Wolverines hockey sweeps #1 ranked Irish in home and home series
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Wolverines were able to close out a home and home sweep of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish with a 1-0 victory at Yost Ice Arena.
The 18th ranked Wolverines had their hands full with the top ranked Irish, who came in with a chip on their shoulder after being routed at home on Friday night.
Notre Dame Goalie Cale Morris was excellent in front of the net, recording 36 saves which was his 19th game of the season with at least 35. Unfortunately for Morris, UofM's Tony Calderone only needed one look in the second-period to lift the Wolverines over the Irish with a narrow 1-0 victory.
The Irish are ranked #1 in the nation, having clinched the Big Ten regular season title earlier this week, but have struggled the last two weekends going 1-3 against conference rivals Ohio State and Michigan.
With this loss the Irish will look to adjust, but considering their rank, that doesn't look to be a difficulty. The Irish had plenty of looks at the net on Sunday, but none of them got in.
Notre Dame held momentum much of the second period outshooting the Wolverines 15-11 but the Calderone goal was the only one to hit net all game.
Irish head coach Jeff Jackson had some comments after the game stating, "“I thought we played better tonight and certainly had some chances. You have to give their goaltender credit, he played well this weekend. They don’t give you much and then when we got shots through he was there to make the saves. I did [change some lines] in the third and we were still getting chances, we just need to convert on some of those.”
In the 138th all-time match up of these two teams, the Irish faced much adversity and will look to use that experience to regain momentum in the final home series of the season against Michigan State University next weekend. Friday night's game against the Spartans will begin at 7:35 p.m. while puck drop for Saturday's game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The games will both be held at Compton Family Ice Arena, and fans are welcome to come early Saturday to honor the seven seniors at the pregame ceremony.