NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Bowling Green’s hockey team had one too many mistakes Friday night.
|BG’s Ryan Carpenter (left) makes his move against Notre Dame’s Steve Summerhays. (Photo: Todd Pavlcack/BGSUHockey.com)
Unfortunately for the Falcons, Notre Dame capitalized in a big way.
Bryan Rust ‘s goal 1:22 into overtime gave the 12th-ranked Fighting Irish a 1-0 win over BG in Game 1 of their Central Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal series.
Rust scored from just off the left edge of the crease, lifting a backhander over the left shoulder of BG goalie Andrew Hammond.
The junior right wing was wide open between the circles to take Jeff Costello’s pass from the right corner after a BG turnover. Rust went to the net, faked to bring Hammond to his knees and then went to his left to score the goal.
Costello’s goal ended a terrific game, highlighted by the goaltending of Hammond and Steven Summerhays.
Hammond stopped 35 shots, 28 over the final two periods. Summerhays finished with 22 saves and was helped by two BG shots which hit the post in the first period.
The Fighting Irish will have two chances to close out the best-of-3 series. Game 2 is Saturday and Game 3 is Sunday. Faceoff both nights is 7:05.
ND, second in the CCHA during the regular season, improved to 22-12-3. BG is 15-20-5.
“They’re a team that exposes if you don’t take care of things,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “Too many times tonight, we didn’t.”
Costello and Rust are two of ND’s best players, skating on the team’s top line with Anders Lee. Lee is a finalist for CCHA player of the year.
Rust’s goal was even more impressive because Costello’s pass was into his skates. But Rust, who was coming onto the ice after a line change, still had time to kick the puck from his skates to his stick. Hammond got a piece of the puck, but it still had enough steam to cross the goalline
“They’re a good team,” Hammond said. “We hung around.
“We knew it was going to come down to one play. We weren’t on the positive side of that play.”
With Rust’s line coming on after a good first shift by ND’s line centered by T.J. Tynan, the Falcons couldn’t change as they were trapped in their defensive zone.
“That certainly helped us get that opportunity and break them down,” ND coach Jeff Jackson said.
The Fighting Irish — playing for the first time in two weeks after earning a first-round bye in the playoffs — gradually elevated their game. ND held a 29-16 edge in shots during the final two periods and overtime, thanks to its ability to control the puck in the offensive zone.
The Fighting Irish also clogged up the neutral zone and limited BG’s scoring chances.
BG’s Brett Mohler hit the post twice in the first period, and Summerhays turned in a solid game.
The teams played an exciting, tense, physical and grinding game.
“They were good all night,” Bergeron said of ND. “They blocked a bunch of shots. They made it very difficult all over the ice and through all three zones which is what we expected.”
“We did a great job of keeping their shots to the outside and limiting their chances,” said Summerhays, who has a 1.96 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
But Hammond kept BG in the game. The senior standout has stopped 105-of-111 shots in BG’s four playoff games for a 1.50 goals-against and a .946 save percentage.
“(Hammond’s) always in position and he’s a big goaltender,” Summerhays said. “You don’t see him diving around very much and he battles for loose pucks. He’s just a competitor.”
Although Hammond was BG’s best player, he had help from his teammates.
The Falcons blocked 16 shots and did a good job of clearing the front of the net so Hammond could see the shots. Hammond also had excellent rebound control
“Hammond was really good and we knew he had to be,” Bergeron said. “He was back on top of his game, but that was no surprise because he played well last weekend.”
Hammond improved his goals-against average to 2.41 and save percentage to .919.
“I felt really good,” Hammond said. “I just tried to battle and stay in there, making saves and try to keep playing until we scored. I knew it was going to come down to one play or one save.”
NOTRE DAME 1, BGSU 0, OT
GOALS BY PERIOD
BGSU 0 0 0 0—0
NOTRE DAME 0 0 0 1—1
Penalties: Lee, ND, tripping, 4:01; Williamson, BG, tripping, 8:19;
Murphy, BG, roughing-incidental contact to the head, 13:22.
Penalties: Berkle, BG, roughing the goalie and roughing after
whistle, 4:25; Freibergs, roughing after whistle, 4:25; Johns, ND,
roughing after the whistle, 4:25; Rust, ND, roughing after the
whistle, 4:25; Johns, ND, cross-checking, 7:21.
Scoring: 1, ND Rust 13 (Costello, Lee) 1:22.
SAVES BY PERIOD
Hammond, BG 7 15 13 0—35
Summerhays, ND 6 7 9 0—22
Goalie statistics (goals against/minutes played): (BG) Hammond
1/61:22; (ND) Summerhays 0/61:22.
Penalties-Minutes: BG 5-10, ND 4-8. Power plays: BG 0-2, ND 0-3.