Joanne Norell | January 22, 2019
CHICAGO — When University of Notre Dame freshman winger Michael Graham picked up Matt Hellickson's long feed at the offensive blue line and made a break for the net in the second period of Sunday's Big Ten contest against Wisconsin, what transpired might well have been a microcosm of his breakout weekend.
With the Irish trailing for the second time on the night, Graham put himself in the right place at the right time, skating behind the Badger defense for a breakaway backhanded goal that made it 2-2 and ultimately helped the Irish to an overtime decision. It was his second goal of the night, his fourth of the series and fifth point of the weekend as the Irish took five of six Big Ten points against the Badgers and climbed into sole possession of third place in the standings.
Graham, skating on the second line with sophomore Mike O'Leary and senior Dylan Malmquist, picked an ideal time to throw his coming out party, as earlier in the week the program announced injuries to junior forwards Cal Burke (appendectomy) and Cam Morrison (upper body) — Notre Dame's third- and fourth-leading point-scorers, respectively — who will be evaluated week-to-week. Senior forward Joe Wegwerth (knee) will miss the remainder of the season.
Burke, a nominee for the 2019 Hockey Humanitarian Award, leads the Irish with nine goals to go with 12 assists for 21 points. Morrison is the second-leading goal-scorer for the Irish with seven and also has seven assists for 14 points. And though he's appeared in just 12 games, Wegwerth remains Notre Dame's sixth-leading scorer (7-4-11) and his four game-winning goals still rank tied for sixth most in the country.
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