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Shayne Taker Selected CCHA Gladiator Defenseman Of The Week

Junior defenseman Shayne Taker has been named the CCHA Gladiator Defenseman of the Week for the week ending Dec. 16.

Dec. 17, 2012

Notre Dame, Ind. - University of Notre Dame hockey junior defenseman Shayne Taker (Surrey, B.C.) has been selected as the CCHA Gladiator Defenseman of the Week as he helped the Irish to their sixth consecutive win in a 4-1 win at Bowling Green on December 15.

In the only game of the week for Notre Dame, Taker scored a goal and added an assist for a career-best two-point night. He took two shots on goal, had one blocked shot and was +1 in the Irish road victory.

The win in the final game before the Christmas break extended Notre Dame's current winning streak to six straight and eight victories in the last nine outing since November 4. The Irish also have won eight straight CCHA conference games. On the season, Notre Dame is now 14-4-0 overall and 10-1-0-0 in the CCHA, good for 30 points and a first-place tie with Miami. The Irish have three games in hand on the RedHawks.

Against Bowling Green, the 6-4, 201-pound defenseman helped set up Bryan Rust's (Jr., Novi, Mich.) game-winning goal on the power play in the second period. Taker moved the puck from the left point with a quick pass to Jeff Costello (Jr., Milwaukee, Wis.) on the goal line to the right of Bowling Green goaltender Andrew Hammond. Costello passed across the front of the goal to Rust at the bottom of the left circle who one-timed a wrist shot inside the left post for his fifth goal of the season at 11:52 to give Notre Dame the 2-1 lead it never relinquished.

In the third period, Taker added an insurance goal on the power play as he moved in from the left point to snap a pass from Costello under the cross bar at 15:14 for his first goal of the year to close the scoring at 4-1. The goal snapped a 44-game goal-less drought for Taker who last scored on Nov. 18, 2011 versus Boston College at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

 

 

For the season, Taker has played in all 18 games with one goal and six assists for seven points. He has 35 shots on goal and is +4 on the season. His 13 blocked shots tie him for fourth on the team in that category. He is part of a defensive corps that has allowed just 29 goals in 18 games this season. Defensively, Notre Dame ranks first in the CCHA in scoring defense, surrendering just 1.61 goals per game. That ranks the Irish second in the nation in team defense.

Notre Dame now breaks for the Christmas holidays and will not be in action again until, Tuesday, Jan. 8 when the Irish travel to Minnesota to face the Golden Gophers at Mariucci Arena. Game time is set for 7:07 p.m. (CT).

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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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