The Mack Report

Postgame: Merrimack 2, Notre Dame 2

Hampus ND Faceoff

Merrimack College erased a two-goal deficit, tying Notre Dame 2-2 on Saturday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.

The Highlights

The Pressers

The Podcasts

John Leahy’s pregame interview with head coach Mark Dennehy
http://www.warriorhockey.org/podcast/20131116-dennehypre.mp3

Pregame with Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson
http://www.warriorhockey.org/podcast/20131116-jackson.mp3

Intermission (prerecorded) with Notre Dame play by play announcer Darin Pritchett
http://www.warriorhockey.org/podcast/20131116-pritchett.mp3

Intermission (prerecorded) with SR G Sam Marotta
http://www.warriorhockey.org/podcast/20131116-marotta.mp3

Postgame with Co-Warrior of the Game JR F Clayton Jardine
http://www.warriorhockey.org/podcast/20131116-jardine.mp3

Postgame with Co-Warrior of the Game SO F Vinny Scotti
http://www.warriorhockey.org/podcast/20131116-scotti.mp3

Postgame with head coach Mark Dennehy
http://www.warriorhockey.org/podcast/20131116-dennehy.mp3

The Notebook

  • After being outshot by a 25-12 margin in the first and second periods combined, Merrimack finished the game trailing by just five (32-27) in shots on net.
  • Notre Dame finished 1-for-6 on the power play, while Merrimack came up empty on its only two man advantages of the evening.
  • Junior Quinn Gould led all skaters with five shots on the night, while eight different Merrimack players finished with a positive plus/minus; only one Notre Dame skater finished with a positive plus/minus, in comparison.
  • Junior Justin Mansfield helped set up Jardine’s goal after picking up a loose puck on an entry feed from Jardine and shoveling it back along the half wall, leading to the deflected slap shot and the Warriors’ first goal.
  • Notre Dame held the edge in blocked shots (13-10) and went 44-36 on the draws.
  • Jardine’s goal, his second collegiate marker, was his first in nearly two years. The last time the Lacombe, Alberta, native found the back of the net was during his rookie season at home against Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 23, 2011.
  • The overtime contest was Merrimack’s first since a March 8, 2013 overtime win against Massachusetts at home (4-3).
  • Previously this season, the Warriors had been 1-4-0 when trailing after two periods; the lone win came when trailing after two periods, 2-1, against Army on Oct. 26, a game Merrimack eventually won by a 4-2 margin.
  • Notre Dame was without the services of forwards Vince Hinostroza, Thomas DiPauli, Mike Voran and Steven Fogarty and defenseman Eric Johnson, who are all out of the lineup with injuries.
  • T.J. Tynan’s short-handed goal was the sixth of his Notre Dame career and moves him into a tie for fourth on the school’s all-time list. The record for short-handed goals is seven and held by three players – David Bankoske `93, Mike McNeill ` 88 and Kevin Humphrey `81.
  • The tie game was the first regular-season tie for the Irish at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The last time a Notre Dame game finished in a tie at home came on Jan. 29, 2011 at the Joyce Center when the Irish tied Miami, 2-2.