Matt Cashore / IrishIllustrated.com

Petersen shines (again) as Irish sweep

Goalie Cal Petersen allowed two goals in two games as the 10th-ranked Notre Dame hockey team swept Vermont over the weekend, moving into a first place tie atop Hockey East with Boston College.

Vermont is probably glad Cal Petersen is comfortably back on his own campus.

Petersen allowed just two goals on 63 shots faced over the weekend as the 10th-ranked Notre Dame hockey team swept a two-game series at Vermont with a 2-1 win Friday and a 3-1 victory Saturday. Petersen stopped over 96 percent of the shots he faced.

The Irish (16-5-7, 12-2-2 Hockey East) moved into a tie for first place atop the league standings alongside Boston College with 26 points in 16 games. Boston College played just one league game over the weekend — a 4-3 win over New Hampshire on Friday.

Petersen made 23 saves Friday as a Thomas DiPauli goal in the third period proved decisive.

After a scoreless first period, Vermont (11-16-2, 5-9-2 Hockey East) took a lead 55 seconds into the second through Mario Puskarich, his eighth goal of the season.

Steven Fogarty answered with an equalizer 59 seconds later, beating Vermont goaltender Packy Munson to the glove side with a wrist shot. DiPauli and Jordan Gross picked up assists.

DiPauli scored the game-winning goal at 12:22 of the third period after Catamounts defenseman Ori Abramson took a roughing penalty. On the ensuing power play, Gross fired a shot from the point. DiPauli tipped it past Munson for his 10th goal of the season.

Munson finished with 28 saves as the Irish put 14 shots on him during the third period.

Gross had two assists Friday then started Notre Dame toward its sweep Saturday with the opening goal. Connor Hurley won an offensive zone draw while both teams were skating 4-on-4. Gross took the puck and shot it past Munson’s glove for a 1-0 lead at 4:39 of the first period.

Petersen made eight saves in the first period and 13 more in the second as Notre Dame maintained its one-goal lead into the final 20 minutes.

Jake Evans made it a 2-0 game at 10:10 of the third period with his sixth goal of the season. Gross picked up another assist, giving him four points on the weekend and 18 helpers this season. He trails only Evans (21) in assists.

Anthony Petruzzelli cut into the lead at 13:36 of the third as Vermont beat Petersen for just the second time in the series.

But Sam Herr threw one into the empty net at 18:12 to secure the 3-1 final and four points out of the weekend. Petersen made 17 saves in the third period and 38 total.

Notre Dame is now 11-1-3 in its last 15 games dating back to late November.


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