over Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 26, 1983.

    Senior center Lyle Andrusiak registered a career-best four points, including the first goal of the game and three assists. Junior left wing Aniket Dhadphale also came through with a career-best four points, scoring twice to stretch his team-leading goal total to 20 while also assisting on goals by sophomore center Ben Simon and freshman defenseman Mark Eaton.

    Andrusiak ignited Notre Dame's four-goal first period with his seventh goal of the season and first in 14 games. Sophomore right wing John Dwyer and freshman left wing Jay Kopischke drew assists on the play, with Andrusiak slinging a shot in the slot past sophomore goaltender Mike Szkodinski (4:45).

    Less than a minute later, Dwyer notched his fourth goal of the season and eighth point in the last 11 games, one-timing a shot from the top of the crease after an Andrusiak pass from behind the net (5:44).

    Simon then ripped home his 13th goal of the season two minutes later, ending his nine-game goal drought that had lasted since Dec. 10 (he missed four games during the holiday break while playing for the U.S. at the World Junior Championship). Dhadphale fed the puck to Simon in the Irish zone and the speedy Simon slanted towards the left circle before wristing a rising shot over the right shoulder of Szkodinski (6:48), who was pulled from the game 14 seconds later in favor of freshman Vince Owen.

    The Irish stretched to a 4-0 lead at the 14:16 mark, when Dhadphale notched his ninth power-play goal of the season. Andrusiak set up the goal by winning a left-side faceoff and sliding the puck back to the point for freshman defenseman Ryan Clark. Dhadphale then redirected Clark's blast, tipping the puck past Owen and into the net.

    Junior right wing Brian Urick scored unassisted midway through the second period, his 14th goal of the season and 10th in the last 14 games. FSU won a faceoff in the Irish end but Urick stole the puck, raced down the right boards and angled into the slot before sending a shot through Owen's legs (12:28).

    Dhadphale scored in the closing moments of the second period, a 4-on-4 score that was set up by Andrusiak and Eaton (19:25). After a scramble between the circles, Dhadphale skated onto the puck and quickly beat Owen for the 6-0 Irish cushion.

    Eaton capped the Irish scoring at the 4:25 mark of the third period, sending home a shot in the slot for his sixth goal of the season (with assists from Simon and Dhadphale). Eaton finished the game +5, as did his linemate, junior Benoit Cotnoir. Eaton now has 11 points in his last seven games (21 points, +7 total).

    Junior center Jason Hodel's third goal of the season put FSU on the board at the 8:12 mark of the third period, ripping a shot from above the right circle that sliced over Eisler's shoulder into the upper right corner of the net.

    SUMMARY
    FERRIS STATE (11-15-3, 8-11-3 CCHA) 0   0   1   -   1
    NOTRE DAME (14-13-4, 9-10-4 CCHA)   4   2   1   -   7

    1ST: ND 1. Andrusiak 7 (Dwyer, Kopischke) 4:45; ND 2. Dwyer (Andrusiak) 5:44; ND 3. Simon (Dhadphale) 6:48; ND 4. Dhadphale 19 (Clark, Andrusiak), PP, 14:16.

    2ND: ND 5. Urick 14 (unassisted) 12:28; ND 6. Dhadphale 20 (Andrusiak, Eaton), 4-on-4, 19:25.

    3RD: ND 7. Eaton 6 (Simon, Dhadphale) 4:25; FSU 1. Hodel 3 (McCullough, Dube) 8:19.

    SHOTS: FSU 4-9-12/25, ND 13-12-4/29.

    SAVES: FSU (Szkodinski) 2-x-x/2, FSU (Owen) 7-10-3/20, ND (Eisler) 4-9-11/24.

    POWER PLAYS: FSU 0-3, ND 1-3.

    PENALTIES: FSU 6 for 12:00, ND 6 for 12:00.

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