Michigan stuns Irish early on way to hockey win in Notre Dame Stadium - Notre Dame Insider
Ndinsider.com - Sun 6 Jan 18:45 GMT

Michigan stuns Irish early on way to hockey win in Notre Dame Stadium - Notre Dame Insider

SOUTH BEND — The boxing-themed, “Let’s Take This Outside” Big Ten hockey game Saturday between Michigan and Notre Dame almost turned into a first-period knockout by the Wolverines.

  SOUTH BEND — The boxing-themed, “Let’s Take This Outside” Big Ten hockey game Saturday between Michigan and Notre Dame almost turned into a first-period knockout by the Wolverines.

  Michigan, 1-3-6 since splitting an early November series with the Fighting Irish in Ann Arbor, got three first-period goals in the first 9:54 against Irish All-American Cale Morris, the first two within 16 seconds of each other, and beat No. 6 Notre Dame, 4-2, before 23,422 on the temporary ice sheet constructed in Notre Dame Stadium.

  Morris finished with 38 saves, eight more than his junior counterpart Hayden Lavigne, who got a little revenge for surrendering Jack Evans’ game-winning goal with 5.2 seconds remaining last April in Notre Dame’s 4-3 victory in the Frozen Four at Saint Paul, Minn. “You’d like to see the kids win so they can have a positive memory,” said Jackson, whose Irish return to the Lefty Smith Rink at the Compton Family Ice Arena to play Big Ten rival Minnesota next Friday and Saturday nights.

  It was Notre Dame’s third outdoor game — the Irish beat Miami (Ohio) 2-1 in 2013 and then lost to Boston College at Fenway Park 4-3 in 2014 — and the eighth for Michigan, which is now 4-3-1 playing outdoors.

  Goalie saves—Michigan, Hayden Lavigne 11-10-9—30; Notre Dame, Cale Morris 13-14-11—38.