April 19, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -
St. John's lost 12-2 to the undefeated No. 3 Notre Dame on Sunday in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. With the non-conference loss, the Red Storm fell to 5-7 overall. The Fighting Irish advanced its record to 12-0.
Tied after the first period, Notre Dame scored four goals in the second quarter and six more in second half to take a decisive lead over the Red Storm.
St. John's had 36 shots to Notre Dame's 35, but Irish goaltender Scott Rodgers was a force between the pipes with 14 saves.
In the opening stanza, The Fighting Irish got on the board quickly with a shot scored by Notre Dame's leading scorer Grant Krebs.
Red Storm rookie Harry Kutner connected with senior Bobby Fitton to tie the score at 1-1, with 8:14 left in the first quarter. Kutner fed the ball to Fitton who was waiting in front of the net. Fitton was able to just tap the pass into the net past Rodgers.
St. John's took a one-goal lead two minutes later as senior Jamal Jones passed to classmate Trevor Michaelsen on the run in front of the Notre Dame goal. Michaelsen one-timed the ball past Rodgers in front of the net for the 2-1 Red Storm lead.
Notre Dame tied the game at 2-2 with just under three minutes left in the opening period. Notre Dame's Neal Hicks capitalized on his own interception passing the ball to Nicholas Beattie who tossed it back to Hicks as he put it back to score at 2:43.
Junior goaltender Gavin Buckley's last second save at the end of the first quarter kept the game tied at 2-2.
Three minutes into the second period, Zach Brenneman scored off a fast-break clear to give Notre Dame the 3-2 lead. Scoreless for the next eight minutes of play, Notre Dame extended its lead to two goals with a man-up goal off a Red Storm slashing penalty at 3:48. The Irish netted two more in the final minute of the period to take a four-goal, 6-2, lead over St. John's at the half.
Notre Dame continued on its scoring run, and netted one goal in the third and five more in the fourth period to win the game, 12-2.
Freshman Carl Iacona had his debut at the face-off X, winning one draw. Senior Dom DeNapoli won 6-of-16. Buckley had seven saves in the net for St. John's. Senior Malcolm Miles took a team-high 10 shots.
St. John's will head to Fairfield, Conn., to play its final ECAC league contest ever against the Fairfield Stags on April 25. Face-off is slated for 1 p.m. on Lessing Field.