Thursday Recap - Notre Dame


The 13th ranked University of Minnesota Duluth skate by the 9th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their home opener, away from Amsoil, giving the Dogs a 100% road winning percentage!  :)

I was unable to watch the whole game because Century Link sucks and decided to shorten our bandwidth last night so my feed was absolutely awful, but i did watch a good period and a half and got to listen to Bruce call the game off the radio.  But thank God the game is on MY9 tonight.

First period play?  Lets just say it was rough.  If you happen to catch any of the first period you would have known it was not skated 5 on 5 very often.  Welinski started the penalty game off with a 2 minute minor for hooking then from there everyone went nuts.  21 minutes were spent in the box between both teams, including Kevin Lind's violent contact to the head of Caleb Herbert.  He was booted from the game giving UMD a nice 5 on 3 for freshman Cal Decowski to put one past ND goalie Steven Summerhays.

The second period was when my internet cut out.  I was not a happy camper.  But Danny DeLisle was able to get a shorty by sticking around the neutral zone, earning a break away to find the back of the net giving the Dogs a 2 to 0 lead.  Just a couple minutes after that, Justin Crandall was able to slip one by the Fighting Irish to give the Dogs a 3 nil lead.  Shortly after, Luke McManus found himself in the box for holding, giving Bryan Rust a chance to put one past UMD to shorten the lead at 3 to 1.

Period number three was much cleaner from a penalty stand point and no one was able to add to the scores, so the by the end of the third, the puppies were able to hold on for a 3 to 1 lead in Notre Dame.

For the record, Matt McNeely is a stud.  He made a lot of great saves and ill give credit to the defense for giving him a clear view of the puck for the most part as well, but for it being his first collegiate start, he played one hell of a game.

Matt McNeely vs UMD
(Photo: Dave Harwig -

I also thought Drew Olson played very well.  There was a point when Drew drove to the net, drawing a penalty but really showed how quick and aggressive he can be, which yeah, is nice to know now.

And last shout out goes the fourth line, who accounted for 2 of the 3 goals and 3 of the 8 total points.  Sandy gives credit to all the freshman for stepping up and they really have.  Which goes back to the whole "reloading not rebuilding" phrase we saw preseason.  The younger kids have played with passion and skated hard thus giving us these wins.

Tonight, much like last weekend's second game, is going to be a different story.

Every skater is going to need to contribute and skate the entire shift if UMD is going to pull out a road sweep.  I would assume McNeely will get the start based on how he played last night and if the defense plays as well as they did yesterday we should be able to keep the goals way down, if any.

You can catch the game on the Notre Dame website FREE or locally in Duluth on MY9 tonight at 6:30.

I hope they remembered to pack their brooms!!