he Notre Dame Fighting Irish fired 18 third-period shots on Western Michigan goaltender Frank Slubowski in a frantic, third-period rally that fell short by one goal as Notre Dame fell to the Broncos, 3-2, in front of a sellout crowd of 5,022 at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Friday night.
Slubowski finished the game with 35 saves and got a pair of goals from senior right wing Dane Walters and one, the game winner, from junior center Chase Balisy. Anders Lee and Robbie Russo scored for the Irish in the comeback attempt that was too little to late as they trailed 2-0 after two periods and 3-1 in the third.
The loss snaps a three-game Notre Dame winning streak and drops the #8/#7 Irish to 5-2-0 overall and 2-1-0-0 in the CCHA. Western Michigan, ranked 11th in both polls, improves to 4-1-0 for the season and 1-0-0-0 in conference action.
"The second period was definitely the difference in the game," said Irish head coach Jeff Jackson.
"We played a decent first period and played with urgency in the third. That power-play goal in the third hurt. We had momentum going and took a penalty and the whole game changes."
The two teams will take a day off as Notre Dame hosts the University of Pittsburgh in football on Saturday. They will return to action on Sunday afternoon in a 5:05 p.m. game.