No. 8 Irish top RPI 5-1 for fifth straight win

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Alex Steeves netted a pair of goals and Cale Morrisstopped 36 shots as the University of Notre Dame hockey team extended its winning streak to five games with a 5-1 victory over RPI Friday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

With the win, the Irish improve to 9-4-1 (4-2-0 B1G), while the Engineers fall to 4-8-0 (3-3-0 ECAC).

The two goal-scorers from Tuesday night's win over Northern Michigan, Steeves and Cal Burke, gave the Irish a 2-0 lead entering the first intermission. Steeves opened the scoring for Notre Dame 5:53 into play before Burke doubled the advantage in the final minute of the frame.

Notre Dame took control of the contest with three goals in the second. Steeves put home his second of the night just 1:29 into the period and Cam Morrison gave the Irish a four-goal lead just 32 seconds later. After a series of big saves by Morris throughout the period, Dylan Malmquist netted the fifth goal for the Irish in the final minute of the frame - with the assist going to Morris.

Kyle Hallbauer got the Engineers on the board 1:40 into the third period to account for the 5-1 final.
Morris earned his seventh victory of the season while stopping 36 of 37 shots. Linden Marshall made 16 saves on 20 shots before Owen Savory finished with 17 saves in relief for RPI.

The Irish finished 0-for-2 on the power play and killed off the only penalty they took in the contest.