Irish Icers close out 1st half of season with 4-1 road win

After a week of final exams and just a couple of practices it took the Notre Dame hockey team a little time to shake the rust off but when they did on Saturday night, the Irish rolled to a 4-1 win over Bowling Green at the BGSU Ice Arena.

Notre Dame fell behind 1-0 in the game, but ran off four unanswered goals on the way to the road win. T.J. Tynan, Bryan Rust, Mike Voran and Shayne Taker scored for the Irish to wipe out an early second-period power-play goal by the Falcons’ Ryan Carpenter. Notre Dame scored a pair of power-play goals in the game, the fourth time in the last five games that the Irish have scored a pair of man-advantage games.

The win was the sixth straight for the third-ranked Irish and the eighth consecutive CCHA win as they improved to 14-4-0 at the halfway point of the season and 10-1-0-0 in the conference, good for 30 points and sole possession of first place heading into the holidays. Bowling Green is now 3-10-4 overall and 2-7-3-1 in the CCHA.

“I was okay with the way we played tonight,” said Irish head coach Jeff Jackson.

“I thought it would be a little challenging tonight. We only had two practices this week (due to final exams). We had to shake off a little rust early on. BG plays hard and puts a lot of pressure on you. You have to play smart. When you make a mistake, they capitalize on the opportunity.”

Notre Dame now breaks for Christmas break and will have 24 days off before returning to action on Tues., Jan. 8 when they travel to the University of Minnesota for a non-conference game against the Golden Gophers. Face off at Mariucci Arena is set for 7:07 p.m. (CT).

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