Irish vs. Ohio State, Take Two

The Irish continue their CCHA-opening series against Ohio State with their second game of the weekend in the Joyce Center. Notre Dame prevailed last night 3-1 behind the stellar goaltending of freshman Mike Johnson. Junior Calle Ridderwall, senior Dan Kissel, and sophomore Billy Maday provided the scoring. I’ll try to give updates from the press box at least after each period, if not a bit more frequently.

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Showdown in Beantown — Notre Dame vs. Boston University LIVE

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.

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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.

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Hockey: Notre Dame vs. Alabama-Huntsville LIVE

That’s right, it’s already hockey season in South Bend. Follow along here as the Irish take on Alabama-Huntsville in both teams’ season opener.

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Hockey Schedule Released

Notre Dame’s 2009-2010 schedule was announced today. Full schedule posted after the jump.

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More reaction from Grand Rapids

For a full rundown of the nightmare that was the Midwest Regional, check out today’s issue of The Observer. For now, a few more quotes from seniors Jordan Pearce and Christian Hanson.

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Bemidji advances to D.C. — good for them

I was taught at a young age, from the time I started playing travel baseball at age nine, that if you get knocked out of a tournament, you should root for the team that sent you home to keep on winning.

And as much as many Irish fans probably hate Bemidji State for prematurely ending Notre Dame’s season Saturday night, I have to say I’m hoping the Beavers make a run at this thing.

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Thoughts on a ‘shocking’ finish

Two teams scored game-tying goals with less than a second to play in regulation to force overtime this weekend, but in some ways, Notre Dame’s 5-1 loss to Bemidji State nine hours ago — a game that seemed almost out of reach for the Irish after the Beavers scored a fluky goal two minutes in — was the most shocking of all.

How does a team with Notre Dame’s proven coach, seasoned goaltender, elite special teams, playoff pedigree and deep roster fall so epicly to a team that barely finished above .500 (18-15-1)?

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In the Van: Updates from the Midwest Regional

If we said we were in the press box at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., we’d be lying — there is none. But that won’t stop us from updating live as Notre Dame takes on Bemidji State in opening round action at the Midwest Regional. Check back as Matt Gamber (MG) and Sam Werner (SW) follow all the action as the Irish (31-5-3) and the Beavers (18-15-1) vie for a berth in tomorrow night’s regional title game against Cornell.

FINAL UPDATE: Notre Dame falls 5-1 in a game Bemidji State dominated, as the Irish join CCHA rival Michigan as No. 1 seeds to suffer early exits.

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Irish to play Bemidji State in Grand Rapids

The NCAA bracket was announced this morning, and Notre Dame – who earned the No. 2 overall seed – will be taking on CHA Champion Bemidji State in the first round Saturday in Grand Rapids, Mich. Should the Irish win, they would face either Cornell or Northeastern in the second round Sunday.

Elsewhere in the tournament, No. 1 overall seed Boston University will play Ohio State and North Dakota will face New Hampshire in the Manchester bracket. In the Minneapolis region, Denver will play Miami, who fell to a 4-seed, and Princeton will play red-hot Minnesota-Duluth. Finally, the team Notre Dame defeated in the CCHA Championship, Michigan, will be the top seed in the Bridgeport bracket, taking on Air Force. The Wolverines would face the winner of Yale vs. Vermont in the second round.