The Irish face their first road game of the season, and it will certainly be a test. I’ll be providing live updates from the press box of Agganis Arena as Notre Dame takes on the defending national champion Terriers.
0:53.3 3rd period – Notre Dame still getting outshot 31-16, but have a 3-0 advantage on the scoreboard. I’m done for the night, heading down for postgame interviews, but check out http://www.ndsmcobserver.com for a full game recap.
2:27 3rd period – BU has pulled their goalie, giving them a 6-on-4 advantage.
3:24 3rd period – Kyle Palmieri takes a penalty for slashing. If BU wants to win this game, they should probably score on this powerplay. David Warsofsky also takes a ten-minute misconduct for BU, but the Terriers will still have five men on the ice. BU takes their timeout.
6:50 3rd period – A fairly strong “Let’s go, Irish” chant is drowned out by a much, much larger “Let’s go, Terriers.”
8:02 3rd period – Really, really entertaining run of play over the last couple of minutes. The Terriers have done everything except find the back of the net, and the crowd has really gotten energized.
11:08 3rd period – BU comes real close to scoring a couple of times on flurries in front of the net, but Phillips makes some saves, and gets some help from the post.
12:32 3rd period – Too many men on the ice for Notre Dame, Minella serving the penalty.
13:16 3rd period – Another long run of play is concluded with a nice stretching glove save from Phillips on a long shot from the point.
17:07 3rd period – Another great chance for the Terriers, a complete breakaway by Connolly that Phillips stopped by stretching across the goal. Calle Ridderwall follows it up with another Irish goal to put Notre Dame up 3-0. On a feed from Maday, Ridderwall fired a shot from the slot that looked like it hit off Millan’s glove into the net.
18:52 3rd period – The Terriers have probably their best chance of the game, as Colby Cohen finds Saponari all alone in the slot. Saponari, though, fires a backhander wide of the net. And the Irish will now go on the powerplay as Gryba is called for high sticking.
20:00 3rd period – Teams back on the ice, let’s start the third period.
End 2nd period – And the Irish head to the locker room up 2-0. I have no idea what came over Notre Dame in the last five minutes of that period, but they were infused with confidence, getting several good scoring chances on Millan, cutting BU’s shots-on-goal advantage to 17-13. Before any Irish fans get over-confident, though, this is the same BU team that came back from a 3-1 deficit in the last 1:30 of last year’s championship game against Miami (OH).
1:11 2nd period – And Phillips makes his presence felt with a nifty glove save on a sharp wrister from the point.
2:29 2nd period – Wow. The Irish have taken control of this game in a big way. After the two goals, Thang almost adds a third, but his breakaway backhand attempt rings off the post. On another flurry in front of the net, Millan has to look behind him to check for the puck, but it slides wide.
4:33 2nd period – Finally, we have our first goal of the game. Billy Maday puts the Irish up 1-0 on a feed from Sean Lorenz. Lorenz found Maday all alone in the slot, and the sophomore fired a wrister past Millan. And literally as I’m typing this, Notre Dame scores again to make it 2-0. This time it’s Ben Ryan to light the lamp.
5:18 2nd period – The Irish are ultimately able to set up on the powerplay, but can’t get anything past Millan, who’s played well for his part tonight.
7:59 2nd period – After a long run without a whistle, Notre Dame will go on the powerplay again after Alex Chiasson is whistled for cross-checking.
11:45 2nd period – A good chance for Notre Dame on a scrum in front of the net, but the shot goes wide and the game remains scoreless.
13:08 2nd period – Another Irish powerplay ends with few scoring chances. The Terriers are dominating shots on goal by a count of 14 to 5.
15:29 2nd period – After BU kills the penalty, a flurry of big hits and physical play leads to a penalty on Bonino for hitting from behind and an0ther ND powerplay.
18:08 2nd period – Notre Dame goes on the powerplay after killing off both penalties to start the period.
20:00 2nd period – Second period ready to start with Ridderwall and Lawson in the box for Notre Dame.
8:00 left 1st intermission – Funny little note: The Boston Police bagpipe band just performed, and they finished their performance with Rakes of Mallow, known more familiarly around the Notre Dame campus as the Irish jig, performed by the Irish band at football, basketball and hockey games.
End First Period – The period ends without BU capitalizing on their powerplay, although they did have chances. The second period will begin with five more seconds of 4-on-3, followed by a 5-on-3 and then 5-on-4 for BU. Overall, the Terriers definitely controlled play in the first period, although powerplays most likely had something to do with that. Phillips has been tested and looked good. The only problem, as always, is that he gives up big rebounds just begging to be put back in the net. It hasn’t hurt him yet, but those things usually come back to bite goaltenders.
0:29 – And one more penalty for good measure. This time Notre Dame’s Kyle Lawson is called for holding. So BU will have a 4-on-3 advantage to end the stanza.
1:25 1st period – Looks like we’ll go 4-on-4 to end the first, as Calle Ridderwall is whistled for tripping right after a faceoff in ND’s offensive zone.
1:56 1st period – The Irish will go on the powerplay to (possibly) finish of the first period as Saponari is whistled for holding.
2:41 1st period – The teams trade scoring chances, with an Ian Cole blast from the top of the circle for the Irish and a Chris Connolly one timer from Saponari for BU, but neither team can score.
4:20 1st period – A lot of neutral zone play dominates the first real extended spell of 5-on-5 hockey. Neither team has gotten many scoring chances since the last penalty ended.
6:57 1st period – BU kills the penalty with only one shot on net for Notre Dame.
8:58 1st period – Palmieri gets a breakaway chance, but the puck hit the post according to the official. From the press box, it looks like it may have gone in, but they won’t take a look at it. Also, Eric Gryba is sent to the box for BU, giving the Irish their first powerplay chance.
9:24 1st period – The Irish once again kill the penalty, and even had a scoring chance for good measure. But Billy Maday couldn’t connect with Ian Cole on a two-on-one.
11:33 1st period – The Terriers have their best scoring chance of the game by far, with Saponari hitting the post after a great feed from Bonino. The play came on a delayed call to Ryan Thang, who is sent to the box for hooking.
12:11 1st period – The Terriers have controlled play for most of the first period, but Ian Cole’s two penalties haven’t helped the Irish, who have yet to register a shot on Millan.
13:12 1st period – Another good penalty kill by ND. The Irish didn’t let BU get set up at all on their powerplay.
14:02 1st period – Great breakup by Lorenz on the penalty kill. After Kyle Lawson fell down, Lorenz deftly broke up a BU pass that would have led to an easy scoring chance.
15:42 1st period – Ian Cole didn’t get to enjoy being on the ice very long, as the junior is once again sent to the box for hooking. The Irish penalty kill will be tested once again.
15:54 1st period – Notre Dame kills BU’s powerplay without any threat at all from the Terriers. Seconds after it ends, though, BU gets a chance but Phillips saves a shot from the BU player streaking through the slot.
17:58 1st period – We have our first penalty of the evening, as Ian Cole is whistled for cross-checking to give BU their first powerplay.
0:00 to faceoff – After a lovely rendition of the national anthem, it’s finally hockey time. Deeth and Bonino are at center ice for the faceoff.
5:30 to faceoff – Ridderwall/Deeth/Maday will start for the Irish, with Blatchford/Lawson on defense. As I said before, Phillips is in net. For the Terriers, it will be Chris Connolly/Nick Bonino/Vinny Saponari up front with Colby Cohen/Kevin Shattenkirk on defense. Sophomore Kieran Millan is in net for BU.
6:30 to faceoff – The teams take the ice. Outside of the two BU student sections at either end of the ice, it’s a little surprising to see the arena barely half full. I’m sure that will change before the opening faceoff, but interesting nonetheless.
19:23 to faceoff – Just walking around the arena, I was a bit surprised how many Irish fans made the trip to Boston. For a team relatively new to the national stage, it’s nice to see a good road presence from the fans.
29:36 to faceoff – The teams have taken the ice for warmups and the stands are starting to fill up. Agganis is a really nice arena, just opened in 2005. It’s always nice to see a college hockey game at an arena that, well, isn’t the Joyce Center.
52:50 to faceoff – Early start tonight folks, as I think I was the first person in human history to drive from southern Connecticut to Boston without hitting any traffic. A couple of lineup notes as the Irish prepare for warmups:
- Notre Dame’s starting four lines are as follows: Kissel/Ryan/Minella, Thang/Sheahan/Palmieri, Ridderwall/Deeth/Maday and Larson/Gaul/Guentzel. I, for one, really like this set up. First of all, the Ridderwall/Deeth/Maday line was extremely productive last season and it’s nice to see the three back together. I also really like Thang playing with the two super-freshmen Sheahan and Palmieri. Notre Dame SID Tim Connor just told me that there were 22 NHL scouts on hand last weekend to watch the draft-eligible season, with even more expected tonight. Thang’s experience should help make the most of Sheahan and Palmieri’s talents.
- The defensive pairings are: Cole/Ringel, Condon/Lawson and Blatchford/Lorenz. Nothing much of note here, other than the fact that not having Teddy Ruth sucks. Jackson said the junior will be out “a couple more weeks” with a lower body injury.
- Junior Brad Phillips will be starting between the pipes for the Irish. After two disappointing losses against Alabama-Huntsville and Providence in his last two starts, it will be interesting to see if Phillips can get back on track in what could be a really, really tough road game.
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