Saturday night hockey: Notre Dame vs. Alabama-Hunstville LIVE

The Irish hope to bounce back against the same Alabama-Hunstville team that beat them with 5.4 seconds to go last night. Follow the action here live.

Final – This one ends 3-1 Irish. Tonight, Notre Dame played the third period they should have played last night, shutting down the Chargers defensively and adding an insurance goal for good measure. Splitting this series isn’t ideal, but Notre Dame bounced back tonight the way you’d hope them too. The shots on goal was just absurd, with Notre Dame outshooting the Chargers 51-14 on the night. Check out Monday’s Observer for a full recap of both games.

1:20 3rd period – Let’s have one more penalty, just for good measure. Notre Dame failed to score on the 5-on-3 advantage and now Christiaan Minella has been sent off for tripping, and received a ten-minute misconduct.

5:10 3rd period – And now Notre Dame can really put the game out of reach. UAH’s Brennan Barker is sent to the box for delay of game.

6:11 3rd period – Debruyn gets sent off for cross checking, giving Notre Dame another powerplay and making Alabama-Huntsville’s comeback attempt that much more challenging.

7:32 3rd period – Freshman Kyle Palmieri puts the Irish up 3-1 with his second goal of the weekend. After a crowd gathered in front of the net, Palmieri was able to corral a pass from Kevin Deeth and stuff it five hole to give the Irish an insurance goal.

11:59 3rd period – An elbowing call on UAH’s Keenan Desmet draws a sarcastic cheer from the crowd, who seem to be displeased with the officiating so far. We’ll have 42 seconds of 4-on-4 then an Irish powerplay.

13:17 3rd period – Now Kevin Deeth is sent to the sin bin for holding, giving the Chargers a powerplay. It appeared that Deeth brought a UAH player down and sent him careening into Tom O’Brien’s net.

17:22 3rd period – Notre Dame kills off the remaining penalty time easily, and will get a powerplay of their own now. UAH’s Curtis Debruyn is sent off for hooking for the first penalty (of probably many) in the third period.

20:00 3rd period – The teams are back on the ice for the final period. Once again, it’s Thang, Deeth, Lorenz and Cole for Notre Dame.

End 2nd period – Notre Dame holds a 2-1 lead heading into the third. Just like last night, the Irish have a slim lead heading into the final stanza. The penalties are really breaking up the flow of the game, and it will be interesting to see how the teams respond in the third and if the physicality and after-the-whistle shoving continues. As I said before, the Irish also need to stop turning the puck over in the defensive zone. Through two periods, the Irish are outshooting the Chargers 33-12. Talbot is playing well though, and I think Notre Dame is going to need at least one more goal to win this game.

0:27.8 2nd period – Kyle Lawson gives Notre Dame a 2-1 lead. After a blistering shot by Ian Cole from the slot that ricocheted off the boards behind the net, the rebound came straight to Lawson, who pushed it past Talbot, who seemed unsure where the puck was. The goal was shorthanded.

2:27 2nd period – Not enough penalties for you? OK, how about another. UAH’s Brennan Barker gets called for tripping, giving Notre Dame 1:32 of  4-on-3 advantage.

2:56 2nd period – Yet another penalty, this time against the Chargers. Kevin Morrison gets whistled for cross checking so we’ll have two minutes of 4-on-4.

4:24 2nd period – Kissel gets a breakaway chance shorthanded, but his wrist shot rings off the crossbar. The Irish kill off Minella’s penalty, but just seconds later, Brett Blatchford gets a five minute major and a game misconduct for checking from behind during a scrum in the corner. I know the referees are trying to keep the game under control, but the punishment didn’t seem to fit the crime there.

6:46 2nd period – In what’s quickly becoming a very heated game, Christiaan Minella gets sent to the box for two minutes after hitting a Alabama-Huntsville player after the whistle.

7:31 2nd period – After yet another Notre Dame defensive zone turnover, UAH gets a great scoring chance foiled only by a great save by O’Brien.

8:43 2nd period – Notre Dame appeared to score on a Riley Sheahan rebound off an initial Ian Cole shot, but the goal is waved off after officials rule that Sheahan kicked the puck in. We don’t have replay up here, so it’s tough to tell if Sheahan did make a distinct kicking motion, but the Irish players don’t seem happy with the call.

9:50 2nd period – Once again things getting chippy after the whistle. A scrum of players converged around O’Brien’s net, with more than a few unkind words exchanged. At the end of it all, Palmieri and UAH’s Vince Bruni each get two minutes in the box for roughing. The referees have a few words with the teams’ captains, surely to try and make sure things don’t get out of hand.

11:46 2nd period – Another defensive zone turnover by Notre Dame. It doesn’t lead to anything this time, but the Irish can’t keep giving the puck away in their own zone and expect to win.

15:28 2nd period – And we have our first penalty call of the second period, with Charger Tom Durnie getting whistled for tripping Ryan Guentzel on an Irish scoring chance. Alabama-Huntsville gets an early shorthanded chance on a Keenan Desmet breakaway, but O’Brien keeps him out.

17:59 2nd period – Some sloppy defensive play by Notre Dame, and it leads to an Alabama-Huntsville goal to tie the game 1-1. Notre Dame’s Nick Condon turned the puck over at the Irish blueline and UAH’s Neil Ruffini took advantage, taking the puck, skating in, and lifting a backhander over O’Brien’s shoulder.

19:33 2nd period – Period two underway with Thang, Deeth, Lorenz, and Cole to kill the final 58 seconds of the Charger powerplay. Cole and Thang get a 2-on-1 chance 30 seconds in, but Talbot stops a Cole wrist shot.

End 1st period – The teams head to the locker rooms with the Irish holding a 1-0 lead. Notre Dame outshot UAH 16-3 in the stanza, which was dominated by an almost absurd amount of penalties. There’s still 58 seconds remaining on Blatchford’s time in the box. Overall, the play seems similar to last night. The Irish are dominating the play, but Alabama-Huntsville is getting some chances and Notre Dame can’t put enough pucks past Cameron Talbot to put the game out of reach.

1:02 1st period – After a fairly long spell of 5-on-5 play, Brett Blatchford gets called for elbowing.  Kyle Palmieri gets a breakaway chance 21 seconds into the penalty, but is stuffed on the backhand by Talbot.

3:39 1st period – Good chance for Palmieri coming down the right side, skating across the crease and trying to stuff a backhander past Talbot, but is was not to be. Minella was also stuffed on the rebound. With that, the Irish powerplay ends.

5:24 1st period – Second night in a row for a very dangerous play by Alabama-Huntsville’s Keenan Desmet, who received a game misconduct last night for a hit from behind. Here, Desmet gets just a two-minute minor for boarding behind Notre Dame’s net. So 30 seconds of 4-on-4 then a truncated Irish powerplay.

6:52 1st period – The trio of penalties expire without consequence, but just a few seconds later, Calle Ridderwall is called for tripping in the high slot on an Alabama-Huntsville possession.

9:10 1st period – One more penalty. This one on UAH’s Baxter, who get called for a pretty obvious tripping penalty as the Irish attempted to make a short-handed rush up the left wing.

9:37 1st period – And another one. Now Ben Ryan gets called for boarding on a play in the corner. Another debatable call, as the hit looked clean from the press box. At any rate, the Irish now have to kill over a minute of 5-on-3.

10:24 1st period – Now it’s Notre Dame’s turn to go down a man as Christiaan Minella is whistled for tripping.

11:49 1st period – The Chargers kill the penalty without too much difficulty.

14:17 1st period – The potent Irish powerplay will get another chance as the zebras whistle Alabama-Huntsville’s Matt Baxter for hooking. So far this season, all three Irish goals have come with the man advantage.

18:40 1st period – Just 14 seconds later, Charger Matti Jarvinen gets whistled for holding the stick. The Irish have a 4-on-3 powerplay and capitalize 51 seconds in on a Brett Blatchford goal. Blatchford took the puck at the top of the left circle, skated into the high slot area and fired a wrister past UAH goalie Cameron Talbot.

18:54 1st period – ND has the first offensive chance with a couple of early shots. Things get a little physical in the corner after the play. Kyle Palmieri and Alabama-Huntsville’s Cale Tanaka were getting into it after the whistle, and then Kevin Deeth came in and got involved. Tanaka and Deeth both got roughing penalties.

0:00 to faceoff – It’s Kissel/B. Ryan/Minella to start of the game, with Cole/Lorenz on the blueline. Also, senior Tommy O’Brien is starting between the pipes for Notre Dame.

3:56 to faceoff – It’s parents night at the Joyce Center, and each team member is being introduced with their parents.
A few quick notes on tonight’s lineup:

  • The first line of Kissel/B. Ryan/Minella stays intact, but Irish coach Jeff Jackson shuffled up the other three lines so they are, from left to right, Thang/Deeth/Palmieri, Ridderwall/Sheahan/Maday and Guentzel/Gaul/Kevin Nugent (making his Irish debut).
  • On defense, the pairings are Cole/Lorenz, Blatchford/Sam Calabrese (another Notre Dame debut) and Condon/Lawson.

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