College men's hockey: Bulldogs top IrishFreshman goalie Matt McNeely made his first collegiate start and freshman center Cal Decowski scored his first collegiate goal as No. 13 Minnesota Duluth defeated No. 9 Notre Dame 3-1 tonight in a nonconference college men's hockey game before about 4,500 fans at the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.
Freshman goalie Matt McNeely made his first collegiate start and freshman center Cal Decowski scored his first collegiate goal as No. 13 Minnesota Duluth defeated No. 9 Notre Dame 3-1 tonight in a nonconference college men's hockey game before about 4,500 fans at the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.
It was the first road game of the season for UMD and the first home game for Notre Dame. Both teams are 2-1.
McNeely, from Burnsville, Minn., made 29 saves for the victory.
The Bulldogs took the lead with 2.1 seconds left in the opening period as freshman center Cal DeCowski of Andover, Minn., scored in a 5-on-3 shift.
Second-period goals four minutes apart put UMD up 3-0. Senior winger Dan DeLisle came off the bench just after a successful Bulldog penalty kill and scored past Steven Summerhays on a breakaway at 10:00. Sophomore Justin Crandall followed at 14:01 by converting a Wade Bergman rebound.
Notre Dame turned up the pressure the second half of the period with the last nine shots on goal. Bryan Rust scored on a power play with 4:53 left in the second to get the Irish within 3-1. The Irish stayed on the attack early in the final period and at point had 17 straight shots on goal over two periods.
There was no scoring in the third period. Notre Dame led in final shots on goal 30-20.
McNeely played two years in the U.S. National Team Development program in Ann Arbor, Mich., and last season with Cedar Rapids (Iowa) in the U.S. Hockey League. Junior Aaron Crandall started both games last week in a home split with Ohio State.
Decowski, from Andover, Minn., played two U.S. Hockey League seasons with Des Moines (Iowa).
Sophomore center Caleb Herbert went out of the game late in the first period, after taking a hit to the head but returned for the second.
UMD was facing a Central Collegiate Hockey Association team for a second straight week to open the season. Notre Dame was picked by league coaches to win the 2013 CCHA regular-season title. A year ago at Amsoil Arena, UMD and Notre Dame split games.