SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - In front of a sell-out New Year's Eve crowd, University of Notre Dame hockey head coach Jeff Jackson found a fitting way to send out 2018 at the Compton Family Ice Arena (5,330).
As the sixth-ranked Irish defeated Boston College 4-0 on Monday evening, Jackson earned his 308th career win at Notre Dame to surpass the legendary Lefty Smith (307-320-31) for most coaching wins in Irish hockey history, moving to 308-182-55 in his 14th season at the helm of the Irish.
"To me, it's a very overrated statistic because there are so many people involved in every one of those wins, amongst the players specifically, but also our coaching staff, which is one of the best in the country," Jackson said, "Everyone's involved in every win we have here."
The Irish (12-5-1) used two power-play goals — one by Matt Hellickson, the other by Colin Theisen — in addition to a point shot from Matt Steeves and an empty-netter by Dylan Malmquist to blow by the Eagles (6-7-2) and close out their non-conference schedule.
Irish goaltender Cale Morris earned first-star honors in a 20-save shutout, his sixth of the season. He came up particularly big in the second period, saving 12 shots from the Eagles, including a behind-the-back reach for a skittering puck that preserved the shutout at the 9:33 mark of the stanza.
Morris' Eagle counterpart, Joseph Woll, recorded 25 saves and three goals against.
The Irish converted on two of their five power-play chances, while Boston College went 0-for-4 on special teams.