Notre Dame, Ind. - Ben Ostlie picked an opportune time to score his first collegiate goal.
After Notre Dame had surrendered a two-goal lead to New Hampshire on Saturday at the Compton Family Ice Arena, Ostlie stepped to the fore with a game-winning strike. His redirect at 11:54 of the second period gave the Irish a 3-2 lead, spurring a 5-3 victory.
Ostlie made his fifth straight appearance in the lineup after spending the better part of the season a healthy scratch. He came in last season as a defenseman but has since played mostly forward.
“It gets to a point where you get sick of wearing your suit all the time and I wore my suit out last year,” Ostlie said. “It’s exciting to finally see a puck go in the net for me. I’ve been working hard and finally get some glory for all that hard work.”
Captain Steven Fogarty scored two goals, defenseman Tony Bretzman the first of his career and Austin Wuthrich also found the back of the net as Notre Dame (11-14-3, 6-5-3 Hockey East) salvaged a split against New Hampshire in the conference series.
Wuthrich staked the Irish to a 1-0 lead in the first period and Fogarty scored his first goal of the game at 2:32 of the second before the Wildcats rallied back.
Warren Foegele scored at 3:34 and Mathias Cleland at 9:50 of the second period to make it 2-2 before Ostlie redirected a Luke Ripley shot from the point down through the legs of New Hampshire goaltender Danny Tirone at 11:54 to recapture the lead.
Tirone made 22 saves.
Bretzman extended the lead to 4-2 at 2:06 of the third period on an assist from Vince Hinostroza, his second of the game. New Hampshire pulled to within one goal at 17:27 but Fogarty added an empty netter with 1:07 remaining to seal the win.
Notre Dame goaltender Chad Katunar made 28 saves.
New Hampshire (9-15-2, 4-9-1 Hockey East) took the series opener Friday by scoring four consecutive goals over the first 32 minutes and 11 seconds of the game.
Warren Foegele scored 2:13 into the game to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. Three goals straight goals in the second period — Andrew Poturalski twice and Matt Willows in between — extended the lead to 4-0 by the 12:11 mark.
Jackson called a time out at that point and inserted Katunar at goaltender in place of Cal Petersen, who finished with eight saves.
“You’re down 4-0,” Jackson said. “You have to do something. Goaltending change was part of it and give them time to refocus. It was just about the compete level and the turnovers. Those are the things. I thought that once we scored the two power play goals we had a little energy and then you get a period break. It would’ve been nice if we could continue playing. It just wasn’t good enough and there are no excuses.”
Notre Dame showed a burst of life with less than a minute left in the period on the strength goals from Mario Lucia and Vince Hinostroza, both on the power play.
But nothing more would come after the second intermission another Willows goal at 14:57 of the third period, sealing a 5-2 New Hampshire victory. Wildcats goaltender Danny Tirone made 24 saves, including nine in the final 20 minutes.