John Heisler | December 28, 2017
Maybe the absolute worst thing that has happened to the University of Notre Dame hockey team so far in 2017-18 is that the Irish don't play for three weekends.
The snow is flying these days in South Bend, but the Compton Family Ice Arena is relatively deserted because the Irish have been busy this past week with final exams and now they head home for a lengthy break in advance of their next game Jan. 5 at Michigan.
Normally a nice holiday vacation would be welcome and, in this case, it's certainly well-deserved.
But when your team has won 13 straight games, eight of those against teams currently rated in the top 15 of the USCHO.com poll, an argument can be made that Notre Dame wishes it could play just about every day. That's how well it's been going for Irish head coach Jeff Jackson's squad.
As the old Jerry Reed song from 1971 goes, "When you're hot, you're hot."
Imagine Jackson this week, hidden away in his secret Compton laboratory, trying to figure a way to corral all the things that have gone right for his team so far this fall, bottle them up and sprinkle them like pixie dust over his roster when the Irish re-gather later this month.
Jackson has no particular explanation for why the wins have come in bunches in 2017. Right now, in one sense, he's just trying stay out of the way and let the good times roll.