Lucia Goal Sends Notre Dame Past New Hampshire, 3-2
Senior forward Mario Lucia scores game-winning goal for Fighting Irish

Senior forward Mario Lucia scored the game-winning goal for the Fighting Irish
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 11:46  NDM1-0 PP Thomas DiPauli (9)Steven Fogarty/11, Jordan Gross/15
2nd 0:25  NDM2-0 PP Jake Evans (5)Anders Bjork/16, Bobby Nardella/16
2nd 13:43  UNH1-2 PP Andrew Poturalski (19)Matias Cleland/16
2nd 19:01  UNH2-2 EV Harry Quast (1)Jason Salvaggio/3, Chris Miller/5
3rd 11:45  NDM3-2 EV GW Mario Lucia (9)Thomas DiPauli/14, Andy Ryan/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Notre Dame  1113
New Hampshire  0202
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Notre Dame  156829
New Hampshire  712524
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Notre Dame (14-4-7)  2/4 10/20 0
New Hampshire (8-12-4)  1/8 6/12 0
Notre Dame Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Cal Petersen (W, 14-4-7)59:342 710522
Empty Net0:260     
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jamie Regan (L, 0-1-0)59:053 145726
Empty Net0:550     

DURHAM, N.H. - Jamie Regan (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) recorded a career-high 26 saves but the University of New Hampshire was edged 3-2 by 13th-ranked University of Notre Dame in Saturday's Hockey East game at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, which had erased a two-goal deficit in the second period, is now 8-12-4 overall and 2-6-4 in Hockey East while Notre Dame extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games (9-0-3) to improve to 4-4-7, 10-1-2.

New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 29 (7 p.m.) at third-ranked Providence College. The Wildcats' next home game is Feb. 12 (7 p.m.) against the University of Vermont. Limited tickets are still available by calling the Whittemore Center Ticket Office at (603) 862-4000 extension 5 or by visiting

Regan made 14 of his personal-best 26 saves in the first period. Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Harry Quast (Mullica Hills, N.J.) scored UNH's goals.

Mario Lucia, who scored the game-winning goal at 11:45 of the third period, Thomas DiPauli and Jake Evans scored the Fighting Irish goals. DiPauli was also credited with an assist. Cal Petersen made 10 of his 22 saves in the second stanza.

Notre Dame recorded a 15-7 shot advantage and scored the only goal in the first period. Sam Herr nearly gave the Fighting Irish the first goal of the game in the seventh minute when he tipped Andy Ryan's slap shot from the right point, but Regan made the glove save to keep the game scoreless.

One minute later, Poturalski won the race through the neutral zone to a loose puck in the left corner. He continued behind the next and centered a pass to the slot, where Tyler Kelleher's (Longmeadow, Mass.) shot was blocked in front by Justin Wade.

In the in the ninth minute, Bobby Nardella maneuvered from the left circle to the slot, where his backhander was kicked away by Regan's extended left leg pad. The Fighting Irish went on their first power play of the game at 9:56 and scored with 10 seconds left on the skater advantage to take a 1-0 lead. From the left circle, Steven Fogarty slipped a pass low to DiPauli, who feathered a shot inside the far post at 11:46. Jordan Gross was also credited with an assist.

UNH was on its second power play of the first period when Kelleher advanced along the end line on the left side to the doorstep, but his close-range shot was stopped by Peteresen.

ND opened the second stanza on the power play and struck again 25 seconds after the opening faceoff to take a 2-0 lead. Skating backwards down the slot, Evans corralled Anders Bjork's pass and flipped the puck inside the left post.

In the fifth minute, Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.) blasted a shot from the high slot that Petersen stopped. The rebound was in a mass of people in the low slot and Jamie Hill (Glassboro, N.J.) lifted a shot that was once again blocked aside by Petersen.

New Hampshire pulled within 2-1 on a power-play goal at 13:43. Poturalski charged down the slot, split a pair of defenders and continued toward the right post, where he tucked a shot into the cage. Cleland was credited with an assist.

With 4:30 remaining in the second period, Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.) led a rush down the right wing and, with Kyle Smith (Lumberton ,N.J.) cutting through the left wing, he blasted a shot wide of the right post.

Quast leveled the score, 2-2, with 59 seconds left in the middle stanza. Chris Miller (Windham, N.H.) gained possession behind the net and pushed the puck to the right corner for Jason Salvaggio (Hanson, Mass.). Salvaggio skated off the half-boards and lost his footing in the circle, but he made a diving effort to push the puck to Quast at the left point, and his slapper sailed into the upper-right corner.

In the 10th minute of the third period, Kelleher ripped a shot from the right faceoff dot that ricocheted off the near post.

The Wildcats went on their eighth power play of the game at that point, but the Fighting Irish killed off the penalty and scored 28 seconds after returning to full strength to take a 3-2 lead at 11:45. DiPauli sent the puck through the neutral zone and Lucia tracked down the loose puck at the right point. He continued past a UNH defender down the slot and shifted to the right, then doubled back to the low slot and snapped a low shot that Regan stopped with his right leg pad. Lucia corralled the rebound at the left doorstep and lifted a shot into the net. Ryan also earned an assist.