Notre Dame Athletics | March 26, 2019
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — For the second consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish are Big Ten Hockey Tournament Champions. The Irish secured the trophy and an NCAA Championship berth with a 3-2 win over Penn State before a record-setting crowd at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Saturday night.
With the win, the Irish (22-13-3) are headed to the NCAA tournament for a program-record fourth consecutive season. Attendance for the tilt with Penn State (21-14-3) was 5,988, the largest crowd to see an Irish hockey game at Compton.
Cam Morrison, who lifted the Irish to victory last season over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship with an overtime goal, once again posted the game-winning goal as he fired a wrist shot past Peyton Jones late in the second period to put the Irish on top.
Both teams traded goals through the first 20 minutes of play as the Nittany Lions answered both Irish goals. Spencer Stastney scored his first collegiate goal in the opening stanza, burying a backhander at the 3:43 mark to get the Irish on the board first.
After the Nittany Lions tallied one of their own just under nine minutes into the first frame, Cal Burke scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season (tied with Graham) 16:19 into the game to give the Irish a 2-1 lead.
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