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Mario Lucia Selected CCHA Gongshow Rookie Of The Week

Freshman Mario Lucia was named the CCHA Gongshow Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Dec. 10, 2012

Notre Dame, Ind. - For the second consecutive week, University of Notre Dame hockey freshman left wing Mario Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.) has been selected as the CCHA Gongshow Rookie of the Week as he helped the Irish to a series sweep last weekend versus Michigan State.

In two games versus the Spartans, Lucia scored once and added a pair of assists for three points. He had three shots on goal and was +1 in the 3-2 and 5-1 victories for the Irish. The talented left wing now has a four-game point streak that has seen him score four goals and add a pair of assists for six points.

The two wins give Notre Dame five straight overall and seven consecutive victories in CCHA action. The Irish are now 13-4-0 overall and 9-1-0-0 in conference play, good for 27 points. Saturday night's win over the Spartans, coupled with Miami's loss to Lake Superior State moved Notre Dame into first place in the conference with a two-point lead over the RedHawks with two games in hand. The Irish are now ranked third in the nation in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll and the USCHO.com rankings.

In Friday's 3-2 win, Lucia scored on the power play and assisted on T.J. Tynan's (Jr., Orland Park, Ill.) power-play game winner while getting two shots on goal and being even for the game. His goal came at 9:53 of the second period and broke a 1-1 tie as he scored off a pretty passing play from Tynan. Defenseman Robbie Russo (So., Westmont, Ill.) moved the puck from the center point to Tynan in the left circle. The junior center zipped a pass across the slot to Lucia who was camped on the doorstep. The freshman left wing just one-timed the pass behind the Michigan State goaltender to make it 2-1. For Lucia, it was his fifth goal in seven games since returning to the lineup.

Later in the period at 17:48, Lucia returned the favor as he set up Tynan, threading the needle with a pass across the crease to Tynan on the right side of the goal to make it 3-1.

 

 

On Saturday, in Notre Dame's 5-1 victory, Lucia helped set up Mike Voran's (Jr., Livonia, Mich.) game winner at 13:50 of the second period. He had one shot on goal and was +1 in the contest. On the goal, Lucia moved the puck from below the goal line on the right side to defenseman Sam Calabrese (Sr., Park Ridge, Ill.) who one-timed a pass to Voran at the top of the crease on the left post. Voran one-timed the pass behind Michigan State goaltender Will Yanakeff to give the Irish a 2-0 lead.

For the season, Lucia has now played in eight games since returning from a broken leg that sidelined him for the first nine games of the season. He has five goals and three assists for eight points with three power-play goals and is +2 for the year.

Lucia and the Irish will take their final exams this week before returning to action in a 7:05 p.m. game on Saturday, December 15 at Bowling Green. He then leaves on Dec. 16 to attend USA Hockey's training camp prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia, Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

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October 1
5:05 PM
USNTDP
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 6
7:35 PM
Alabama-Huntsville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 7
7:05 PM
Alabama-Huntsville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 13
7:35 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 14
7:05 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 19
7:35 PM
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 20
7:35 PM
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 26
7:35 PM
Nebraska-Omaha
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 27
7:35 PM
Nebraska-Omaha
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 3
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)
November 4
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)
November 10
7:35 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 11
7:05 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 17
7:05 PM
RPI
Troy, NY (Houston Field House)
November 18
7:05 PM
RPI
Troy, NY (Houston Field House)
November 24
7:35 PM
Minnesota
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 25
7:05 PM
Minnesota
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
December 1
7:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, MI (Munn Ice Arena)
December 2
7:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, MI (Munn Ice Arena)
December 8
8:05 PM
Wisconsin
Madison, WI (LaBahn Arena)
December 9
8:05 PM
Wisconsin
Madison, WI (LaBahn Arena)
January 5
7:05 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI (Yost Ice Arena)
January 7
5:05 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 19
7:35 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 20
7:05 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 26
8:05 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)
January 27
8:05 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)
February 2
7:05 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)
February 3
7:05 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)
February 9
7:35 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 10
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 16
7:35 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 18
5:05 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI (Yost Ice Arena)
February 23
7:35 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 24
7:05 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
March 2
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