|2nd||1:32||NDM||1-0||EV||Jake Evans (3)||-|
|2nd||7:09||NDM||2-0||EV||Mario Lucia (8)||Peter Schneider/2, Vince Hinostroza/6|
|3rd||5:17||VER||1-2||EV||Brady Shaw (1)||Mike Stenerson/2, Colin Markison/3|
|3rd||19:19||VER||2-2||EV EA GT||Colin Markison (1)||Mario Puskarich/5, Brendan Bradley/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Notre Dame (5-2-1)||0/2||4/8||0|
|Brody Hoffman (T, 3-0-1)||64:42||2||10||6||7||3||26|
|Notre Dame Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Cal Petersen (T, 3-1-1)||65:00||2||7||16||15||4||42|
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Vermont senior Colin Markison scored on a rebound with 41 seconds left Saturday for the tying goal as the Catamounts and Fighting Irish battled to a 2-2 overtime tie in front of 3,947 at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Saturday night.
University of Notre Dame freshman goaltender Cal Petersen had a career-high 42 saves in the game, as Vermont fired a season-high 44 shots on the Irish goal.
Goals by freshman Jake Evans and junior Mario Lucia (his eighth in eight games) in the second period staked Notre Dame to a 2-0 lead only to see the Catamounts score twice in the third on the way to the tie. Sophomore left wing Brady Shaw had the first goal of the game for Vermont.
The 2-2 tie gives Notre Dame a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) after starting the season with a pair of losses. The Irish are 5-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in Hockey East. Vermont is now 4-1-1 on the season and 2-1-1 in conference play.
"It (the outcome) is very disappointing since we had a two-goal lead in the third period," said Irish head coach Jeff Jackson.
"That's a very experienced hockey team. They put a lot of pressure on us like they did yesterday and especially as the game progressed. We played much better early than we did last night. It's disappointing but it is a three-point weekend. We can't complain about that."
After a scoreless first period that saw the Irish have a 10-7 shot advantage, Notre Dame turned a Cats' turnover deep in their zone into a 1-0 lead.
Freshman center Connor Hurley carried the puck behind the Vermont goal and threw a pass in front intended for Sam Herr. A Catamount defender lifted Herr's stick and the puck was intercepted by Kyle Reynolds who tried to make a backhand pass out of his zone. The puck went off his stick right to Evans in the left circle and he one-timed a quick shot past goaltender Brody Hoffman's stick hand at 1:32 for his third of the year and a 1-0 Notre Dame lead.
The Irish would make it 2-0 at 7:09 of the middle period, as the trio of Vince Hinostroza, Peter Schneider and Lucia teamed for a highlight reel goal.
Hinostroza tossed a backhand pass from the left boards to Schneider on the left side of the goal. When Brody and a Vermont defender slid over to face Schneider, the senior slid a backhand pass to Lucia on the right post. The junior from Plymouth, Minnesota, fired it into a wide-open net for his eighth of the season and the 2-0 lead.
As the period wore on, Vermont began to control the play, as the Catamounts finished with a 16-8 shot advantage in the second but could not solve Petersen.
"They (Vermont) elevated its game when we got that 2-0 lead and we didn't match it," said Jackson.
Vermont continued to pour it on in the third, taking 17 shots on the freshman goaltender and finally broke through at 5:17, as Shaw scored off a scramble in front that cut the lead to 2-1.
Shaw would get the first shot that Petersen stopped but could not control. The puck bounced around to the right of the Notre Dame goaltender and when he tried to cover it Mike Stenerson poked it loose in front to Shaw who scored into an open net, his first goal of the season.
Petersen continued his strong play in the period and with 59 seconds left, Vermont pulled Hoffman for a sixth attacker.
Mario Puskarich centered a pass to Brendan Bradley at the left face-off dot. Bradley's shot was stopped by Petersen but Markison was there to jam the rebound past the Notre Dame goaltender to tie the game at 2-2. The goal was Markison's first of the season.
In overtime, the teams traded seven shots with Vermont getting the first four and the Irish the last three as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
"I'm disappointed for Cal (Petersen). I thought he played a great game tonight," said Jackson.
"He did a great job on his rebound control. On that last goal, he just needed some help. People tying up sticks, so they can't bang away at it."
Hoffman would finish the night with 26 saves for the Catamounts. Vermont was zero-for-four on the power play, while Notre Dame was zero-for-two. The Irish killed off a five-on-three power play that lasted 1:40 late in the second period and carried over to the third.
The tie came in Notre Dame's final game of a season-opening, eight-game home stand that saw the Irish go 5-2-1.
Notre Dame hits the road this coming week when the Irish play a pair of games at top-ranked Minnesota. The teams meet at 7:05 p.m. (CT) on Nov. 7 and then at 4:05 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, Nov. 9. The Gophers face the University of Iowa in football on Nov. 8. Both games will be televised with Friday's game on the Big Ten Network and Sunday's on ESPNU.
** Notre Dame finished the game with 20 blocked shots in the game, a season high. Luke Ripley led the Irish with four, while Robbie Russo, Justin Wade and Steven Fogarty had three each.
** Mario Lucia's goal extended his point-scoring streak to a team-best six games (7g, 2a, 9 pts). He has scored goals in three straight for the Irish. Vince Hinostroza has scored points in three consecutive games (1g, 3a, 4 pts).