Irish drop road series

Northeastern punished the Notre Dame hockey team in the third period during both games over the weekend en route to a pair of victories and Hockey East sweep.

Two rough third periods cost the Notre Dame hockey team its weekend series.

Northeastern scored a game-winning goal late in the third period Friday for a 3-2 win then poured in three goals during the final 20 minutes Saturday for a 4-2 victory, sending the Irish to a sweep for the first time in Hockey East play this season.

Notre Dame (10-13-3, 5-4-3 Hockey East) rallied from a two-goal deficit Friday to tie the game in the third period before faltering with less than two minutes left.

Kevin Roy and Dalen Hedges staked Northeastern (10-11-4, 6-7-2 Hockey East) to a 2-0 lead in the second period with goals at 2:36 and 13:32, respectively.

Mario Lucia took advantage of an Irish power play to score his 16th goal of the season at 3:11 of the third period to cut the deficit in half. Sam Herr followed it up with seventh of the year at 13:15 to tie it up at 2-2.

“In the third period we came out and we played hockey,” head coach Jeff Jackson said. “We put ourselves in a hole. You can say whatever you want about what happened at the end of the game, we put ourselves in a two-goal hole. I thought in the third period, we started to play.”

Notre Dame outshot Northeastern 13-8 in the third period but the Huskies put a final puck behind goalie Cal Petersen, who made 37 saves after facing 30 shots the first two periods.

Mike McMurty started the final goal by collecting the puck to lead an odd-man rush. McMurty fed Hedges, who finished off the breakaway with a second goal of the game at 18:30 to seal the 3-2 victory. 

“(Petersen) was outstanding,” Jackson said. “He did what he had to do. I challenged him (Friday) morning because he’s slowly taking over our No. 1 job. That’s what he’s capable of. It’s just a matter of him being able to do that on a nightly basis.”

Petersen made a fourth consecutive start Saturday, although Northeastern solved him again.

Thomas DiPauli gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead 10:03 of the first only to see Hedges score a power-play goal at 18:50 to draw the Huskies level. Neither team scored in the second period.

Northeastern controlled the third period with three goals — Zach Aston-Reese at 2:06 and 2:16 then Mike Szmatula at 17:08. Anders Bjork scored his second goal of the season for Notre Dame at 15:19.

Petersen finished with 22 saves in the 4-2 defeat.

“I thought we played well in the first,” Jackson said. “I thought we played OK in the second. In the third, they took over the game. Szmatula’s line took over the game.”


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