Men's Ice Hockey Drops Heartbreaker to Notre Dame 3-2
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame scored a pair of goals in the final 1:08 to come from behind and defeat the University of Maine men's ice hockey team 3-2 on Saturday night at Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind. Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) and Ben Hutton (Prescott Ontario) each had goals in the game for the Black Bears, while Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte,Quebec) played another outstanding game.
Maine took a 1-0 lead at 8:24 of the first period when Brown got the puck from Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) behind the net. He skated to the post and flipped the puck into the goal, unbeknownst to Notre Dame goalie Steven Summerhays. As the Black Bears began to celebrate, Summerhays realized that the puck was in the back of the net. Josh Henke (Trenton, Mich.) also assisted on the goal for the Black Bears.
Notre Dame got a power play goal at 13:44 from T.J. Tynan to knot the score at 1-1. Mario Lucia fed Tynan, who redirected the puck past Maine goalie Martin Ouellette in the crease.
Maine regained the 2-1 lead at 11:41 of the second period with a five-on-three goal. Brice O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) and Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) passed the puck back and forth before finding Ben Hutton stationed below the face-off circle. He one-timed the puck past UND goalie Summerhays to give Maine the 2-1 lead. For Hutton, it was his 10th goal of the season. He became just the 17th defenseman in Maine history to score 10 or more goals in a single season.
Notre Dame got the equalizer at 18:52 of the third period with a goal by Bryan Rust. Notre Dame had pulled Summerhays in favor of an extra attacker. Rust put the Irish ahead with a goal just 24 seconds later which proved to be the game-winner.
Notre Dame outshot Maine 42-22 in the game. The Black Bears were 1-for-3 on the power play, while Notre Dame finished the game 1-for-6.
Martin Ouellette tied his career-high with 39 saves in the game. He falls to 12-10-3. Steven Summerhays made 20 saves in goal for the Irish. He improves to 14-11-1.
The Black Bears return to action on Friday, Feb. 14 when they begin a two-game series with Merrimack at Alfond Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Maine ticket office at 207-581-BEAR/1-800-756-TEAM or online at www.goblackbearstickets.com(.)