Oct 25, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT
The 2nd-ranked Notre Dame hockey squad travels to Duluth, Minn., to take on Minnesota-Duluth in a pair of hockey contests this weekend.
Here are five tidbits to know heading into the match-up.
- 1. Setting The Stage: Notre Dame takes to the road for each of the next two weeks and starts the four- game road swing this week in Duluth, Minn., against Minnesota Duluth. The Irish and Bulldogs will square off at 7:07 p.m. (CT) on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26 at AMSOIL Arena. Notre Dame comes into the series ranked second in the nation with a 4-0-0 record and is coming off a sweep at home of Michigan Tech, winning 3-2 and 7-3, last weekend. Minnesota Duluth is 2-1-1 on the young season after splitting a pair of games at Colorado College last weekend, dropping the series opener, 3-1, on Friday before taking a 5-1 decision on Saturday. The Bulldogs opened the season with a win and a tie at home against Michigan Tech, winning 2-1, before a 1-1 tie on Oct. 12. With the new conference alignments, Minnesota Duluth is playing this season in the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).
- 2. The Series: Notre Dame and Minnesota Duluth have met 37 times in the all-time series with the Irish holding a 20-13-4 advantage. In games played at Duluth, Notre Dame is 12-4-2 versus the Bulldogs. The Irish have played a pair of games at AMSOIL Arena, splitting two games during the 2011-12 season, losing 4-3 before taking a 5-3 win in the series finale. Since meeting in the 2011 Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn., the two teams have met in each of the last two seasons with the series even at two games each. Last year, the Irish and Bulldogs opened the Irish home schedule with Minnesota Duluth winning, 3-1, before Notre Dame bounced back to take the second game, 4-1.
- 3. On The Power Play: Through the first four games of the 2013-14 season, Notre Dame has already had 40 power-play chances. The next highest total is 29 with both Union Col- lege and Northern Michigan having that many chances after four games. The Irish are eight- for-40 with the man advantage for a 20.0% success rate. That ties them for 17th nationally.
- 4. Between The Pipes: Dating back to Feb. 24, 2012, Irish goaltender Steven Summerhays has played in 45 of Notre Dame’s last 50 games, making 44 starts. During those 45 games, Summerhays is 28-13-2 with a 1.81 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and eight shutouts. He is now 40-23-3 for his career with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. During the 2012-13 campaign, Summerhays was tops among CCHA goaltenders in wins (21) and second in goals-against average (2.01). He was seventh in save percentage (.919) and tied for the league lead with four shutouts. His 21 wins make him the seventh goaltender in the program’s history to record 20 or more wins in a season. Summerhays is the first Irish goaltender to record four shutouts in one season since Jordan Pearce‘09hadeightinthe2008-09season. His back-to-back shutouts this season helped him set a personal best shutout streak of 147:27.
- 5. NHL’ers On The Roster: The Irish have 11 players on the 2013-14 roster that have been selected in the National Hockey League’s Entry Draft. They had two players selected in the 2013 draft, including goaltender Cal Petersen, who was selected in the fifth round, 129th overall by the Buffalo Sabres. He will play this season in the USHL with the Waterloo Black Hawks. Three Irish players were selected in the 2012 Entry Draft. Sophomore Thomas DiPauli (Woodridge, Ill.) led the Notre Dame contingent as he was selected in the fourth round, 100th overall by the Washington Capitals. Seven picks later, Irish junior Austin Wuthrich (Anchorage, Alaska) also was selected in the fourth round, 107th overall by the Capitals. Freshman Vince Hinostroza was selected by his hometown, Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round with the 169th pick. In 2011, sophomore Mario Lucia was a second-round choice, 60th overall of the Minnesota Wild. He was followed by center T.J. Tynan who was a third-round pick, 66th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sophomore Steven Fogarty (Edina, Minn.) went in the third round, 72nd overall to the New York Rangers and Robbie Russo was the fourth Notre Dame player selected as the New York Islanders chose him in the fourth round, 95th overall. In 2010, three Notre Dame players were chosen. Defenseman Stephen Johns, went in the second round of the 2010 draft, 60th overall to the Chicago Blackhawks. One round later in the third round, with the 80th overall pick, right wing Bryan Rust was chosen by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Notre Dame’s final player selected in 2010 was defenseman Kevin Lind (Homer Glen, Ill.) who was picked in the sixth round, 177th overall by the Anaheim Ducks. The lone selection remaining from the 2009 NHL Entry Draft is senior captain Jeff Costello who was chosen by the Ottawa Senators in the fifth round, 146th overall.
You can listen to the game on Cat Country 99.9 in the local Notre Dame area or on UND.com.
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