Overtime hockey suited Notre Dame just fine Sunday afternoon against UMass-Lowell in the NCAA tournament.
Andrew Oglevie scored two minutes and 44 seconds into the extra period, sending the Irish to their third Frozen Four in program history by clinching a 3-2 win over Lowell in the Northeast Regional Final. Anders Bjork set up the game-winner with his third assist of the game.
Goalie Cal Petersen posted 27 saves.
Notre Dame heads to Chicago next week for a national semifinal against either No. 1 overall seed Denver or Penn State, the Midwest Regional matchup. Harvard and Minnesota-Duluth make up the other semifinal. Both clinched their spots Saturday.
Head coach Jeff Jackson last guided the Irish to a Frozen Four in 2011, when it also won the Northeast Regional. Their first ever trip came in 2008 when the fell in the national title game.
Cam Morrison got Notre Dame (23-11-5) started on the path toward another Frozen Four with the first of two goals.
Bjork played Morrison into the Lowell zone just over midway through the first period. Morrison latched onto the puck, put a shot on Red Hawks goalie Tyler Wall and followed his own rebound by slipping it through the five hole at 11:49, putting the Irish on top.
Lowell answered by way of a Ryan Collins goal at 18:58 to make it a 1-1 tie at the first intermission.
After a scoreless second period, the Red Hawks asserted some control on the game. They worked offensive zone possession and tested Petersen until breaking through again with a John Edwardh goal at 11:38. Edwardh redirected a shot over Petersen, who was screened.
But Bjork wasn’t done just yet with his playmaking.
He found Morrison again at 14:43 of the third to pull the Irish back into a 2-2 tie. Bjork picked up his third assist of the game in overtime, leaving the puck for a wide open Oglevie in the slot.
Oglevie fired the puck past Wall, who made 25 saves, to avenge a loss to Lowell last week in the Hockey East tournament semifinals. Lowell ends the season with a 27-11-3 record and a Hockey East tournament championship.
Notre Dame, meanwhile, carries on to the national semifinal for a third time. Minnesota-Duluth played spoiler at that stage in 2011. The Irish advanced on to the national championship game — its only appearance there — in 2008 before losing to Boston College.