SOUTH BEND, Ind.- Lake Superior State fell to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame after controlling a 3-2 lead heading into the third period of the first of a two game series in South Bend, Ind. Senior goaltender Kevin Murdock (4-6-0) blocked 43 shots on the night to set a season high, however the Irish were able to put up four unanswered goals in the third period to secure the win.
Lake State took an early penalty (8:03) after freshman Matt Johnson (3-1--4) took a five minute major and game misconduct on a knee-to-knee penalty. Notre Dame jumped out to an early lead 9:31 into the first period from the stick of Austin Wuthrich (third goal of the season) on the power play. The Lakers answered back near the end of the first period after Colin Campbell (8-8--16) notched his eigth goal of the season from freshman Garrett Clemment (3-8--11) and the captain Matt Bruneteau (1-2--3).
In the second period the Lakers caught their first lead of the game after Ian Miller (2-2--4) scored at the 4:23 mark. The lead was short lived, however, as Notre Dame scored just over five minutes later (9:33) from Jeff Costello. Lake Superior State was able to tally their final score of the game before the end of the period when Kevin Czuczman (8-8--16) scored on the power play with 1:59 remaining in the peroiod.
In the third period it was all Notre Dame as they capitalized on the second goal from Wuthrich, a pair of goals from Sam Herr (12 goals), and Mario Lucia who tallied his 11th goal of the season. Senior goaltender Steven Summerhays recorded 19 saves in the victory for Notre Dame.
LSSU will face Notre Dame once again in the second of the two game series. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. Saturday night.