Steven Fogarty wasted little time taking a step forward on offense, opening the season with a hat trick and powering the Notre Dame hockey to a road split at Penn State over the weekend.
Fogarty scored three times Friday for the first hat trick of his career and added an assist in a 7-4 win at Pegula Ice Arena. Notre Dame sped to a 3-1 lead in the first period with goals from Thomas DiPauli, Andy Ryan and Fogarty.
Two more Fogarty goals in the second period put the Irish up 5-1.
“I’ve been waiting for this day,” head coach Jeff Jackson told UND.com. “Steven’s a guy who has always had the ability to do this. Its just one game though, we need him playing at that same level every night, not necessarily scoring three goals, but he’s always had the ability.”
Penn State scored twice before the second period ended to make it 5-3 heading into the second intermission.
Mario Lucia scored his first goal of the season early in the third period and Ryan added a second en route to the 7-4 final. Goalie Cal Petersen finished with 32 saves, including 15 in the first period.
“One turnover and the whole momentum of the game changed late in the second period,” Jackson said. “But it was huge and a positive sign to respond coming out in the third and getting that next goal. That was a real positive sign to me.”
Sam Herr netted three assists, a career high. Lucia’s goal is the 50th of his career.
Notre Dame (1-1-0) couldn’t keep the offensive onslaught going in the second game of the series.
Ben Ostlie scored in the first period and Dylan Malmquist in the second to build a 2-1 lead. But Penn State capitalized on an extended 5-on-3 advantage to score three goals in a span of just over two minutes, racing to a 4-2 lead midway through the second period.
“Our team has to have the discipline to make good puck decisions, which we did at times,” Jackson said. “At the offensive blue line, we need to get it deep and avoid some turnovers.”
Lucia cut into the lead with another goal at 14:30 of the second period. Chances to tie came and went, however, before Penn State (2-1-0) threw one into the empty net at 19:47 of the third period.
Penn State finished 3-for-3 on the power play, including the empty netter.
Petersen made 34 saves in the Irish net.
“We learned some things about our team this weekend with some of the forwards and some of the defensemen,” Jackson added. “In that way it was a good experience for us and this was a great environment with good hockey.”