Oct. 10, 2012
Notre Dame, Ind. -
The 2012 Ice Breaker Tournament
Sprint Center (17,544) Kansas City, Mo.
The Teams: Notre Dame (19-18-3); Army (4-23-7); Maine (23-14-3); Nebraska-Omaha (14-18-6).
The Games: Friday - 6:00 p.m. (CT) - Notre Dame vs. University of Maine 9:00 p.m. (CT) - Army vs. Nebraska-Omaha
Saturday - 3:05 p.m. (CT) - Third-place game 6:05 p.m. (CT) - Championship game
Notre Dame Broadcast Information: Radio: Notre Dame hockey can be heard live on Real Country 99.9 FM in South Bend. Darin Pritchett, the voice of the Irish will call the action. Television: Friday's game will be televised live by the NBC Sports Network with Dave Strader calling the action and Pierre Maguire handling the color commentary. Saturday's championship game also will be televised by NBC Sports Network.
Internet: Audio: Both of Notre Dame's games can be heard live on the Notre Dame website at UND.com. Statistics: Livestats can be found at ccha.com or collegehockeyinc.com. Twitterr: Follow Irish hockey on Twitter at ND_hockey.
TIME TO GET STARTED: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish get the 2012-13 regular season underway on Friday, Oct. 12 when they face off against the University of Maine Black Bears at 6:00 p.m. (CT) in the opening game of the 2012 Ice Breaker Tournament. Also participating in the tourney is Army and Nebraska-Omaha. Those two teams will face each other at 9:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday night. Both of Friday's games will be telecast live by the NBC Sports Network with Dave Strader and Pierre Maguire calling the action. On Saturday, the third-place game will take place at 3:30 p.m. (CT) with the championship game set for 6:30 p.m. (CT). NBC Sports Network will telecast the championship game.
TOURNAMENT TIME: Notre Dame is making its third appearance in the Ice Breaker Tournament, having played in the 1999 and 2010 Tournaments. The Irish started the 1999-2000 campaign in Denver, Colo., where they finished third in the tournament, losing in the opening game to Providence College (2-1), before bouncing back with a 4-0 win over Union College in the third-place game. Notre Dame then opened the 2010-11 season in the tournament at St. Louis, Mo., finishing second. The Irish defeated Holy Cross, 6-3, in the opener and then lost to Boston University in the title game, 5-4.
IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTS: Notre Dame will be playing in its 35th in-season tournament when the Irish open play at the Ice Breaker Tournament. In the 45-year history of the program, Notre Dame has finished first a total of eight times. They have seven second-place finishes; finished third eight times and fourth on 11 different occasions. The last time Notre Dame won a tournament came in 2009-10 when the Irish captured the Shillelagh Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., defeating Colgate, 5-2, then tying North Dakota, 3-3, before winning the shootout.
IRISH VERSUS BLACK BEARS: Notre Dame and Maine have met just four times in college hockey with the Black Bears taking three wins and the Irish one. However, the Irish own a 3-1 advantage in the series since a pair of Maine wins were later forfeited due to the Black Bears using an ineligible player. The teams met twice in Portland, Me., in 1991-92 with Maine taking 5-1 and 6-3 victories. Those two were later forfeited. In 1995-95, the teams played in the Great Western Freeze Out in Inglewood, Calif., with the Black Bears winning, 4-3. The last meeting between the two schools came in 2003-04 when they met in the third-place game of the Everblades Tournament in Estero, Fla. The Irish took that game by a 1-0 score.
NOTRE DAME VERSUS ARMY: The Irish and the Black Knights have met 16 times all-time with the series tied at 8-8-0. Notre Dame has won the last three meetings since 1995-96. The last time the teams met was during the 2006-07 season in the Lightning Hockey Classic in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Irish won that game, 3-0.
OLD ACQUAINTANCES: Notre Dame and Nebraska-Omaha are old friends as the Mavericks were members of the CCHA for 11 seasons, from 1999 to 2010. In that span, the two teams played 31 times with Notre Dame holding a 17-10-4 advantage. The last time the two teams met was during the 2009-10 season. The Irish are 8-1-1 in the last 10 games between the two schools.
LAST TIME OUT: Notre Dame opened the 2012-13 season with a preseason tilt on Sunday, Oct. 7 versus the US National Under-18 Team at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The two teams battled for 65 minutes with the game ending in a 1-1 tie. In the shootout, Notre Dame took a 2-1 win in five rounds. Team USA took a 1-0 lead in the game as Shane Eiserman scored at the 1:10 mark of the third period to put the Under-18 squad in front. Junior David Gerths (Ankeny, Iowa) tied the game at 13:45 of the third when he scored from the slot off a nice feed from Mike Voran (Jr., Livonia, Mich.). In the shootout, Team USA got a goal from Anthony Louis on the second shot that was answered by T.J. Tynan (Jr., Orland Park, Ill.) on Notre Dame's second shot. After a pair of misses by both teams, Team USA's Scott Savage missed on the fifth shot while Bryan Rust (Jr., Novi, Mich.) scored on his chance to give the Irish the shootout win. The Irish used both goaltenders with junior Steven Summerhays (Anchorage, Alaska) getting the start. He played 33:59, stopping all 12 shots he faced. Senior Mike Johnson (Verona, Wis.) played 33:01 and the shootout. He gave up a goal on nine shots. Thatcher Demko stopped 25-of-26 Irish shots in the game.
IRISH IN SEASON OPENERS: Notre Dame's game with the University of Maine begins the 45th season of hockey for the Fighting Irish. In the first 44 seasons, Notre Dame is 21-21-2 all-time in season openers. The Irish dropped last year's season opener on the road at Minnesota Duluth, 4-3. In road season openers, the Irish are 17-23-4 all-time. In home openers, they are 25-18-1 after defeating Ohio State for the last win ever at the Joyce Center on Oct. 14, 2011.
NEXT FOR THE IRISH: Following this weekend's Ice Breaker Tournament, Notre Dame returns home to open the 2012-13 home schedule with a pair of games against Minnesota Duluth. The games will be played as a Thursday-Friday series, Oct. 18-19, due to Notre Dame playing host to BYU in football on Saturday, Oct. 20. Both games will start at 7:35 p.m.
CCHA PRESEASON POLLS: The coaches and the media from the CCHA agreed to disagree on their top teams for the 2012-13 season. The coaches in the CCHA selected Notre Dame first for the second consecutive year while the media had Michigan at the top of their list. Here's a look at the CCHA preseason polls.
Coaches Poll: Team (1st Place) Points 1. Notre Dame (7) 105 2. Michigan (2) 100 3. Western Michigan (2) 97 4. Miami 78 5. Ferris State 67 6. Ohio State 66 7. Michigan State 56 8. Bowling Green 43 Northern Michigan 43 10. Alaska 31 11. Lake Superior 29In voting by the coaches, the preseason all-CCHA teams were announced. For the second consecutive year, Irish forwards T.J. Tynan (Orland Park, Ill.) and Anders Lee (Edina, Minn.) were selected to the first team. Tynan led all vote getters with nine first-place votes and 48 points. Defenseman Sam Calabrese (Park Ridge, Ill.) was an honorable mention selection as he received 10 points.
PRESEASON ALL-CCHA TEAMS: First Team F - T.J. Tynan, Jr., Notre Dame (9) 48 F - Anders Lee, Jr., Notre Dame (7) 42 F - Chase Balisy, Jr., Western Michigan (5) 40 D - Dan DeKeyser, Jr. Western Michigan (8) 44 D - Jon Merrill, Jr., Michigan (8) 44 G - Frank Slubowski, So., W. Michigan (6) 40Honorable mention (next six point totals, regardless of position with first team votes in parentheses): Scott Czarnowczan, Jr., D, Ferris State (2), 19; A.J. Treais, Sr., F, Michigan (1), 18; Kyle Bonis, Sr., F, Ferris State (1), 16; Kevin Kapalka, Jr., G, Lake Superior (2), 15; Andrew Hammond, Sr., G, Bowling Green (1), 15; Sam Calabrese, Sr., D, Notre Dame (0), 10.
CALL HIM THE CAPTAIN: Junior center Anders Lee has been selected as the lone captain of the 2012-13 Notre Dame hockey team. The talented forward served as an alternate captain during the 2011-12 season. As a sophomore, he led the Irish with 17 goals and added 17 assists to finish second in scoring with 34 points. In his first two seasons at Notre Dame, Lee has played in 84 career games with 41 goals and 37 assists for 78 points.
BY THE CLASSES: The Notre Dame roster has four seniors, 12 juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen on the roster this season. The Irish return 18 monogram winners from last season and have seven of their top 10 scorers back in 2012-13.
TYNAN TIME: Junior center T.J. Tynan returns to the Irish lineup to defend his 2011-12 CCHA co-scoring title. Tynan tied for the scoring championship with Michigan State's Torey Krug as each player had 29 points in 28 conference games in `11-'12. The Irish scoring machine had nine goals and 20 assists on the year to become the first Notre Dame player to win or share a CCHA scoring title. He is just the second Irish player to ever win a conference scoring title, following Eddie Bumbacco `74, who won the 1972-73 WCHA scoring championship with 31 goals and 34 assists for 65 points in 28 games. Tynan led Notre Dame in scoring for the second consecutive year, notching 13 goals with 28 assists for 41 points in 39 games in 2011-12.
NOTRE DAME AND THE NTDP: Notre Dame and the USA National Under-18 Team met on Oct. 7, marking the fifth time that the Irish have faced them since the program began. Notre Dame and the U.S. National Developmental Program have had a strong relationship over the years. There are currently seven former USA Under-18 members on the Irish roster - senior Sam Calabrese, juniors Stephen Johns and Bryan Rust, sophomores Robbie Russo and Austin Wuthrich and freshmen Thomas DiPauli and Andy Ryan. Since the NTDP began in 1997, 31 players have gone on to play at Notre Dame. Another connection is head coach Jeff Jackson who served as the national coach and the senior director of the program from its beginning in 1996 through 2000.
IRISH CENTURY CLUB: Junior center T.J. Tynan has gotten his career off to a great start, recording 36 goals and 59 assists for 95 points in 83 career games. He will become the next Notre Dame hockey player to join Irish hockey's "Century Club" with 100 or more points:
"Century Club" Name (Seasons) G A Pts 1. Brian Walsh (1973-77) 89 145 234 2. John Noble (1969-73) 81 145 226 3. Eddie Bumbacco (1970-74) 103 117 220 4. Ian Williams (1970-74) 92 119 211LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: With the addition of freshman Mario Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.) to the Notre Dame roster in 2012-13, the Irish now have three sons who have followed in their father's footsteps to play hockey at Notre Dame. Mario, follows his father, Don Lucia `81, who was a defenseman for the Irish from 1977-81. He is the head hockey coach at Minnesota. Current teammate, Kevin Nugent (Sr., New Canaan, Conn.) followed his dad - Kevin Nugent, Sr., `78 who played at Notre Dame from 1974-78 and was a teammate of Lucia's for one season. The third father-son duo is goaltender Rory Walsh `06 who played for the Irish from 2002-06. He was the first to follow his dad - Brian Walsh `77, who played for the Irish from 1973-77 and was a teammate of Nugent's for three seasons (1974-77).
WINNERS: Four members of Notre Dame's freshman class arrived on campus fresh of championship seasons in 2011-12. Thomas DiPauli joins the Irish after helping the `11-'12 USA Under-18 Team to a gold medal at the Under-18 World Championships last April. Sam Herr (Hinsdale, Ill.) was a member of the Green Bay Gamblers team that won the USHL's Clark Cup championship with Herr being named the most valuable player of the tournament. Steven Fogarty (Edina, Minn.) and Mario Lucia played with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL and helped their team to a record-setting season. The Vees won the BCHL Interior Division regular-season title while establishing a junior hockey record with 42 consecutive wins. They then won the Fred Doyle Cup as the BCHL playoff champions and added an RBC Cup title to their resumes, winning the Canadian junior title.
BETWEEN THE PIPES: Junior goaltender Steven Summerhays will start the season as Notre Dame's top goaltender. As a sophomore, Summerhays was 10-8-0 with a 2.43 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage and two shutouts. Down the stretch, in the final week of the regular season and in the CCHA playoffs, Summerhays took over in the goal as he was 3-2-0 with a 1.31 goals-against average and a .956 save percentage. He defeated Michigan State, 2-0, on Feb. 24 in his final regular-season appearance. He then shutout Ohio State, 2-0, in game one of the first round playoff series and followed that with a 4-2 win to close out the first round. The Irish then lost a 2-1 double-overtime decision in game one at Michigan to open the second round and 3-1 in the second game to end Notre Dame's season. In two seasons, Summerhays is 15-12-1 with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage with two shutouts. Senior Mike Johnson was 9-10-3 in 2011-12 with a 2.69 goals-against average and an .883 save percentage. He has been the top goaltender in each of his first three seasons, playing in 91 games with 85 starts. He is 39-33-12 for his career with a 2.63 goals against, a .901 save percentage and a pair of shutouts.
OH BROTHER: Freshman defenseman Andy Ryan (Brighton, Mich.) joins the Irish hockey roster this season to join his brother, Ben Ryan `11, as the 11th set of brothers to play hockey at Notre Dame. Ryan will be joined on the 2012-13 roster by brothers Mike (Sr.) and Eric (So.) Johnson (Verona, Wis.) who became the 10th set of brothers to play at for the Irish last year in 2011-12. They are the first set of brothers to play on the team at the same time since Aaron `04 and Tony Gill `06 who played together from 2002-04. The list of brothers:
Robert `89 and David Bankoske `93 Joe `72 and Mike Bonk `79 Jack `77 and Jeff Brownschidle `81 Tim `76 and Dan Byers `78 Ryan `01 and Kyle Dolder `03 Don `78 and Terry Fairholm `78 Aaron `04 and Tony Gill `06 Mark `85 and Bruce Guay `90 Bob `71, Dave `76 ad Dick Howe `78 Mike and Eric Johnson Ben `11 and Andy RyanFOREIGN EXCHANGE: Freshman right wing Thomas DiPauli (Caldaro, Italy and Woodridge, Ill.) is the fourth Notre Dame player who was born in Europe. Born in Caldaro, Italy, he moved to the United States when he was 13 years old to further his hockey career. A product of the USA National Team Developmental Program, he played last year for the USA Under-18 Team. He joins sophomore forward Peter Schneider (Vienna, Austria) who is in his second season with the Irish. As a freshman last season, Schneider played in 23 games with two goals and four assists for six points. He played his junior hockey with one season (2009-10) in the United States Hockey League (USHL) for the Indiana Ice. With the Ice, he had 30 goals and 24 assists for 54 points in 55 games. DiPauli and Schneider join Swedish natives Calle Ridderwall `11 and Robin Bergman as the four Europeans to play at Notre Dame. Ridderwall spent four years with the Irish (2007-11) while Bergmann played part of the 2007-08 campaign.
NEW HOME: Notre Dame moved into its new home - The Compton Family Ice Arena - on October 18, 2011 and played the first game there on October 21, 2011, defeating Rensselaer, 5-2, in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,022. Anders Lee scored the first goal at 9:21 of the first period and finished with a hat trick in the game.The Irish won their first five games at the Compton and finished the year with a 12-7-0 record, including a 2-0 mark in the first round of the CCHA playoffs. In 19 games, Notre Dame played in front of 11 sellout crowds, drawing 91,793 fans through the turnstiles for an average of 4,793 per game.
HOCKEY CITY CLASSIC: The Notre Dame hockey team will play its first-ever outdoor game during the program's Division I era on Sunday, Feb. 17 when the Irish take part in the Hockey City Classic at Chicago's historic Soldier Field. They will face CCHA-rival, Miami in the first game of the doubleheader while Minnesota will battle Wisconsin in the second game. The two games will be preceded by two weeks of winter festivities, including two days of free public skating, high school hockey events, youth and adult hockey events, private ice rentals and more. The Hockey City Classic is being organized by the Chicago-based sports and entertainment marketing agency Intersport, in partnership with Soldier Field and the Chicago Park District. Notre Dame hockey is no stranger to the city of Chicago as the Irish have played hockey in the Windy City on and off since the 1966-67 campaign when the Notre Dame club team played in the first-ever college hockey tournament at Chicago Stadium. Since then, the Irish have played more than 40 games in and around Chicago, playing at Lake Forest (1969-70 and from 1985-91), at Chicago Stadium (1971 and 1972), at the University of Illinois-Chicago (1979-82 and 1988-96 as CCHA rivals), at Allstate Arena (2003 and 2005) and most-recently, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., where Notre Dame hosted the Shillelagh Tournament from 2009-11. The 2012-13 Notre Dame hockey roster features six players with ties to the Chicago area: The group includes senior Sam Calabrese, juniors Kevin Lind (Homer Glen) and T.J. Tynan, sophomore Robbie Russo (Westmont) and freshmen Thomas DiPauli and Sam Herr. The Irish have had 25 hockey monogram winners from the Chicago area in the program's history. Current Notre Dame defenseman Stephen Johns (Wampum, Pa.) was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round, 60th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and the Hawks have drafted five Notre Dame players since 1971.
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN: The 2012-13 season marks the final year for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Due to the shift in the college hockey landscape last season, the conference saw its teams shift as Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State will now play in the Big 10 hockey conference, beginning in 2013-14 along with Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin from the WCHA. When those teams pulled out of their respective conferences, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) was created, taking in teams from the WCHA and the CCHA. That conference includes: Colorado College, Denver, Miami, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan. The remaining CCHA teams then joined the remaining WCHA teams in the WCHA that now includes: Alaska, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan. Notre Dame then made its conference choice and joined Hockey East.
CONFERENCE CALL: Notre Dame begins its final season in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) in 2012-13. The Irish will begin play in the Hockey East Association beginning with the 2013-14 campaign. The change in conferences was announced on Oct. 5, 2011 with a press conference that was held at the Compton Family Ice Arena. In making the announcement, Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna said, "It is not an overstatement to say that this is one of the most significant days in the history of our conference. The addition of new institutions is always exciting but Notre Dame brings a unique set of qualities and circumstances to the continued growth of our league. We are proud to welcome Notre Dame into the fold and we look forward to getting to the many details that come with this announcement." Notre Dame Vice President and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said, "We are excited to be joining Hockey East beginning in the 2013-14 season. Many factors played a role in our decision, but three were of special importance to us. The first two were the critical issues of the student-athlete experience and Notre Dame's fit with the other schools in the conference. But of special importance in this instance, was our goal of giving our hockey program an unprecedented level of national exposure through our expanded partnership with the NBC Sports Group. Athletics at Notre Dame has always served as a platform for promoting the University." Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson added, "We are honored and pleased to join Hockey East for the 2013-14 season. The conference is an established league with a great tradition and outstanding programs that share Notre Dame's values. The exposure for our players and team in a major media and NHL market will be second to none. Hockey East's commitment to playing a smaller league schedule will allow us to enhance our home and non-conference schedule with traditional western and Big Ten rivals. This will allow us to bring great games to the Compton Family Ice Arena and create a more diverse, nationally-televised schedule. We are grateful to Joe Bertagna and the Hockey East Association members for this tremendous opportunity." Notre Dame has been a member of the CCHA twice during its 45 years of Division I hockey. The Irish first joined the conference from 1981-83 and then again in 1992 through the 2012-13 season. During that time, Notre Dame has won two CCHA regular-season and postseason tournament titles (2007 and 2009).
NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM: Four current members of the Notre Dame hockey team were invited to the 2012 Junior National Evaluation Camp last summer with the goal of being selected for the 2012 United States Junior National team that will participate in the World Junior Championships. Sophomore defenseman Robbie Russo (Westmont, Ill.) was joined by freshmen Thomas DiPauli (Woodridge, Ill.), Steven Fogarty (Edina, Minn.) and Mario Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.). Last season, defenseman Stephen Johns and center T.J. Tynan played for the United States in the World Juniors held in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta., helping the U.S. to a 3-3-0 record. They became the 14th and 15th Notre Dame players to participate in the World Junior Championships. They joined Jack Brownschidle (`76-'77, `78-'79), Ben Simon (`96-'97, `97-'98), Joe Dusbabek (`97-'98), Dan Carlson (`98-'99), Connor Dunlop (`99-'00, `00-'01), Brett Henning (`99-'00), David Inman (`99-'00), Rob Globke (`00-'01, `01-'02), Brett Lebda (`01-'02), Kyle Lawson (`06-'07), Ian Cole (`07-'08, `08-'09), Teddy Ruth (`08-'09) and Kyle Palmieri (`09-'10, `10-'11) as former Irish players to play in the World Junior Championships.
NHL DRAFTEES: The Irish have 12 players on the 2012-13 roster who have been selected in the National Hockey League's Entry Draft. Three Irish players were selected in the 2012 Entry Draft. Freshman Thomas DiPauli led the Notre Dame contingent as he was selected in the fourth round, 100th overall by the Washington Capitals. Seven picks later, Irish sophomore Austin Wuthrich (Anchorage, Alaska) also was selected in the fourth round, 107th overall by the Capitals. The third player, Vince Hinostroza (Bartlett, Ill.), who signed a national letter-of-intent in Nov. of 2011, was selected by his hometown, Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round with the 169th pick. He will play junior hockey this season and join the Irish lineup in 2013-14. The previous year, freshman Mario Lucia was a second-round choice, 60th overall of the Minnesota Wild. He was followed by junior center T.J. Tynan who was a third-round pick, 66th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Freshman Steven Fogarty went in the third round, 72nd overall to the New York Rangers and Robbie Russo was the fourth Notre Dame player selected as the New York Islanders chose him in the fourth round, 95th overall. In 2010, three Notre Dame players were chosen. Junior defenseman Stephen Johns went in the second round of the 2010 draft, 60th overall to the Chicago Black Hawks. One round later in the third round, with the 80th overall pick, junior forward Bryan Rust (Novi, Mich.)was chosen by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Notre Dame's final player selected in 2010 was junior defenseman Kevin Lind (Homer Glen, Ill.) who was picked in the sixth round, 177th overall by the Anaheim Ducks. Selected in the 2009 NHL Entry draft were left wing Jeff Costello, (Milwaukee, Wis.) chosen by the Ottawa Senators in the fifth round, 146th overall and six picks later, Anders Lee was a New York Islanders' choice in the sixth round, 152nd overall. That group joins senior left wing Nick Larson (Apple Valley, Minn.) who was a 2008 selection of the Calgary Flames in the fourth round, 108th overall.