|1st||1:24||NDM||1-0||EV GW||Dylan Malmquist (4)||Anders Bjork/16, Jordan Gross/9|
|2nd||4:21||NDM||2-0||EV||Cam Morrison (5)||Jordan Gross/10, Dennis Gilbert/7|
|2nd||7:09||NDM||3-0||PP||Andrew Oglevie (9)||Bobby Nardella/9, Jake Evans/12|
|3rd||14:24||NDM||4-0||EV||Cal Burke (1)||Cam Morrison/7|
|3rd||18:49||NDM||5-0||PP||Dylan Malmquist (5)||Anders Bjork/17, Jordan Gross/11|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Notre Dame (10-6-2)||2/5||6/12||0|
|Davis Jones (L, 1-5-1)||59:46||5||9||16||8||33|
|Notre Dame Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Cal Petersen (W, 10-6-2)||60:00||0||11||10||13||34|
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Despite a strong showing by the Nooks in their first game back after the holiday break, the No. 12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish used special teams to their advantage and defeated Alaska 5-0 at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Saturday afternoon. The nonconference loss for the Nanooks drops their overall record to 6-13-2 (5-9-2 WCHA), while the Fighting Irish improve to 10-6-2 overall (5-3-1 HEA).
"Besides the outcome of the game, I liked a lot of things from today," head coach Dallas Ferguson said on Saturday evening. "I thought our transition game was good, which led to several quality scoring chances."
The Nanooks outshot their opponent in two of the three periods on Saturday, including an 11-10 advantage after the first and a 13-10 mark after the third period. In total, the Fighting Irish outshot the Nooks mostly in the second period, with the total shot count coming in favor of Notre Dame 38-34. Senior goaltender Davis Jones made 33 saves on the day, including 16 in the second period, while his counterpart on the other end of the ice Cal Peterson collected 34 saves against the Nanooks.
Peterson collected double-digit saves in each of the three periods throughout the game, most of which came on Alaska's power play efforts, despite going 0-for-4 on the day in power play opportunities. Notre Dame went 2-for-5 on their man-advantage on the day.
"Their special teams play was better than ours this afternoon and that was a factor in the game," Ferguson concluded. "We need to stay disciplined against a team like Notre Dame."
Notre Dame's Dylan Malmquist scored only 1:24 into the first period to give the Fighting Irish a 1-0 lead early in the game. Malmquist walked to the net from the face-off dot in the Alaska zone before making a nifty move on senior goaltender Davis Jones for his first of two goals on the afternoon.
The Fighting Irish tallied two more goals in the second period to give Notre Dame a 3-0 lead going into the second intermission. ND's Cam Morrison batted a bouncing puck past Jones mid-air at the 4:21 mark, while Andrew Oglevie capitalized on the man-advantage backdoor at the 7:09 mark.
Notre Dame's Cal Burke extended the lead to 4-0 at the 14:24 of the third period, while Malmquist ripped a slapshot on the power play to seal the Fighting Irish's 5-0 victory at the 18:49 mark.
The Alaska Nanooks hockey team faces the No. 12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish again tomorrow, Jan. 1 in another nonconference tilt at the Compton Family Ice Arena, with puck-drop slated for 10:05am AKST.
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