Two road wins keeps the Notre Dame hockey team right on track.
Dylan Malmquist scored twice Saturday as the Irish rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 4-2 win, capping a series sweep of Maine after a 3-2 victory Friday in the series opener. Doing so means they’re tied for third with UMass-Lowell in the Hockey East standings with 23 points.
Boston College exits the weekend in first place with 27 points. Boston University is in second with 24. Providence is in fourth with 22.
Notre Dame (17-9-4, 10-5-3 Hockey East) started the series by building a 3-2 lead then holding off a late Maine charge.
Jack Jenkins scored 1:05 into the game Friday for his fourth goal of the season. Anders Bjork made it a 2-0 Irish lead just over five minutes later. Andrew Oglevie then added another less than two minutes into the second.
Maine attempted to rally in the third with a goal from Brendan Robbins at 12:42 and another from Nolan Vesey with the goaltender pulled at 19:56.
But the Irish held on for a 3-2 win. Goalie Cal Petersen made 29 saves. Defenseman Dennis Gilbert had a pair of assists.
Maine (10-17-3, 4-13-1 Hockey East) ambushed the Irish on Saturday, scoring just 26 seconds into the game with a Blaine Byron goal. Robbins then scored his second of the weekend toe give the Black Bears at 2-0 lead at 3:03 of the second.
Defenseman Jordan Gross started the Notre Dame comeback bid with a power-play goal at 8:44 of the second, capitalizing on a 5-on-3 opportunity.
Gross picked up an assist during another power play as Malmquist scored the first of his two goals at 18:41 of the second to make it a 2-2 game. Malmquist added another at even strength less than three minutes into the third period to boost Notre Dame into a 3-2 lead.
Oglevie scored his second of the weekend and 18th of the season at 16:21 of the third to give the Irish a decisive 4-2 advantage. Petersen needed only 17 saves in the win.