Oct. 18, 2008
South Bend, IN - Junior Ryan Thang scored two goals and senior Erik Condra added a goal and two assists as #8 Notre Dame completed a weekend sweep of Sacred Heart with a 7-0 win Saturday night at the Joyce Center.
The Fighting Irish got off to a fast start as Thang opened the scoring just 3:37 into the game when he finished off a two-on-one shorthanded break started by Dan Kissel with a one-timer off a centering pass. Ian Cole gave Notre Dame a 2-0 lead after the first period when he blasted a shot from the blue-line that deflected off a Pioneer defensemen and past goaltender Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, QC).
Notre Dame poured it on the second period, scoring four goals in the second period. Billy Maday got things started 17 seconds into the stanza. The Irish rookie fired a shot that ricocheted off the end boards and bounced hard back in front of the goal. Maday had charged his shot and the rebounded ended up on the tape of his stick and he flipped the puck high into the goal to make it 3-0. Three minutes later, Thang scored his second goal to give Irish is four tally advantage.
The Irish scored two more goals late in the second period to blow the game wide open. Christian Minella scored on a rebound from a shot by Brett Blatchford at the 13:32 mark to make it 5-0. With 2:33 left, Kevin Deeth fed Erik Condra a perfect centering pass from behind the net and the Irish captain one-timed a shot past St. Onge.
At the conclusion of the game, the teams held a shootout to test out the new CCHA rule in place for this season. Junior Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) scored for the Pioneers in the shootout on a backhanded deke move, but the Irish won the shootout, 2-1.
Notre Dame controlled the play offensively for much of the game, out-shooting the Pioneers 28-17. Special teams was played a key factor as the Irish scored three times in nine power play chances while Sacred Heart failed to score in eight chances with the man advantage.
The Pioneers will host RIT in an Atlantic Hockey series next weekend at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The teams open the series Friday night at 7:05 pm.