Freshman Mario Lucia scored twice and juniors Bryan Rust and Shayne Taker turned in three-point nights to lead Notre Dame to a 6-1 win over Lake Superior State on Saturday night to give the Irish their first home sweep of the season.
Notre Dame scored four times in the first period, the biggest one-period offensive output of the season, and added a pair in the second stanza on the way to a six-goal night. Joining Lucia and Rust in the goal-scoring department were T.J. Tynan (1g, 1a), Stephen Johns and Anders Lee. Kelin Ainsworth scored the lone goal of the night for the Lakers.
Senior goaltender Mike Johnson made just his second start of the season and got the victory even though he played just 34:23 (13 saves) before being injured in a goal mouth collision. Steven Summerhays finished the game, making 13 saves over the final 25:37.
The four-goal first period chased Lake Superior starter Kevin Kapalka who had eight saves in the game. Kevin Murdock gave up two goals while making 18 saves over the final two periods.
The win, the third straight for the sixth-ranked Irish and the fifth straight in CCHA play, improved Notre Dame to 11-4-0 overall and 7-1-0-0 in conference action. The Lakers fall to 7-9-0 on the year and 4-6-0-0 in the CCHA.