Three third period goals Saturday helped Notre Dame hockey grab some road points.
Cam Morrison started the onslaught by breaking a 2-2 tie with his third goal of the season barely nine minutes into the final period. Jake Evans and Andrew Peeke followed with goals of their own while goalie Cal Petersen made 23 saves to give the Irish a 5-2 win.
Notre Dame (5-3-1), ranked No. 9 in both major polls this week, twice rallied from a goal down to tie the game. That set up the late flurry.
“Their power play was playing pretty good but I thought five-on-five we were playing pretty well,” head coach Jeff Jackson told UND.com. “So falling behind was OK if we could turn it around and play five-on-five. We played five-on-five in the third and that gave us a chance to score some goals and I thought the Evans line (Morrison, Evans and Andrew Oglevie) played really well and that contributed to it.”
Northeastern (3-4-3) started the scoring with a power-play goal by Dylan Sikura at 8:57 of the first period. But Petersen withstood a barrage to make 11 saves while allowing just one goal in the opening 20 minutes.
Defenseman Jordan Gross pulled the Irish even at 2:23 of the second. Northeastern took a 2-1 edge on another power-play goal at 15:57 only to see Andrew Oglevie tie it back up at 18:06.
Morrison scored the game-winning goal at 8:54 of the third on a pass from defenseman Dennis Gilbert, who kept a Northeastern clearing attempt in the zone. Gilbert found Morrison in front of the net and tipped the puck past Huskies goalie Ryan Ruck.
Evans and Peeke followed by padding the lead. Peeke, another defenseman, scored his first collegiate goal. Notre Dame got two goals and three assists from its defensemen.
"It's important that our defense is contributing offensively,” Jackson said. “In this game you don't win anymore without your defensemen being active. Northeastern is always a tough team to generate a lot of stuff down in front and in around the net, so you have to expand the zone and try and get pucks through.”
Turns out Peeke would score the last goal by either team in the series.
After two scoreless periods Sunday, a broken down Zamboni followed by poor ice conditions resulted in a suspension of the finale. The teams will attempt to finish the third period at a later date if scheduling allows.
Petersen made 16 saves in the first two periods. Northeastern goalie Jake Theut, making his first college start, made 22 saves before the game was called off.