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October 19, 2013

Tynan delivers victory

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Facing its first touch of adversity this season didn’t keep the Notre Dame hockey team from grabbing victory.

After posting consecutive shutouts in a sweep of Western Michigan last weekend the Irish surrendered a two-goal lead over Michigan Tech on Friday at the Compton Family Ice only to score in the third period and capture a 3-2 win.

T.J. Tynan scored the game winner with 7:01 remaining.

“It was kind of a broken play and Mario (Lucia) made a great pass to me,” Tynan said. “I had more time than I thought so I hesitated for a second and just tried to get a shot off. I didn’t really see it go in but I heard the crowd and I figured it went in. I was glad to get that goal at the end.”

Lucia picked up the lone assist on Tynan’s goal, his first of the year.

Steven Fogarty put Notre Dame (3-0-0) out to a lead at 5:48 of the first period with his first goal of the season seconds after a power play expired. Vince Hinostroza and Austin Wuthrich picked up assists as Fogarty beat the goaltender far post.

Hinostroza now has three points in as many college games.

Not quite 12 minutes later defenseman Robbie Russo scored a power-play goal to make it a 2-0 lead late in the first period. Bryan Rust and Tynan collected assists. Notre Dame finished 1-10 on the power play with the Fogarty goal coming as one ended.

“I thought the power play at times did a good job,” head coach Jeff Jackson said. “Realistically, you could say we had two because that first goal, within seconds of a power play. And I thought we had some good puck movement. Again, just combinations of players. I thought we did some things pretty well.”

Michigan Tech (0-2-1) began its rally just over two minutes into the second period.

Notre Dame took to the power play again 1:20 into the period but mishandled the puck at the blue line and allowed a breakaway to C.J. Eick, who beat goalie Steven Summerhays over the shoulder for a short-handed score.

Ryan Furne put one past Summerhays on a Michigan Tech power play at 10:25 of the second period to tie the game.

“Sometimes a two-goal lead is the worst lead in hockey,” Jackson said. “You get a little comfortable, the other team’s a little hungrier.”

Notre Dame would go on to control possession throughout the third period while adding the goal from Tynan to seal a win. Summerhays finished with 22 saves total despite losing a shutout streak that spanned 147 minutes and 27 seconds.

“You could tell that they were kinda on their heels in the third for sure,” Tynan said. “The bench was more lively, more energetic. When we start playing better I think everyone just gets a lot more energy and starts playing better even if they’re not. It was good to play well in the third, get that third goal and get the win.”

The series finale is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. Sunday.


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