SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The No. 9 Boston University men's ice hockey team opened the scoring late in the first period, but No. 5/6 Notre Dame reeled off five unanswered goals and came away with a 5-2 win at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Saturday evening. The Terriers move to 10-6-1 on the year.
BU, which was making its first-ever visit to South Bend, got goals from juniors Justin Courtnall and Wade Megan. Senior goaltender Kieran Millan stopped 29 Notre Dame shots on the night.
Courtnall scored off a rebound with 1:33 left in the opening period to give the visitors a 1-0 lead entering the first intermission. Sophomore Cason Hohmann quickly won the draw and put the puck on net before Courtnall was there to cash in for his second goal of the year.
Notre Dame (12-6-3) quickly erased the deficit and took the lead in the second, scoring three goals in the first 7:09 of the middle stanza.
The Irish, who went 2-of-9 on the power play and kept the Terriers scoreless on six chances with the man advantage, knotted the score on a power-play tally by Anders Lee at 1:12 of the second.
Just over two minutes later, Garrett Peterson gave Notre Dame a lead they would not relinquish and Jeff Costello made it a 3-1 advantage at the 7:09 mark.
Lee scored his second goal of the night 3:30 into the third and Billy Maday capped the five-goal run at 6:23 with a power-play tally.
Faced with a 5-1 deficit, the Terriers scored their nation-leading eight shorthanded goal of the season with 5:18 left in regulation. Megan broke up a play at the top the BU zone and then skated in all alone before beating Steven Summerhays five-hole for his eighth goal of the season.
That would be as close as the Terriers would get, however, as the Irish put the finishing touches on the 5-2 victory.
BU held a 23-15 shot advantage through two periods, but the Irish outshot the Terriers, 34-32, for the game, as Summerhays posted 30 saves.
The Terriers will return to action on Friday (Jan. 6) when they host Merrimack for a 7 p.m. contest.