NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Three points and a jump in the league standings makes for a nice home hockey weekend.
Scoring a pair of third period goals Saturday put the Notre Dame hockey team in that position.
After rallying to secure a 2-2 tie Friday against New Hampshire, the Irish posted a 3-0 win in the series finale to take three total points from the weekend. Doing so vaulted Notre Dame into fourth place in Hockey East with 16 points from 13 games. Boston College leads with 21 points in 14 games.
“We were definitely going in to win both games,” said center Jake Evans. “But we played well I think both nights. (Friday) night we had a couple turnovers, one by me, and penalties. I think that kinda cost us. We eliminated those and that’s what shows. Three points against that team is pretty good. They’re a highly offensive team. We’re pretty happy with three.”
Evans helped secure those points Saturday with a goal and an assist in the win. Goalie Cal Petersen made 31 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and 10th of his career. He’s now three short of Steven Summerhays for the career shutout record.
Dylan Malmquist gave the Irish (14-8-3, 7-4-2 Hockey East) a lead with his sixth goal of the season at 14:16 of the first period. Neither team scored in the second.
Andrew Peeke made it 2-0 at 3:54 of the third, shooting to the wide side of the net after Evans found him on a cross-ice feed. Evans picked up his 16th assist of the season in setting up Peek’s goal.
Evans then followed with a goal of his own at 7:52 to finish the scoring. He cleaned up the rebound off a Cam Morrison shot, backhanding it just under the cross bar.
“We did a pretty good job of getting to the net,” Evans said. “Like my goal, I think you just had to follow up on the shot and stay with it. Their goalie played really well this weekend and was really athletic, so it’s probably not the first shot that will get to him but the second can get to him.”
Petersen, meanwhile, made 13 saves in the third period to finish his shutout. New Hampshire (11-9-4, 6-3-3 Hockey East) put some shots on net but came up short on quality chances throughout the night.
“In the third period we had some decent quality shots,” said New Hampshire head coach Dick Umile. “Just before they scored that second goal I think (Brendan) van Riemsdyk had a couple great chances. Petersen made a couple big saves.”
Joe Wegwerth’s third period goal Friday helped Notre Dame salvage a point out of the series opener.
After Andrew Oglevie opened the scoring to give the Irish a 1-0 lead barely four minutes into the game, New Hampshire responded with a pair goals to surge ahead. Jason Salvaggio scored in the first period then Patrick Grasso notched a power-play goal at 4:51 of the second.
Notre Dame mounted pressure on Wildcats goalie Danny Tirone with 49 total shots on goal. But it took until 9:24 of the third period for another to go in when Wegwerth made it 2-2.
Petersen made 26 saves, including nine in the third period.
“I thought we played pretty well,” said Irish head coach Jeff Jackson. “It’s always hard, you always want to win but there’s those games where you feel like you played well and didn’t complete the job. It was good that we came back and tied it. It was a frustrating tie.”