Matt Cashore / IrishIllustrated.com

Time’s Up: Irish fall in OT to Wolverines

Notre Dame’s NCAA Tournament woes continue. Michigan’s Tyler Motte scored the game-winning goal in overtime Friday to lift the Wolverines past the Irish in a Midwest Regional semifinal.

Bragging rights in the Notre Dame-Michigan hockey rivalry have shifted back to Ann Arbor.

Tyler Motte scored barely eight minutes into overtime to give the Wolverines a 3-2 win over the Irish on Friday in a Midwest Regional semifinal in Cincinnati, snapping Notre Dame’s five-game winning streak in the series.

The Irish won all five games during the 2012-13 season when both programs were members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. This was their first meeting since.

Michigan (25-7-5) took an early lead when Justin Selman scored 10:31 into the first period direct from a face off win. That edge was short lived.

Anders Bjork erased that deficit with a goal at 15:46, keeping the puck on an odd-man rush. He fired a wrist shot over the blocker of Michigan goaltender Steve Racine to even the score at the first intermission.

Notre Dame (19-11-7) scored again 24 seconds into the second.

Bjork carried the puck into the Michigan zone, leaving it for a trailing Thomas DiPauli, who fired it past Racine for a 2-1 lead. Racine didn’t allow anything else, finishing with 28 saves.

Goalie Cal Petersen, who made 32 saves, helped the Irish maintain that lead well into the third period. He stopped a JT Compher breakaway about five minutes into the period, but couldn’t do the same when defenseman Zach Werenski fired a shot from the point at the 9:52 mark.

Werenski’s blast tied the game 2-2. Boo Nieves and Nicholas Boka picked up the assists.

Michigan nearly took the lead at 16:04 of the third when a Kyle Connor shot slipped through Petersen. DiPauli swept it off the goal line to maintain the tie.

But the Irish weren’t so fortunate in overtime.

Compher lifted a backhand feed into the crease at 8:19 that Motte slipped past Petersen for the game-winning goal.

Notre Dame is now 0-4 in the NCAA tournament since a regional final win during the 2010-11 season.


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