SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Notre Dame is just one win away from a Big Ten Tournament Championship and a bid in the NCAA Tournament.
Irish head hockey coach Jeff Jackson is also one win away from a huge milestone - his 500th career win..
Notre Dame has been stellar under Jackson during his 14 year tenure in South Bend. The Irish are 42-29 all-time in the playoffs and 5-0 in Big Ten Tournament games under Jackson's tutelage.
So what goes through the legendary coach's mind during the postseason?
"For me it's important to be calm and make sure our team is under control," Jackson said. "When I get into games this time of year I get into a vegetative state to where I'm relaying information to them that needs to be relayed and not getting them rattled. I want to make sure they're under control. I won't have to worry too much about motivating them to play on Saturday night. If anything, I will probably have to make sure their motivation is channeled in the right direction."
Notre Dame takes the ice Saturday night against Penn State for the Big 10 Tournament Title.
With a win, Jackson will not only get his team back in the NCAA Tournament, but he'll be the 13th head coach to ever hit the 500 win milestone.
Puck drop is scheduled for 8 PM.