Third-period goals 1:29 apart by Jack Jenkins and Mario Lucia snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the University of Notre Dame a 4-1 Hockey East win over the University of Maine Friday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Indiana.
Notre Dame has won seven of its last eight games and improved to 17-5-7 overall, 13-2-2 in Hockey East. Maine lost its third in a row and fell to 7-18-6 and 4-11-2, respectively.
Notre Dame is 12-1-3 over its last 16 games. Maine is 2-7-2 in its last 11 games.
It is the 16th time Maine has scored either one goal or been shut out.
The teams will conclude their series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
Freshman Jenkins scored his second goal of the season at the 9:38 mark. Jake Evans skated across the high slot and fired a backhander that was deflected past Maine goalie Matt Morris by Jenkins.
The goal came 25 seconds after Maine had killed off a penalty.
Lucia expanded the lead on the power play after an Anders Bjork shot hit the near post. The puck squirted across to Lucia and he tapped it home for his 10th goal.
Thomas DiPauli added an empty-net goal with 2:24 remaining. It was his 12th.
DiPauli had opened the scoring at the 4:08 mark of the first period with a shot from the right faceoff circle but Andrew Tegeler answered for Maine 3:57 later when he tried to stickhandle through a pair of Notre Dame defensemen and the puck rolled off his stick and slipped between the legs of Cal Petersen.
It was Tegeler’s second goal of the campaign.
Petersen finished with 21 saves while Morris turned aside 39 shots.
“We played well the first 10 minutes of the third period. We were doing more offensively than we had earlier. Then we were whistled for a penalty and took another one right on top of that one,” said Maine coach Red Gendron. “We defended pretty well for most of the game and Matt Morris played very well.”
Morris stopped shorthanded breakaways by DiPauli and Sam Herr.
“We didn’t play well offensively for stretches. We’ve got to shoot the puck more,” added Gendron.
He said Notre Dame is a quality team.
“They possessed the puck for a good portion of the game,” said Maine senior defenseman and alternate captain Conor Riley. “We had been getting pucks to the net in the first 10 minutes of the third period but we took those penalties and they scored and that was the deal-breaker. They move the puck well. The find the open man on the power play.”
Notre Dame is in a first-place tie with Boston College.