|2nd||3:11||NDM||1-0||EV GW||Jack Jenkins (2)||Joe Wegwerth/4|
|2nd||4:15||NDM||2-0||EV||Anders Bjork (14)||Jordan Gross/12, Dylan Malmquist/10|
|2nd||4:47||NDM||3-0||PP||Jordan Gross (5)||Anders Bjork/18, Dylan Malmquist/11|
|2nd||11:35||NDM||4-0||PP||Jake Evans (6)||Andrew Oglevie/11, Andrew Peeke/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Notre Dame (11-6-2)||2/5||5/10||0|
|Jesse Jenks (L, 5-9-1)||60:00||4||10||14||8||32|
|Notre Dame Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Cal Petersen (W, 11-6-2)||59:56||0||4||5||12||21|
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - A one-minute lapse in the second period gave the No. 12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish the momentum they needed to defeat the Alaska Nanooks hockey team 4-0 in the final game of a nonconference series between the two former Central Collegiate Hockey Association rivals at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Sunday morning. The Nanooks' overall record drops to 6-14-2 (5-9-2 WCHA), while the Fighting Irish improve to 11-6-2 (5-3-1 Hockey East).
"The first and third periods were solid for us this afternoon," head coach Dallas Ferguson said following Sunday's game. "Outside of their power play, I thought we minimized their quality scoring chances. It seemed like whatever we threw at their goalie, he had an answer for us, hats off to him."
Sunday's game seemed to be a battle of the goaltenders, as sophomore goaltender Jesse Jenks made 33 saves on the day, including 10 in the first period and 14 in the second period, to mark his fourth game of 30-plus saves this season. The Crofton, British Columbia native also turned away 15 of Notre Dame's shots while on the penalty kill.
On the other end of the ice, Notre Dame's Cal Peterson recorded 21 saves against the Nanooks, including 12 saves in the third period alone.
After a scoreless first period, Notre Dame's Jack Jenkins tallied an even-strength goal at the 3:11 mark of the second to give the Fighting Irish the early lead. Only one minute and four seconds later, ND's Anders Bjork registered his 14th goal of the season to make it 2-0 early in the second period.
Notre Dame's scoring continued, as both Jordan Gross (4:47) and Jake Evans (11:35) collected power play goals to make it a 4-0 going into second intermission.
Despite dominating the majority of puck possession in the third period, ND's Petersen shut the door and sealed the Fighting Irish's victory.
"We got caught off of a bad line change in transition play and next thing you know, you're down 2-0 in back-to-back shifts," Ferguson added. "Those two plays gave Notre Dame the momentum that they carried through the remainder of the second period."
As a team, Alaska was outshot by their opponent 21-36, as redshirt-junior Justin Woods recorded four shots on goal for the Nanooks, the highest of his teammates. The Nooks were 0-of-5 on power play opportunities, while Notre Dame went 2-of-5.
"We are not happy about the results from this weekend," Ferguson concluded. "We have to find ways to capitalize on our scoring chances, especially since we're getting back into conference play in a couple weeks. If we were able to put a few of those scoring chances away, the games would look a lot different."
The Alaska Nanooks hockey team will enjoy a bye-week before embarking on a two-week Western Collegiate Hockey Association road trip, first against the Ferris State Bulldogs on Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 14. Puck-drop is slated for 3:07pm AKST on both days.