#17 Irish Drop 3-2 Decision to Penn State

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The No. 17 Fighting Irish and No. 18 Nittany Lions split their weekend series as Penn State defeated Notre Dame, 3-2, on Saturday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena (4,950).

Notre Dame (18-13-3, 11-11-2-2 B1G) outshot the Nittany Lions (19-13-2, 11-12-1-1 B1G) 40-37 on the night, including a 16-7 mark in the third period, but Penn State's Peyton Jones made 38 saves.

"We've had some great games," head coach Jeff Jackson said. "It's just a matter of finding a way to do it on a consistent basis."

Nikita Pavlychev opened the scoring for Penn State 5:14 into play.

Andrew Peeke put the Irish on the board with less than five minutes remaining in the opening frame when he fired a one-timer to tie the game at 1-1. Bobby Nardella posted the primary assist on his senior night to become the 54th Irish skater in program history to tally 100 career points (23-77-100).

The Irish outshot the Nittany Lions 17-11 in the first, as the sides entered the first intermission in the 1-1 tie.

After Penn State moved back ahead early in the second period, Cam Burke knotted the game at 2-2 as he picked up a rebound in the crease and buried the puck for his fourth of the season.

Cale Morris saved 18 shots in the middle frame to buoy the Irish defense and keep the score even after 40 minutes.

Evan Barratt scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on the power play 5:55 into the final period.

The Irish had multiple scoring chances in the closing minutes after Morris was pulled for an extra attacker, but were unable to net the equalizer.

Cale Morris recorded 34 saves on Saturday night for the Irish, while Jones finished with 38 saves for Penn State.

The Irish were 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Nittany Lions finished 2-for-4.

The Fighting Irish Class of 2019, which includes Jack Jenkins, Dylan Malmquist, Bobby Nardella and Joe Wegwerth, were honored before their final regular-season home contest in an Irish uniform.

Notre Dame Goal Descriptions

1-1 | Andrew Peeke tied the game at one with a 5-on-3 goal at 15:26 of the first period. His one-timer from Bobby Nardella beat Penn State goaltender Peyton Jones low to the stick side. Dylan Malmquist also tallied an assist on the goal. With the assist, Nardella recorded his 100th career point (23-77-100).

2-2 | Cam Burke slotted home a rebound in front to knot the game, 2-2, at the 13:58 mark of the second period. Pierce Crawford fired a shot on goal that bounced off the pads of Jones and onto Burke's stick. Matt Steeves also recorded an assist on the goal for his second point of the weekend (1-1-2). Crawford, who had an assist in Friday night's game, also recorded two points in the home series (0-2-2).

Up Next

As the No. 2 seed, Notre Dame will play host to a home, best-of-three Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series next weekend at the Compton Family Ice Arena (March, 8-10). All three games are scheduled for 7 p.m. with television/streaming coverage to be announced. Tickets: UND.com/BuyTickets.