UM outdoor win over Notre Dame features 170-foot goal
The sun casts long shadows on the ice at Notre Dame’s football stadium Saturday before a Michigan-Irish hockey game.
Senior defenseman Joseph Cecconi scored a 170-foot goal from his own zone on Saturday in Michigan’s 4-2 win over No. 6 Notre Dame in an outdoor game at Notre Dame Stadium before an announced crowd of 23,422.
Notre Dame Stadium was the site of the NHL’s annual Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, in which the Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2.
Cecconi dumped the puck out of his zone from just outside the left face-off circle in the Wolverine zone, and the puck skipped off the ice and bounced past Irish goaltender Cale Morris 4:42 into the game.
“We’re excited that we got the win,” Cecconi said on www.mgoblue.com. “We all know that it’s time to turn this ship around, and all it takes is one win. That’s three big points for us, and that’s huge.”
Michigan is 3-4-4-2 in the Big Ten and 7-7-6 overall. Notre Dame is 5-4-0-0 and 12-6-1.
Will Lockwood scored 16 seconds after Cecconi’s goal to make it 2-0.
Nolan Moyle and Dakota Raabe (empty netter) also scored for UM, and Raabe added an assist. Nick Pastujov had two assists and Hayden Lavigne made 30 saves.
Morris, who won the Mike Richter Award last season as Division I College Hockey’s top goalie, made 38 saves, and Cam Morrison and Alex Steeves scored for the Irish.
It was the eighth outdoor game for Michigan in the modern era (post-1960).