Frozen Four: Late goal lifts Notre Dame to title game

Frozen Four: Late goal lifts Notre Dame to title game

Javier Howell
April 7, 2018

The Bulldogs outshot Ohio State 17-4 in the opening period.

Shortly after falling behind two goals, the Irish went on their second power play of the night. In addition to the Irish, No. 1-seeded Ohio State blew past the defending champion Denver 5-1 to reach the Frozen Four, and No. 2-seeded MI blew past Boston University 6-3. Dylan Malmquist scored with 27 seconds left to beat Providence 2-1 to get to the Frozen Four. "It's not like we were defending for our life - we only gave up 13 shots after two periods". We got a real good defensive group and a good goaltender.

The hockey Big Ten is only a 5-year-old league, and with the addition of Notre Dame before this season, it expanded to seven teams. "Hopefully we don't let them dictate as much as we did a year ago". "That's a strong suit for us". "And when you did see another Bulldog fan at the game you would automatically walk over to them. and we would talk about how nervous we were". "When we jump on teams fast, it's hard for them to recover from that and come back on us". The No. 1-seeded Irish have a ton to prove this year in the Frozen Four, but not as much as the conference they play in: the Big Ten.

But this NCAA tournament, he doesn't needed to put up gaudy save totals because he hasn't needed to. In fact, it's been commonplace in recent seasons. "But you get smacked in the face like that early, it wakes you up". "Staying in a routine is probably the biggest thing for me and just be ready to go Saturday".

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, only return 10 who played that night, though only eight are expected to be in the lineup Thursday. Sophomore wing Riley Tufte leads the Bulldogs in goals (16), and freshman defenseman Scott Perunovich is atop in points (36).

The Irish rallied from a two-goal deficit via goals by Andrew Oglevie, Evans and Cal Burke.

Lavigne made 25 saves.

Three weeks ago at Xcel during the NCHC Frozen Faceoff, there was no home-ice advantage for the Bulldogs.

Frozen Four: Late goal lifts Notre Dame to title game

"Last goal we weren't too concerned", he said. When we scored that goal, we knew we were in this.

The last time a current member won the national title was Michigan State in 2007. Minnesota would be the last at-large team to make the NCAA tournament.

"I'll watch during the game to see if guys break a stick or blow a tire (damages a skate blade)", he said. "And certainly that loss hurt at the time, but I saw the motivation in our guys from this summer on".

"I'd like to think it's helped us", Sandelin said about the previous nailbiters. "It's a lot of fun because our team's got so much confidence". It was a lot of fun in 2011.

The Wolverines were forced to get a bit more aggressive offensively in an attempt to tie the game.

The Irish were able to generate some more opportunities in the latter part of the first period, but didn't have anything to show for it as they went to the locker room trailing 1-0.

It wasn't broken, just aggravated. "And Cam did a really good job of putting it out there for me".

"It's something you just need to battle through", Tufte said. Shepard stopped 19 shots against Minnesota State-Mankato in the first round and 11 against Air Force in the region final.

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