Notre Dame Captures Innuagural Lightning Classic Crown
Irish Capture First Tournament Title Since 1981 With 2-0 Win Over Air Force

Tampa, Fla. - It was a night of landmark achievements for the 10th-ranked Notre Dame hockey team on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the St. Pete Times Forum as the captured their first tournament win in 25 years, capturing the Lightning College Hockey Classic with a 2-0 win over Air Force.
Senior goaltender David Brown was the difference in the game as he stopped all 28 Falcon shots he faced in recording his first shutout of the season and his Notre Dame record-setting seventh career shutout.

Brown got all the scoring he needed at 3:28 of the second period when sophomore Christian Hanson tucked the rebound of a Justin White shot past Air Force goaltender Ian Harper for his second goal of the weekend. Hanson was selected to the all-tournament team and was MVP of the tournament.
Notre Dame's lead would go to 2-0 at 13:23 of the middle stanza when Jason Paige drilled a wrist shot from the slot past Harper on the power play for his second goal of the season and from there, Brown and the Notre Dame defense would take over.

Senior goaltender David Brown made 28 saves to shutout Air Force, 2-0, in the title game of the Lightning College Hockey Classic.

The win improved the Irish to 5-1-0 on the year and gives them their best start since 1998-99 when they got off to a 6-0 mark. Notre Dame has now played five straight road games and is 4-1-0 in that span.

UAH forward  Brett McConnachie (3) feeds the puck through the legs of Army defenseman Chris Colvin (2)                          
Photo courtesy: Army Athletic Communications

The victory was also a landmark in the career of head coach Jeff Jackson. Now in his second season behind the Irish bench, Jackson recorded his 200th career victory with the win over Air Force. He owns the best winning percentage among active Division I head coaches with a .713 percentage and his 200 wins rank him 22nd among active head coaches.
 On the night, the Irish were out shot by Air Force, 28-25. Harper finished with 23 saves as the Falcons fall to 3-5-0 on the season.
Joining Hanson on the all-tournament team were teammates Brown in goal and defenseman Brock Sheahan. Alabama-Huntsville's Tyler Hilbert, Army's Zach McElvey and Air Force's Eric Ehn rounded out the team.

UAH Downs Army Hockey, 2-1
Alabama-Huntsville came from behind by scoring two goals in the final period to defeat Army, 2-1, in the consolation game of the first annual Lightning College Hockey Classic at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., Saturday night.
Zach McKelvie scored his second goal of the season with 3:35 left in the second period to break a scoreless tie, and put Army (5-2-1) on top 1-0 heading into the third period.

Army forward Casey Bickley (12) battles Notre Dame forward Evan Rankin (18) for control of the puck. No. 10 ranked Notre Dame defeated Army, 3-0, in a first-round contest at the first annual Lightning College Hockey Classic at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.                                                            
 Photo courtesy: Army Athletic Communications

However, UAH capitalized on two Army mistakes during a lack-luster performance by the Black Knights over the final 20 minutes of play. Josh Murray knotted things up at 8:01 for Alabama-Huntsville (2-5-0). He gathered in a loose puck right in the slot area and tucked it past Army goalie Josh Kassel, who had gone down to make a save on a shot by Tyler Hilbert.
Hilbert netted the game-winner four minutes later, while UAH was short-handed. The Chargers took advantage of a costly turnover in Army’s defensive zone as they were attempting to set up a breakout on the power play.
Kassel made 26 saves for the Black Knights. Marc Narduzzi stopped 17 Army shots to pick up the win in net for the Chargers.

Irish Down Army 3-0 In Opener
Notre Dame defeated Army, 3-0, in the first-round contest Friday, October 27 in front of 6,772 fans at the first annual Lightning College Hockey Classic at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.

Air Force topped Alabama-Huntsville, 7-5, in the other first-round tilt of the four-team tournament. The Falcons (3-4-0) will face Notre Dame (4-1-0) Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the championship game of the Lightning College Hockey Classic, while Army (3-1-1) takes on UAH (1-5-1) in the consolation match at 5 p.m.
Ryan Thang scored a power play goal midway through the first period to put the Irish on top first. Notre Dame dictated much of the pace during the first 20 minutes, holding a 7-1 advantage in shots on goal. However, Army goalie Josh Kassel turned aside all attempts for the exception of Thang’s power play tally.
Christian Hanson doubled the Irish’s lead with just under three minutes remaining in the second period when he wrested a shot over Kassel’s shoulder into the left-hand corner of the net.

Garrett Regan put the finishing touches on the shutout with a goal in the final two minutes of the third period.
Army was outshot in the contest 30-7.
Kassel registered 27 saves, including Irish forward Kevin Deeth’s penalty shot attempt with 13:44 left in the game. It was the sophomore netminder’s first career loss. Jordan Pearce made seven saves to pick up the win and the shutout for Notre Dame. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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