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    FIGHTING IRISH Junior left wing Jeff Costello has three goals and two assists for five points in his last three games.
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    Junior left wing Jeff Costello has three goals and two assists for five points in his last three games.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Nov. 28, 2012

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    • The Teams:#6/#6 Notre Dame (9-4-0/5-1-0-0) vs. Lake Superior State (7-7-0/4-4-0)

    • The Games:Friday, November 30, 2012 • Compton Family Ice Arena (5,022) • 7:35 p.m.

    Saturday, December 1, 2012 • Compton Family Ice Arena (5,022) • 7:05 p.m.

    • Broadcast Information: Radio:The Notre Dame-Lake Superior State series will be broadcast live on Real Country 99.9 FM in South Bend. Darin Pritchett, the voice of the Irish, will call the action.

    • Internet: Audio/Video:Live audio/video streaming for the Lake Superior series is available on the Notre Dame website at UND.com free of charge. Statistics: Gametracker is available on the Notre Dame website at UND.com. Livestats can be found at ccha.com or collegehockeyinc. com. Twitter:Follow Irish hockey on Twitter at ND_hockey.

    BACK TO CCHA ACTION: Notre Dame returns to CCHA action this weekend and plays the final five games of the 2012 portion of the schedule against league foes before breaking for the Christmas holidays. This weekend, the Irish continue their six-game home stand with a two-game series against the Lake Superior State Lakers on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Friday's game has a 7:35 p.m. start time while Saturday's game starts at 7:05 p.m. Notre Dame brings a 9-4-0 overall record into the weekend and is 5-1-0-0 in the CCHA, good for 15 points and a second-place tie with Ferris State and Ohio State. The Irish trail first-place Miami by one point in the standings with two games in hand. Notre Dame comes into the Lake Superior series off a home split with North Dakota, losing a 2-1 decision on Nov. 23 before winning, 5-2, on Nov. 24. The Irish are ranked sixth in both the USAToday/American Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls. The Lakers bring a 7-7-0 overall record and a 4-4-0-0 mark in CCHA play to the Compton Family Ice Arena. They have 12 points in the league standings, good for sixth place in the standings and are two points out of fifth, three points out of second and four points behind first-place Mimai. Lake Superior hosted Ohio State last weekend, falling to the Buckeyes, 4-1, on Friday but bouncing back for a 3-2 win on Saturday. The Lakers have split all seven of their series so far this season.

    IRISH VERSUS LAKERS: Notre Dame and Lake Superior have met 62 times in the all-time series with the Irish holding a 30-25-7 advantage. This is the first time that the Lakers will play at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The Irish lead the series in games played at Notre Dame, 18-9-4. The last time the two teams played on campus was the 2010-11 season when they met in two regular season games and then three times in the second round of the CCHA playoffs. The Irish won both regular season games and won the playoff series, two games to one at the Joyce Center. Last year, the teams split a pair of games at Taffy Abel Arena with Notre Dame winning 4-1 and the Lakers taking a 5-2 decision in the second game.

    HOLIDAY PROMOTIONS: The Notre Dame hockey team will host its annual Teddy Bear Toss and Skate with the Irish and Santa promotions on Sat., Dec. 1 versus Lake Superior State. Fans are asked to bring Teddy Bears (a limited number can be purchased at the game) to the game to throw on the ice during the second intermission. All the Teddy Bears will be donated to Toys for Tots. Following the game, all fans will be able to Skate with the Notre Dame hockey team and with Santa on the Lefty Smith Rink. A limited number of tickets remain for this game.

    NEXT FOR THE IRISH: Notre Dame closes out its six-game home stand next weekend with a visit from Michigan State on Dec. 7-8. Both cames will start at 7:05 p.m. Friday's game will be televised by NBC Sports Network while Saturday's game will be shown on Comcast.

    UPCOMING TIME CHANGE: Notre Dame's game on Friday, Dec. 7 versus Michigan State has had the start time changed from 7:35 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised live by the NBC Sports Network.

    NORTH DAKOTA RECAP: Friday, Nov. 23 - The University of North Dakota got goals from Nick Mattson and Danny Kristo and junior goaltender Clarke Saunders stopped 34-of-35 shots as UND held off Notre Dame for a 2-1 win in front of a sellout crowd at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Friday. Anders Lee (Edina, Minn.) scored Notre Dame's lone goal in the game on a second-period power-play chance. It looked like Lee had a goal late in the game that would have tied it but that was waved off when the referee said a puck had been frozen. Replays showed differently. North Dakota scored its first goal late in the first period as Mattson scored on a slap shot from the center point at 19:57 of the first period. Kristo made it 2-0 on the power play at 2:43 of the second with a backhander off a nice set up by Corban Knight who had two assists in the game. The Irish cut that lead in half at 5:25 of the second with Lee's power-play goal. Freshman Mario Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.) put a shot from the right point on goal that Lee was able to deflect and then jam the rebound past Saunders for his sixth goal of the season. The Irish would out shoot North Dakota, 36-17, in the game. Notre Dame's Steven Summerhays (Jr., Anchorage, Alaska) had 15 saves for the Irish. Notre Dame was 1-for-5 on the power play while North Dakota was 1-for-2.

    Saturday, Nov. 24 - Anders Lee, Jeff Costello (Jr., Milwaukee, Wis.) and Kevin Lind (Jr., Homer Glen, Ill.) each had three-point games and goaltender Steven Summerhays stopped 30 shots as Notre Dame downed North Dakota, 5-2, in the second game of the series. Lee and Costello each had two goals and an assist while Lind scored a short-handed goal with a pair of assists in the win. Mark MacMillan and Rocco Grimaldi scored for North Dakota. Lee scored the first goal of the game at 7:23 of the first period with a backhander past goaltender Zane Gothberg. UND tied the game at 5:07 of the second as MacMillan cashed in on a 2-on-1 with Danny Kristo to make it 1-1. Lind put the Irish ahead to stay at 6:09 with a 4-on-3 shorthanded goal as his slapshot from the left point deflected over Gothberg's right shoulder for Lind's first of the season. Lee scored the game winner at 13:30 when Costello found him in the slot and he whipped a wrist shot past Gothberg for his eighth of the year and a 3-1 lead. The Notre Dame captain returned the favor late in the third when he set up a Costello goal on a wrist shot from the left circle at 18:34 to make it 4-1. Grimaldi beat Summerhays from the right face-off dot at 18:47 to make it 4-2 and Costello notched his second of the game, scoring into an empty net at 19:41 for the final of 5-2. The Irish out shot North Dakota, 41-32, with Gothberg making 36 saves in the game. Both teams were 0-for-5 on the power play.

    WEATHERING THE STORM: Last weekend's series with seventh-ranked North Dakota closed out a streak of 11 consecutive games for Notre Dame versus nationally ranked teams. The streak that started on Oct. 18 versus Minnesota Duluth saw the Irish win seven of the 11 contests. Here is a look at Notre Dame's recent schedule against ranked teams. (Rankings are USA Today/USCHO.com. Rankings listed for games played are team's rankings on the day of the game).

    10/18   vs. #13/#13 Minnesota Duluth         L, 1-3
    10/19	vs. #13/#13 Minnesota Duluth         W, 4-1
    10/26	at #15/#16 No. Michigan              W, 5-2
    10/27	at #15/#16 No. Michigan              W, 3-2
    11/2	vs. #11/#11 Western Michigan         L, 2-3
    11/4	vs. #11/#11 Western Michigan         W, 4-0
    11/9	at #1/#1 Boston College              L, 1-3
    11/15	at #13/#13 Michigan                  W, 3-1
    11/16	at #13/#13 Michigan                  W, 4-1
    11/23	vs. #7/#7 North Dakota               L, 1-2
    11/24	vs. #7/#7 North Dakota               W, 5-2
    

    SCORING FIRST: Scoring the first goal of the game has been important to Notre Dame's early-season success. The Irish are 8-0-0 when they get the first goal of the game and 1-4-0 when the opposition scores first.

    OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior center Anders Lee was named the CCHA Postgame Offensive Player of the Week for his play in the series versus North Dakota. The Edina, Minn., native scored three goals with one assist for four points, scoring one power-play goal and one game winner. He had 14 shots in the two games, including a career-best nine in the 5-2 win, added a blocked shot and was +1 for the weekend. This is his second offensive player of the week honor as he also was named the week of Nov. 5.

    CAREER NIGHT: Junior defenseman Kevin Lind turned in a career-best three-point game (1g, 2a) in the 5-2 win over North Dakota. His goal was the first short-handed goal of his career and snapped a 49-game, goal-scoring drought. Prior to Saturday's game, Lind's last goal came on Oct. 8, 2011 versus Minnesota Duluth.

    MULTIPLE-GOAL GAMES: Left wing Jeff Costello recorded the first multiple-goal game of his Notre Dame career in the 5-2 win over North Dakota (Nov. 24). Costello's three-point game equaled a career-best set versus Lake Superior on 3/11/11. The junior from Milwaukee, Wis., now has five points in his last three games (3g, 2a). Anders Lee recorded his second multiple-goal game this season in the same contest and now has 10 games with two or more goals in his Irish hockey career.

    WEARING THEM DOWN: Through the first 13 games of the season, Notre Dame is proving to be a third-period team. The Irish are out shooting the opposition by a 137-94 margin (+43) in the third period and out scoring them by a 15-4 margin (+11) in the third. Over the first two periods, Notre Dame has a 283-228 shot advantage (+55) and a 22-18 (+4) scoring advantage.

    SHORT-HANDED: Notre Dame's penalty-killing unit saw its streak of 16 consecutive power plays killed end on North Dakota's first chance of the game when Danny Kristo scored at 2:43 of the second period on Nov. 23. The Irish had not given up a power-play goal since Nov. 2 versus Western Michigan. They bounced back the following night, blanking UND on five chances. For the season, they are 46-for-51 when short-handed for a 90.2% success rate. Notre Dame is tops in the CCHA in penalty killing and ranks seventh in the nation. The Irish also have three short-handed goals.

    ODD FACT: Notre Dame has given up all five opponent power-play goals at home this season. The Irish are 22-of-27 on the penalty kill at home for an 81.5% success rate. On the road and on neutral ice, Notre Dame is 24-of-24 killing penalties.

    MOVEMBER MOMENTS: Members of the Notre Dame hockey team are participating in the annual "Movember" event that encourages men to grow a "Mo" (moustache) during the month of November to raise awareness and funds for men's health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer inititiaves. The fund-raising efforts are being spearheaded by junior defenseman Stephen Johns (Wampum, Pa.). The entire Irish team is involved in the effort and various fundraising efforts have been underway during the month of Movember. The final day to join in the fundraising efforts is Nov. 30 versus Lake Superior State. A silent auction will be held at the game and moustaches can be purchased for $1. To make a donation to the Notre Dame hockey team, check the team site http://us.movember.com/mospace/5672569.

    WORK HORSE: Dating back to last Feb. 24, Irish goaltender Steven Summerhays has started 17 of Notre Dame's last 19 games. During those 17 starts, Summerhays is 11-6-0 with a 1.51 goals-against average, a .942 save percentage and four shutouts. His shutout win versus Western Michigan (4-0) on Nov. 4 was the 20th win of his Notre Dame career. He is now 23-16-1 for his career with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. This season, Summerhays leads the CCHA in wins (8) and is second in goals-against average (1.59). He is fourth in save percentage (.935) and tied for first with two shutouts. Nationally, he is seventh in goals against, 10th in save percentage, tied for second in wins and tied for third in shutouts.

    SHOOTING THE PUCK: Through the first 13 games of the 2012-13 season, Notre Dame has outshot its opposition in 10 of them, getting 30 or more shots in a game 10 times. The Irish are averaging 32.3 shots per game to 24.8 for their opponents. In games that the Irish have more shots, they are 7-3-0. When they are out shot, the Irish are 2-1-0. The 41 shots against North Dakota on Nov. 24 was a season high for Notre Dame. The 20 shots that the Irish registered against Boston College was a season low for a game while the two shots the Irish had in the second period was a season-low for one period.

    CLIMBING THE LADDER: Junior center T.J. Tynan (Orland Park, Ill.) reached the "Century" mark in scoring at Notre Dame on November 15th to become the 47th player in the program's history to reach 100 points for his career. Next on the list is junior center Anders Lee who now has 49 goals and 42 assists for 91 points in 97 career games. Lee needs one more goal to become the 32nd player in the program's history to score 50 or more goals in his career.

    
    "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	211
    

    37. Aaron Gill (2000-04) 49 62 111 Connor Dunlop (1999-03) 25 86 111 39. Jack Brownschidle (1973-77) 31 78 109 40. Tim Reilly (1981-86) 43 65 108 41. Billy Maday (2008-12) 45 60 105 Aniket Dhadphale (1995-99) 61 44 105 43. Bob Thebeau (1982-86) 40 63 103 44. T.J. Tynan (2009-) 38 63 101 Kevin Hoene (1968-71) 50 51 101 Matt Hanzel (1985-89) 50 51 101 47. Paul Clarke (1973-77) 38 62 100 -- Anders Lee (2009 -) 49 42 91

    BRIGHT KIDS: University of Notre Dame athletic programs again rank as the best in the country in graduation rates, based on Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figures released by the NCAA -- including first-place ratings in the sports of football, men's basketball, women's basketball and ice hockey. Among the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision institutions, Notre Dame had the highest percentage of its sports with 100 percent scores (for the seventh time in eight years), with a .863 figure (19 of 22). In hockey, Notre Dame achieved a 100 GSR rating, to rank first (tied with Bowling Green) among Division I-A football-playing institutions. Here are the FBS institutions with scores of 65 or higher in that category:

    
    Score     Institution
    100       Notre Dame, Bowling Green
    96        U.S. Air Force Academy
    94        Michigan
    85        U.S. Military Academy,
              Boston College, Connecticut
    83        Miami (Ohio)
    73        Western Michigan
    65        Michigan State
    

    The four-year GSR data is based upon the entering classes from 2002 to 2005. In addition to men's and women's basketball and hockey, other Notre Dame programs recording 100 GSR scores in the 2012 listings were baseball, men's cross country/track, women's cross country/track, men's fencing, women's fencing, men's golf, women's golf, women's lacrosse, women's rowing, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's softball, men's swimming, women's swimming, women's tennis and women's volleyball.

    SELLOUT CROWDS: A standing room sellout crowd of 5,022 watched Friday night's 2-1 loss to North Dakota at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The sellout was the third in six home games for the Irish this season. In the first 25 games played at the CFIA over its first two seasons, Notre Dame has had 14 standing-room sellout crowds. Over the first 25 games, the Irish have played in front of an average of 4,789 per game.

    NATIONAL LETTERS-OF-INTENT: Irish head coach Jeff Jackson announced on Nov. 28 that Notre Dame has signed six student-athletes to national letters-of-intent. The six are: Dawson Cook (Cadillac, Mich.), Jordan Gross (Maple Grove, Minn.), Chad Katunar (Victoria, B.C.), Andre Oglevie (Fullerton, Calif.), Cal Petersen (Waterloo, Iowa) and Ali Thomas (New York, N.Y.). Dawson is a 6-1, 198-pound center who currently plays for the USA Under-18 Team in Ann Arbor, Mich. Gross is a 5-11, 178-pound defenseman who is in his first season with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Katunar is a 6-6, 218-pound goaltender who plays in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) with the Penticton Vees. Oglevie is a 5-9, 156-pound right wing who is with the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the USHL. Petersen is a 6-1, 175-pound goaltender who is a member of the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks and Thomas is a 6-2, 211-pound left wing who started the year with the USHL's Chicago Steel before being traded to the Des Moines Buccaneers. Those six will join forward Vince Hinostroza (Bartlett, Ill.) and defenseman Justin Wade (Aurora, Ill.) who signed letters-of-intent last November but deferred to this season. Hinostroza is a teammate of Petersen's in Waterloo while Wade plays for the Fargo Force. (For more information on the Irish recruiting class, check the Notre Dame website at und.com).

    
    Stats as of Nov. 28, 2012
    BCHL                            GP    G    A   PTS    PIM
    Chad Katunar - Penticton      21 GP, 14-7-0, 2.41, .919 sv%
    

    USHL GP G A PTS PIM Jordan Gross - Green Bay 21 1 5 6 2 Vince Hinostroza - Waterloo 14 11 9 20 4 Andrew Oglevie - C. Rapids 17 1 6 7 6 Ali Thomas - Chi./D. Moines 17 2 4 6 9 Justin Wade - Fargo 14 1 1 2 32 Cal Petersen - Waterloo 10 GP, 8-2-0, 2.70, .908 sv%

    USA UNDER-18 GP G A PTS PIM Dawson Cook 20 2 4 6 2

    WELCOME BACK: Freshman left wing Mario Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.) returned to the Notre Dame lineup against Michigan after missing the first nine games of the season with a broken leg. Lucia was injured on August 29 in preseason conditioning. The son of University of Minnesota head hockey coach and Notre Dame alum, Don Lucia `81, Mario played last season for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) where he was a teammate of current freshman center Steven Fogarty (Edina, Minn.). With Penticton, Lucia was second in scoring with 42 goals and 52 assists for 94 points in 56 games, helping the Vees to the BCHL regular-season and postseason titles and the RBC Cup as the Canadian Junior A champions. Lucia scored his first collegiate goal in his second game back, the 4-1 win over Michigan.

    STRONG START: Notre Dame's 9-4-0 start this season is tied for the seventh-best start in the program's history after 13 games. The previous best starts for the Irish after 13 games were:

    1989-90:  10-3-0
    1987-88:   9-2-2
    2011-12:   9-2-2
    2006-07:   9-3-1
    2008-09:   9-3-1
    2010-11:   9-3-1
    2007-08:   9-4-0
    2012-13:   9-4-0
    1998-99:   8-3-2
    

    RARE SWEEP: Notre Dame's back-to-back wins at Michigan on Nov. 15-16 marked just the fourth all-time sweep for the Irish at Yost Arena in the program's history. The last time that Notre Dame won a series at Michigan came on Feb. 3-4, 1978 when the two teams were members of the WCHA, 35 seasons ago. The previous sweeps came in 1970-71, 1972-73 and 1977-78. This marked the 22nd, two-game series played between the two programs in the 45-year history of the program.

    SHARING THE WEALTH: Through the first 13 games of the 2012-13 season, 14 different Notre Dame players have scored the team's 37 goals with Anders Lee leading the way with eight. Junior left wing Jeff Costello is second with five. Nineteen of the team's 22 skaters have scored at least one point with Lee leading the way with 13 points. Seven different players have scored game-winning goals for the Irish with Bryan Rust and Steven Fogarty leading the way with a pair.


     

     

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