Irish Return Home
Hockey faces Bowling Green, Michigan.
November 13, 1998
The Notre Dame hockey team (7-1-1, 5-1-0 CCHA) returns to the Joyce Center for two of its three home games in an ongoing 11-week stretch, with Central Collegiate Hockey Association games vs. Bowling Green and Michigan ... the Irish remain atop the CCHA standings and are ranked No. 6 in both the USA Today and U.S. College Hockey Online polls ... Notre Dame raced out to its best start in 39 years of varsity hockey (6-0-0) and best conference start in 19 seasons as a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (1971-81) or CCHA (1981-83, 1992- ) ... senior LW Aniket Dhadphale and senior RW Brian Urick each have 49 career goals while Urick is one point shy of 100 ... Urick's 11 career game-winning goals are tied for third in Notre Dame history, just two behind the record held by fourth-year Irish head coach Dave Poulin.
HOME IMPROVEMENT: After a 3-6-3 start at the Joyce Center in '97-'98 (in which the Irish were outscored 39-31), Notre Dame finished strong at home, going 3-2-1 in its final six home games with a 19-11 scoring edge ... in the last nine home games overall-including the recent wins over Lake Superior, Western Michigan and Ohio State-Notre Dame is 6-2-1 with a commanding 33-14 scoring edge (including two 7-1 wins) ... those two recent home losses came to Michigan (1-0, goal in first minute) and eventual NCAA semifinalist Ohio State (5-3) while the tie was vs. Bowling Green (1-1).
A FINE LINE: Notre Dame's first forward line for the last 17 games-senior LW Aniket Dhadphale (25-10), sophomore C Ben Simon (9-28) and senior RW Brian Urick (16-18)-in '97-'98 comprised the program's first threesome of 30-point scorers since the '92-'93 grouping of Jamie Ling (14-26), Dave Bankoske (14-16) and Curtis Janicke (12-18) ... heading into the Nov. 13 game vs. Bowling Green, Dhadphale (49-40), Simon (17-54) and Urick (49-50) have combined for 259 career points in 311 combined games ... through nine games of the 1998-99 season, they are averaging 4.7 points per game (Dhadphale 6-7, Simon 4-11, Urick 8-6).
POWER PLAY BACK IN FORCE: After an 0-for-11 weekend on the power play vs. Ohio State (0-for-7) and Western Michigan (0-for-4), the Irish bounced back with consecutive 3-for-7 power-play efforts at Boston College and Northeastern ... the current Irish power-play pct. (.321) would rank best by an Irish team playing as a member of the CCHA or WCHA since the 1977-78 team (also .321) and would best the CCHA-leading effort by Michigan State in 1997-98 (.233) .... for comparison, Notre Dame owned just a .127 power-play pct. in 1996-97 and a .176 PP mark last season ... power-play goals have helped provide the decisive margin in the wins over Ferris State (5-3, 2 PPGs), Lake Superior (403, 4 PPGs) and Northeastern (4-3, 3 PPGs) while the Irish netted three PPGs in the 5-5 tie at Boston College ... eight different Irish players have notched a PPG this season, led by the first-line forward group of senior RW Brian Urick (3), senior LW Aniket Dhadphale (3) and junior C Ben Simon (2) ... the other PPGs have come from sophomore LW Dan Carlson (2), freshman C David Inman, sophomore LW Chad Chipchase, sophomore RW Matt Van Arkel (3) and junior RW Joe Dusbabek ... the primary power-play unit includes the first forward line, with Carlson and either senior D Benoit Cotnoir or junior D Tyson Fraser at the point ... that first unit has totaled 11 PPGs, with Dusbabek scoring as a member of the first group at Lake Superior while Simon was in the penalty box ... on the flip side, Notre Dame's .897 penalty-killing (35-of-39) is on a team record-setting pace.
DEFICITS RARE FOR IRISH: Notre Dame faced just two deficits in its first six games and has trailed a total of just five times for 37:13 over the first nine games (545:00), meaning the Irish have trailed just seven percent of the minutes this season) ... Lake Superior jumped out to a 1-0, first-period lead at Notre Dame on Oct. 8 but led for just 8:36 before Aniket Dhadphale's goal later in the period ... a week later, Ferris State rallied in the third period to take a 3-2 lead but Brian Urick tied the game just 3:01 later (the Irish went on to win 5-3) ... Western Michigan claimed a 1-0 lead on the Irish late in the first period but Matt Van Arkel's goal early in the second period yielded a deficit that lasted just 1:43 of game time ... the Broncos then posted the longest lead on the Irish this season (16:46), after Steve Rymsha's rebound goal gave WMU its 2-1 lead ... Boston College jumped ahead of the Irish on Jeff Farkas' first-period goal but the lead lasted just 7:07 before Ben Simon's power-play goal.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES: Michigan is tied for third in the CCHA at 4-1-0 (5-2-0 overall), after taking last week off ... the Wolverines returned 20 of 25 letterwinners from the 1997-98 NCAA champion team that finished 34-11-1 and placed second in the CCHA regular season (22-7-1) ... UM's biggest losses are 1997-98 CCHA leading scorer Bill Muckalt (32G-35A) and all-time NCAA goaltending victory leader Marty Turco (125 career wins, 2.16 GAA last season) ... top returners include senior D Bubba Berenzweig (8G-11A), senior W Greg Crozier (12G-10A) and senior C Bobby Hayes (21G-23A) ... Michigan ranks fourth in the CCHA for scoring (3.29 goals/gm), fifth in defense (2.43 goals allowed/gm), ninth in power-play pct. (.109), fifth in penalty-killing pct. (.875) and fifth in fewest penalties per game (20.4) ... top scorers through seven games this season are freshman F Mike Comrie (5G-6A), sophomore D Mike Van Ryn (4G-2A) and sophomore C Mark Kosick (2 G-4A) ... freshman G Josh Blackburn is 5-1-0 with a 2.31 GAA and .885 save pct. ... Michigan opened with a 2-0 win over Lake Superior, split with Niagara (6-5/ot, 1-2), won two at Alaska Fairbanks (6-1, 2-1), won 5-2 over Bowling Green and lost 6-1 to Northern Michigan.
THE TRAVELLERS: Notre Dame is in the midst of playing just three home games over an 11-week stretch while playing 10 on the road, in eight different cities: Kalamazoo, Mich.; Boston, Mass. (2); Ann Arbor, Mich.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; Grand Forks, N.D. (2); and Bowling Green, Ohio ... the current 11-week stretch also includes five off-weekends for the Irish (Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Nov. 27-28, Dec. 11-12, Dec. 18-19 and Dec. 25-26) ... on the flip side, Notre Dame will then play nine of the ensuing 14 games at the Joyce Center before ending the regular season with a pair of games at Miami.
EASY AS 1-2-3: Notre Dame has received steady production in all three periods, with 11 goals in the first period and 12 in both the second and third periods ... during the first six games, the Irish owned an 8-1 scoring edge in the first period, before Western Michigan's Chuck Mindel scored in the final minute of the opening period (the Irish first-period scoring edge is no 11-4) ... the Irish also own a 12-5 edge in the second period but have struggled defensively in the third, with just a 12-11 edge ... during the 1997-98 season, Notre Dame owned a 37-27 first-period scoring edge and went 11-4-1 in games with a first-intermission lead ... the Irish were even more dominant last season in the second period (51-35) but lost five games when leading at the second intermission (16-5-2), due in large part to being outsocred 49-37 in the final period.
REDEFINING MAN DOWN: Notre Dame has posted a 12-7-2 record in its last 21 games (three losses to Michigan), despite the absence of at least one of the following key defensemen during each of those 21 games: senior Benoit Cotnoir (2), junior Tyson Fraser (13) and junior Nathan Borega (15) ... two of those players have been sidelined during the same game nine times over the past 19 games, with the Irish owning a solid 6-3-0 mark in those games (including recent wins at Ferris State and Lake Superior) ... Fraser took the leadership reigns of the Irish, in the absence of Borega and Cotnoir, and played the point on the first power-play unit that racked up six goals in the trip to FSU and LSSU.
GETTING COMPETITIVE: Notre Dame finished '97-'98 by going 4-4-0 in its final eight games vs. CCHA teams (four vs. second-place Michigan, three vs. third-place Northern Michigan and one at sixth-place Lake Superior) ... that stretch included a sweep of NMU (4-3, 3-1, 5-2), an OT loss at Lake Superior (2-1), a 4-2 win over Michigan and three one-goal losses to Michigan (1-0, 2-1 in OT and 4-3) ... the Irish held a 21-17 overall scoring edge in those games, allowing just 2.1 goals per game ... in its last 13 games vs. CCHA teams, Notre Dame is 8-5-0, including a 7-3-0 mark in the regular season.
DUDE LOOKS LIKE A SCORER: Senior LW Aniket Dhadphale (pronounced Uh-NEE-kett Dod-FALL-ee) has become one of the most well-known-and often mispronounced-names in the CCHA due to his scoring prowess ... with pronunciations ranging from "Dudepole" to "Daffapail", Dhadphale has kept P.A. announcers on their toes by totaling 31 goals and 17 assists during the past two seasons (50 games).
RETURN OF THE ROAD WARRIORS: Notre Dame has proven to be unfazed by playing on the road in hostile arenas over the past two seasons-most recently in the 5-5 tie at No. 1 Boston College-as the Irish are 16-11-1 away from home during that stretch, with the 11 losses including eight by one goal ... the Irish own a 98-82 scoring edge and an 873-795 shot advantage in those 28 road games (average of 3.50 goals scored and 2.93 allowed, 31.2 shots taken and 28.4 allowed) ... in 1997-98, Notre Dame posted wins at several hostile arenas, including St. Cloud State (4-3/OT, 4-1), Michigan State (6-1), Wisconsin (4-2), Northern Michigan (3-1) and Michigan (4-2)-in addition to losing three one-goal games at Michigan (two in OT) and single one-goal games at Miami, Ferris State, Alaska Fairbanks (OT) and Lake Superior (OT) ... after opening '98-'99 with a 2-1 win at Wisconsin's dedication game for the Kohl Center (which drew nearly 14,000 fans), the Irish posted wins at Ferris State (5-3) and Lake Superior (4-3)-giving Notre Dame victories in every opposing CCHA building except Miami's Goggin Ice Arena over the past two seasons.
SILVER STREAK: Notre Dame's 6-0 start represented the program's first six-game winning streak since '91-'92 and is the longest winning streak during the program's nine seasons as a member of the CCHA ... in its 19 seasons as a member of the CCHA or WCHA, Notre Dame has posted just one other winning streak of six games or longer: a seven-game run from Feb. 17-March 6 during Notre Dame's 1972-73 WCHA runner-up season.
SO MUCH FOR PLUS-MINUS: Despite outscoring the opposition by 15 goals, Notre Dame is just +28 because nearly half of its 35 goals (17) have come on the power play while the opponents have totaled 14 non-power-play goals.
URICK STARTS FAST: Senior RW and team captain Brian Urick turned in a five-point weekend vs. Lake Superior (2G) and Western Michigan (2G, 1A) before adding a goal at Ferris State, a goal and assist at Lake Superior, two assists vs. Ohio State, a goal and assist at BC, and the game-winning goal at Northeastern ... his four-game goal streak ended vs. OSU (equaling his career-high) but he still has 13 points in the last eight games (8G-5A) ... Urick leads the team in plus-minus (+9), has just four penalties and owns 49 goals and 50 assists in 120 career games, inching closer to the 100-point plateau and distinction as the 27th Notre Dame player with 50 career goals and assists ... over the past two seasons, Urick has 47 points (23G-24A) in 50 games, a team-best +24, only 48 penalty minutes and seven of the team's 25 game-winning goals ... his 11 career game-winning goals ties Urick with Paul Regan (1969-73) for third in Irish history behind Dave Bankoske (12, 1988-93) and fourth-year Irish head coach Dave Poulin (13, 1978-82).
BALANCING ACT: Notre Dame's 35 goals have come from 12 players, with six combining on the first seven ... junior C Ben Simon owns 11 of the team's 58 assists, with 16 other players also setting up Irish goals this season ... only one of the 18 starting skaters-junior D Andy Jurkowski-has yet to register a point ... additionally, the seven Irish game-winning goals have come from six different players.
FRESHMEN STEP UP: Centers David Inman (Toronto, Ont.) and Brett Henning (Huntington, N.Y.) and defenseman Sam Cornelius (Edina, Minn.) have played crucial roles during the first weeks of their Irish careers ... Inman was edged out for the initial CCHA rookie of the week award by Michigan G Josh Blackburn ... Inman's impressive debut as the second-line center has included providing the primary assist on Matt Van Arkel's game-winning rebound goal in the 4-2 home win over Lake Superior ... the 6-1, 190-pound lefthanded flirted with a hat trick the next night vs. Western Michigan, forcing his own breakaway goal to open the scoring early in the first period before converting a tap-in power-play goal for a 3-1 Irish lead midway through the second period ... Inman went on to open the scoring on what proved to be the game-winner vs. #9 Ohio State (3-0) and assisted on a Van Arkel PPG at Boston College before scoring a PPG of his own at Northeastern ... for the season, Inman is +4 with just five penalties in nine ... Henning has done a solid job centering the third Irish forward line, alongside sophomores Jay Kopischke and Van Arkel ... Henning's goal iced the 5-3 win at Ferris State while he passed the puck to Kopischke to set up Van Arkel's rebound goal at WMU (a 2-1 loss) ... Cornelius assisted in both of the home wins over Lake Superior and WMU, providing a set-up pass for Brian Urick's goal that tied the LSSU game (1-1) before notching the primary assist on a power-play goal by former prep teammate Dan Carlson for a 6-1 lead on WMU ... Cornelius also knocked home the game-winner at Ferris State (5-3), on a shot from the center of the blue line, while his shot was tipped in by Van Arkel at Northeastern ... Inman (+4, 5 pen.), Henning (-3, 3 pen.) and Cornelius (-1, 3 pen.) have combined for an even -plus-minus ratio and just 11 penalties in nine games.
FOLLOW THAT KARR!: Senior G Forrest Karr has provided strong leadership between the pipes this season ... Karr's impressive debut as the Irish starter includes posting a 2.20 season goals-against average that ranks third in the CCHA ... that fast start places Karr one-half a goal under the season record for GAA (2.70), set last season by Matt Eisler ... Karr's impressive .909 season save pct. is ahead of the Irish record (.907) set by Mark Kronholm in 1970-71 ... Karr's career record now stands at 15-12-2, including 13-4-2 over the past two seasons ... Karr owns a solid 2.56 GAA during the past two seasons (49 GA, 1148:32) while his career GAA of 3.11 (88 GA, 1696:05) would best the Irish record set last season by Matt Eisler (3.66) ... Karr's impressive effort on the road during the past two seasons has yielded a 10-2-1 record and a 2.62 GAA (34 GA, 779:57), with both losses coming at Western Michigan ... Karr recently posted his first career shutout with 16 saves in the 3-0 win over No. 9 Ohio State, improving his career record to 3-3-0 versus national top-10 teams (wins at Bowling Green as a sophomore and at Wisconsin earlier this season) before playing to a 5-5 tie at No. 1 Boston College.
SIMON ENDS DROUGHT: Junior C Ben Simon-who has points in eight of nine games this season-scored a memorable goal 17 seconds into the third period of the 7-1 win over Western Michigan, slanting in from the right side before tucking the puck inside the left post ... that score represented Simon's first goal in 13 games, since a first-period goal in another 7-1 win-versus Ferris State on Feb. 7, 1998 (he had endured 31 shots on net without a goal) ... Simon has excelled at setting up his teammates (54 assists in 75 career games) but owns just 17 career goals on 200 shots (11.8 shots per goal), with the goal versus WMU possibly signaling a breakthrough for the player who totaled 166 goals in four prep seasons (including 45 goals in 50 games as a senior with the Cleveland Junior Barons) ... Simon, who also scored at Lake Superior, vs. Ohio State, at BC and at Northeastern, is averaging just 5.8 shots per goal this season (20 shots).
DUS STILL DUE: Junior RW Joe Dusbabek, who missed the final 16 games of 1997-98 while focusing on his academics, is looking to get back into the scoring groove that characterized his CCHA all-rookie season in 1996-97, when he and former prep teammate Brian Urick tied for the team scoring lead with 13 goals and 12 assists ... the 6-1, 205-pound righthander's goal at Lake Superior on Oct. 17 was his first since the 5-4 loss at Miami on Nov. 15, 1997, despite 25 shots on goal during that 16-game goal drought ... overall, the dangerous power forward also has just four assists in his last 21 games, hinting at a possible scoring breakthrough in the coming weeks ... Dusbabek had 13 goals in 35 games as a freshman but has just two in 30 games over the past two seasons.
THE ND-MICHIGAN SERIES: Michigan leads 50-37-2 and has won 29 of its last 31 vs. the Irish (11 of the last 12) ... Notre Dame's CCHA playoff win at UM last season halted a 13-game losing streak for the Irish at Yost Ice Arena ... Notre Dame ended an 18-game overall losing streak vs. UM with a 6-3 home win on Feb. 25, 1995.
THE '97-'98 REGULAR SEASON SERIES (7-2, 5-4/OT, 1-0): The Wolverines owned a 7-1 scoring edge in the first period ... UM scored 13 goals on 90 shots (.144) while the Irish were just 6-for-100 (.060) ... Aniket Dhadphale (13 shots), Benoit Cotnoir (7 shots) and Lyle Andrusiak (5 shots) each were held without a point in the three games ... UM won at ND on Jan. 30 (7-2) and at home the next night (5-4/OT) ... ND jumped ahead nine minutes into the first game, when Jay Kopischke scored off assists from Tyson Fraser and John Dwyer ... UM stretched to a 4-1 lead-behind two goals from little-used Krikor Arman and one each by Bobby Hayes and Mark Kosick ... the next night, UM pulled Marty Turco with a 4-1 second-intermission lead and Notre Dame rallied to tie the game with three 3rd-period goals vs. Gregg Mallicke (by Dan Carlson, Matt Van Arkel and Eaton) ... Steve Noble appeared to score with 23.7 left in regulation but the referee had blown the play dead for a faceoff ... Greg Crozier's third goal of the game provided the margin in OT while Matt Herr and Bobby Hayes helped UM jump ahead 2-0 midway through the 1st ... in the series finale, Muckalt scored 32 seconds into the game and Turco made 35 saves for his 14th career shutout (Notre Dame owned a 35-19 shot advantage).
NOTRE DAME-MICHIGAN 1998 PLAYOFF SERIES NOTES (4-2, 1-2/ot, 3-4): Notre Dame made its first CCHA Tournament appearance since '95 ... Michigan led for just 14 minutes of the series ... Notre Dame ended an eight-game losing streak in the CCHA quarterfinals while posting its first postseason victory since 1982 ... Notre Dame's win represented just the sixth time in 127 CCHA playoff games that a team seeded #7-#10 has upset a team seeded five-plus spots higher ... the 79-minute second game was the 5th-longest in CCHA playoff history and longest in nine years ... GAME 1 (4-2): Notre Dame received goals from unlikely players while Matt Eisler made 30 saves and stopped a 3rd-period penalty shot by CCHA leading scorer Bull Muckalt ... Mark Eaton converted a pass from Dan Carlson for a 1-0 Irish lead at 5:25 of the 1st ... the Irish added an early goal in the 2nd, when John Dwyer flicked home a high shot from the slot ... Ryan Dolder pushed the Irish ahead 3-0 after taking a drop pass from Carlson and scoring on a high shot ... the Irish took a 4-0 lead into the second intermission, when Nathan Borega scored his second goal of the season on a power-play shot from the top of the right circle ... Michigan owned a 17-6 shot advantage in the 3rd, scoring an odd-man-rush goal by Justin Clark (5:56) and a shorthanded score by Andrew Merrick (18:42) ... GAME 2 (1-2, OT): Bobby Hayes' goal 19 minutes into OT capped a wild game ... Notre Dame jumped ahead midway through the 1st, on the third shorthanded goal of the season by Carlson, but Michigan tied the game with seven seconds left in the 2nd, on a power-play goal by Muckalt ... the Wolverines dominated the 3rd and OT, outshooting the Irish 20-8 ... with the clock ticking under three minutes left in regulation, Notre Dame's Aniket Dhadphale found himself amidst a scramble at the top of the crease ... Dhadphale fired two open shots but Turco saved one while the other clanged off the crossbar ... Chris Fox and Dale Huntzicker set up the rebound shot by Hayes from the bottom of the left circle ... Hayes flicked the puck past Eisler and it glanced off Irish defenseman Benoit Cotnoir ... Eisler's 11 stops in OT included several tough kick saves ... Carlson took a pass from Steve Noble at 8:23 of the 1st, flicking a backhander past Turco into the right side ... UM gained the equalizer after a pass from Turco to John Langfeld, who was stationed at the far right point ... with the Irish in a line change, Langfeld moved the puck to Mark Kosick, whose pass set up Muckalt's goal in the slot over Eisler's left shoulder (19:53) ... GAME 3 (3-4): Notre Dame jumped ahead 2-0 but Michigan rallied behind three PPGs ... Scott Matzka's shot from the left endline (5:55 of the 3rd) held up as the game-winner and gave Michigan its only sustained lead of the series ... Notre Dame jumped ahead with a 1st-period tap-in goal by Eaton ... the Irish stretched to 2-0 in the 2nd period, when Dhadphale knocked the puck into the right side of the net ... UM began its comeback on a rebound goal by Mark Kosick (7:39) ... and tied the game five minutes later on Bubba Berenzweig's power-play score ... Hayes won a right-side faceoff and Berenzweig emerged with the puck at the right endline ... Berenzweig skated toward the net before sending a tough-angle shot that inside the far left post ... UM's goal at 4:17 of the 3rd allowed the Wolverines to play with the lead for the first time in the series but the Irish re-tied the game 14 seconds later ... Langfeld gave UM the 3-2 lead, nudging home a pass from Muckalt ... Simon then set Dolder's second goal of the series with a pass to Chad Chipchase, who sent a shot in transition from the left side ... the puck bounced into the air at the top of the crease, with Dolder deflecting it off his chest and knocking it into the open net.
FRIEND OR FOE?: Several Notre Dame and Michigan players are past teammates: ND senior C Craig Hagkull and UM sophomore F Bill Trainor (Des Moines Buccaneers); ND junior RW John Dwyer and UM junior D Kevin Magnuson (Dubuque Saints); ND junior D Tyson Fraser and UM junior D Sean Peach (Team BC); ND junior D Andy Jurkowski and UM sophomore F Scott Matzka (Wisconsin Capitals); ND junior D Sean Seyferth and UM senior C Bobby Hayes and senior RW Dale Rominski (Compuware Ambassadors); ND sophomore LW Chad Chipchase and UM sophomore D Mike Van Ryn (Team Ontario); ND sophomore D Ryan Clark and UM sophomore F Josh Langfeld (Lincoln Stars); and Irish freshman C David Inman and Michigan freshman G Kevin O'Malley.
THE BG-ND SERIES: Bowling Green leads the series (27-18-3) but the Irish are 4-1-1 in the last six ... the series is tied 10-10-3 at Notre Dame ... Notre Dame edged BG, 2-1, on Nov. 7, 1997 and pulled out a 5-4 OT win at BG on Jan. 24, 1998 before playing to a 1-1 tie at home on Feb. 6, 1998 (recaps below).
RECAPPING LAST YEAR'S SERIES
* at ND 2, BG 1 - 11/7/97
* ND 5, @BG (OT) - 1/24/98
* at ND 1, BG 1 - 2/6/98
SCOUTING THE FALCONS: Bowling Green (4-3-1, 3-2-1 CCHA) stands fifth in the CCHA, after splitting last week at Northern Michigan (6-5, 1-4) ... BG returned 18 of 23 players from its 1997-98 team that finished 8-27-3 and placed last in the CCHA (6-21-3) ... top returning scorers for BG are senior Dan Price (14G-16A), sophomore Chris Bonvie (12A-12A) and junior Adam Edinger (9G-13A) ... current sophomore Shawn Timm (6-15-2, 3.77, .884) and current senior Mike Savard (2-10-1, 4.11, .866) split goaltending duties last season ... Price (5G-5A) leads the Falcons in scoring this season, followed by Edinger (2G-6A) and Curtis Valantine (3G-4A) ... Savard (3.51, .874) is 3-2-0 in 325 minutes of play while Timm (4.18, .819) is 1-2-1 in 216 minutes ... BG ranks fourth in the CCHA for overall power-play pct. (.191, 13-of-68) but is just 10th in penalty killing (.815, 44-of-54) ... BG is averaging 18.7 penalty minutes per game (fourth-fewest in the CCHA) ... the Falcons also rank sixth in the CCHA for goals scored (3.11/gm) but are tied for 10th in goals allowed (4.00/gm) ... BG opened at Miami (4-2, 5-5) and split with Northeastern (2-4, 5-3) before resuming CCHA play vs. Michigan State (1-7), Ferris State (2-1) and at Michigan (2-5).
FRIEND OR FOE?: Several players from Bowling Green and Notre Dame are former teammates: BG sophomore F Dennis Williams and Notre Dame senior LW Aniket Dhadphale (Stratford Cullitons); Williams and ND sophomore F Chad Chipchase (Team Ontario); BG junior F Zach Ham and ND junior RW John Dwyer (Dubuque Saints); BG junior F Brad Newman and ND junior D Sean Molina (Chicago Young Americans); BG junior D Mike Jones and Molina (USA Viking Cup); Jones, BG sophomore D Larry Hull and ND junior C Ben Simon (Cleveland Jr. Barons); BG sophomore D Louis Mass and ND sophomore D Ryan Clark (Lincoln Stars); and BG sophomore D Doug Schueller and ND sophomore RW Ryan Dolder (Twin City Vulcans).
IRISH MAKING STRIDES IN QUEST TO RETURN TO "THE JOE": The arrival of Dave Poulin in 1995 as head coach of the Notre Dame hockey program set in motion various improvements that have the program on track to competing for a spot in the CCHA semi-finals, at Joe Louis Arena ... the last time Notre Dame advanced to "The Joe" was 1981-82, when Poulin served as team co-captain ... as the above chart shows, Notre Dame made some headway in Poulin's second season ('96-'97) but still was lacking the consistency needed to qualify for the CCHA Tournament ... in '97-'98, the Irish improved in 20 of the above 23 categories (compared to an improvement in just 12 from the first to second season of the Poulin era) ... Notre Dame's biggest strides in '96-'97 came in penalties (down 2.62/gm), penalty killing (up 4.0%) and GAA (down 0.63) but there were frustrating dropoffs in scoring (down 0.43/gm), power-play pct. (down 4.6%) and the ability to hold 1st-period leads (4-5-0) ... in '97-'98, the many improvements included those three areas, as the Irish scored 0.47 more goals/gm, boosted their power play 4.9% and were 11-4-1 with a 1st-period lead ... other '97-'98 improvements came in shot margin (up +7.8/gm), penalty-killing (up 3.0%) and penalties (2.32 fewer) ... Notre Dame also had more than four times as many shorthanded goals (9) than in '96-'97 (2) and owned a 37-27 1st-period scoring edge (the opponents outscored the Irish 39-23 in the 1st period of '96-'97) ... the Irish also were 6-10 in one-goal games, after going 3-12 in '96-'97 ... through nine games of '98-'99, the Irish have improved or remained the same in 19 of the 22 applicable categories ... noteworthy strides have involved the high-powered offense: 3.89 goals/gm (up 0.79), a 13.0% shooting pct. (up 2.9%), a 1.67 goal margin (up 1.37), a 5.7 shot margin (up 2.5), a CCHA-best 32.1% power-play unit (up 14.5%) and 12 third-period goals (just 0.9/gm last season) ... the current Irish defense owns a 2.20 GAA (0.55 better than last season), a 90.9% save pct. (up 1.1) and just 24.3 opponent shots/gm (a 3.3 improvement) ... the Irish also are 5-0-1 when holding a lead at the 1st intermission (71.9% last season) and 6-0-1 with a 2nd-intermission lead (73.9% in '97-'98) ... the only areas of non-improvement have involved a slight dropoff in shots/gm (down 0.8), an increase in penalties/gm (up 1.96) and the failure to score a shorthanded goal (nine in 41 games last season).
RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S IRISH GAMES
ND 5, @BC 5 (11/6) - Notre Dame used three second-period goals to claim a 5-2 lead before seeing No. 1-ranked Boston College rally for three goals in a three-minute span, in front of a spirited crowd of 7,770 ... Notre Dame received goals from five different players, with three PPGs ... the Irish held a 32-28 edge in shots but were shut out in the final 30 minutes ... first-line forwards Ben Simon, Aniket Dhadphale and Brian Urick scored the first three Irish goals (Dan Carlson and Matt Van Arkel rounded out the scoring) ... BC jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before overcoming deficits of 3-1 and 5-2 ... the Irish tied the game 1-1 in the first, when Urick sent a tape-to-tape lead pass for Simon, who skated in from the right side and nudged a power-play backhander that was batted by Clemmensen and tipped back into the net by Bobby Allen (12:35) ... Notre Dame then took a 2-1 lead on Dhadphale's wrister from the top of the left circle (17:51) ... Urick pushed the Irish to a 3-1 lead early in the second, on a tough-angle shot from the left side (0:18) ... controversy surrounded BC's next goal, when Karr appeared to cover the puck, with the whistle sounding for a faceoff, before Tony Hutchins knocked the puck into the right side and was credited with a goal (9:58) ... the Irish retook control with a pair of PPGs in a 14-second span ... power-play passes from Tyson Fraser and Urick set up Carlson's rising one-timer from the top of the right circle that tucked under the crossbar (14:09) ... seconds later, a 2-on-1 rush by David Inman and Van Arkel resulted in Van Arkel's one-time (14:23).
1st - BC 1. Farkas 7 (Bellefeuille, Mottau), PP, 5:28; ND 1. Simon 4 (unassisted), PP, 12:35; ND 2. Dhadphale 5 (Simon, Urick) 17:51. 2nd - ND 3. Urick 7 (Dhadphale, Clark) 0:18; BC 2. Hutchins 1 (unassisted), PP, 9:58; ND 4. Carlson 2 (Urick, Fraser), 5-3, 14:09; ND 5. Van Arkel 3 (Inman, Cotnoir), PP, 14:23. 3rd - BC 3. Masters 2 (Scuderi, Caulfield) 6:33; BC 4. Masters 3 (Hutchins) 8:20; BC 5. Powers 4 (Gionta, Giuliano) 9:31.
ND 4, @NORTHEASTERN 3 (11/7) - Brian Urick netted his 11th career game-winning goal as Notre Dame won a back-and-forth game that featured five straight PPGs, four tip-in goals and four third-period goals ... the Huskies enjoyed a 37-33 edge in shots but the Irish converted 3-of-7 seven power-play chances ...Benoit Cotnoir equaled his career high with three assists while skating on both power-play units ... Forrest Karr made 34 saves to improve to 10-2-1 on the road over the past two seasons ... Dhadphale initiated the game-winner with a pass from the bottom of the left circle to the left point ... Urick tipped a Cotnoir shot past Huskies freshman G Scott Sutton (12:36) for the winning goal ... Van Arkel tipped home a Sam Cornelius shot to open the scoring at the 12:03 of the first ...Aniket Dhadphale was credited with his sixth goal of the season and 49th of his career midway through the second period, on an apparent tip of a Cotnoir power-play blast for a 2-1 lead (13:33) ... the Irish reclaimed the lead (3-2), when David Inman finished a 2-on-1 rush with Matt Van Arkel (3:22) ... the Huskies needed just 81 seconds to forge the third tie, setting up Urick's heroics.
1st - ND 1. Van Arkel 4 (Cornelius, Cotnoir), PP, 12:03; NU 1. Fahey 1 (Newson, Holeczy), PP, 14:45. 2nd - ND 2. Dhadphale 6 (Cotnoir, Simon), PP, 13:33. 3rd - NU 2. Peterman 1 (Barclay, Holeczy), PP, 1:01; ND 3. Inman 4 (Van Arkel, Dusbabek), PP, 3:22; NU 3. Fahey 3 (Newson, Holeczy) 4:43; ND 4. Urick 8 (Cotnoir, Dhadphale) 12:36.
Team (1st-pl. votes), W-L-T Pts
1. North Dakota (16), 4-0-0 281
2. Boston College (9), 4-0-1 266
3. Colorado Coll. (5), 6-0-0 247
4. Maine, 5-0-0 195
5. Michigan State, 5-0-2 181
6. NOTRE DAME, 7-1-1 161
7. Northern Michigan, 8-2-0 96
8. New Hampshire, 5-1-0 73
9. Michigan, 5-2-0 72
10. St. Lawrence, 4-1-0 38
Team (1st-pl. votes), W-L-T Pts 1. North Dakota (16), 4-0-0 281 2. Boston College (9), 4-0-1 266 3. Colorado Coll. (5), 6-0-0 247 4. Maine, 5-0-0 195 5. Michigan State, 5-0-2 181 6. NOTRE DAME, 7-1-1 161 7. Northern Michigan, 8-2-0 96 8. New Hampshire, 5-1-0 73 9. Michigan, 5-2-0 72 10. St. Lawrence, 4-1-0 38
Others Receiving Votes: Providence, Denver, Wisconsin, Yale, Brown, Ferris State.
Team (1st-pl. votes), W-L-T Pts
1. Boston College (5), 4-0-1 94
2. North Dakota (4), 5-0-0 90
3. Colorado College (1), 7-0-0 84
4. Maine, 5-0-0 70
5. Michigan State, 5-0-2 58
6. NOTRE DAME, 7-1-1 47
7. Michigan, 5-2-0 27
8. New Hampshire, 5-1-0 26
9. Northern Michigan, 8-2-0 21
10. Denver, 6-1-0 16
Team (1st-pl. votes), W-L-T Pts 1. Boston College (5), 4-0-1 94 2. North Dakota (4), 5-0-0 90 3. Colorado College (1), 7-0-0 84 4. Maine, 5-0-0 70 5. Michigan State, 5-0-2 58 6. NOTRE DAME, 7-1-1 47 7. Michigan, 5-2-0 27 8. New Hampshire, 5-1-0 26 9. Northern Michigan, 8-2-0 21 10. Denver, 6-1-0 16
Others Receiving Votes: St. Lawrence, Providence.
Team (1st-pl. votes) Pts
1. Michigan (7) 117
2. Ohio State (3) 108
3. Michigan State (1) 104
4. Northern Michigan 79
NOTRE DAME 79
6. Ferris State 64
7. Miami 49
8. Bowling Green 45
9. Lake Superior 42
10. Western Michigan 24
11. Alaska Fairbanks 15
CCHA PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
1. Michigan 287
2. Ohio State 285
3. Michigan State 258
4. Northern Michigan 194
5. NOTRE DAME 189
6. Miami 153
7. Lake Superior 130
8. Ferris State 126
9. Bowling Green 94
10. Western Michigan 78
11. Alaska Fairbanks 52
Team (1st-pl. votes) Pts 1. Michigan (7) 117 2. Ohio State (3) 108 3. Michigan State (1) 104 4. Northern Michigan 79 NOTRE DAME 79 6. Ferris State 64 7. Miami 49 8. Bowling Green 45 9. Lake Superior 42 10. Western Michigan 24 11. Alaska Fairbanks 15
CCHA PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
Team Pts 1. Michigan 287 2. Ohio State 285 3. Michigan State 258 4. Northern Michigan 194 5. NOTRE DAME 189 6. Miami 153 7. Lake Superior 130 8. Ferris State 126 9. Bowling Green 94 10. Western Michigan 78 11. Alaska Fairbanks 52