Notre Dame, IN - Jeff Vanderlugt scored a pair of goals for the University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team, but the Chargers fell 5-2 to 10th-ranked Notre Dame on Friday night as part of the 2013 Shillelagh Tournament at Compton Family Ice Arena.
UAH (0-13-0) fell behind 3-0 before the junior Vanderlugt recorded back-to-back goals, his second and third of the season, and cut the deficit to just one goal. No. 10/11 Notre Dame (9-5-1) would then add two more and run away with their three-goal victory on their home ice.
Vanderlugt scored at 19:49 of the first period, converting on the power play in a no-look fashion. He received the pass in the crease and slid the puck past the Notre Dame goaltender with his back to the net.
He scored his second goal on the redirect from Jack Prince, who fired a shot on goal. Vanderlugt put his stick on the puck and found the back of the net to cut the deficit to just one. UAH would not score again, but scoring two goals against a nationally-ranked opponent could go a long way.
Matt Larose (0-7-0) surrendered all five goals in net and racked up 39 saves on the night.
The Irish scored two power play goals and a short-handed goal as well in the win.
It was a good offensive showing for the Chargers, who were shutout in their last series against Northern Michigan this past weekend.
UAH will now face Western Michigan tomorrow at 3:35 p.m. central time. WMU actually tied Northeastern in the first game of the Shillelagh Tournament 1-1, but advanced in the tournament after winning the shootout.