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Notre Dame Athletics | December 11, 2015

NCAA Hockey: No. 18 Notre Dame stuns No. 3 Boston College

  Notre Dame capitalized on three goals in the third period to upset No. 3 Boston College.

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Trailing 3-1 at 7:05 of the third period, No. 18 Notre Dame scored three straight goals to post a 4-3, come-from-behind win at third-ranked Boston College on Thursday night at Conte Forum (4,863).

Jordan Gross started the comeback, scoring his sixth goal of the season on a wrist shot from the point at 8:33 of the third, cutting Boston College's lead to 3-2.

"I think our fourth line did a really good job giving us energy tonight and Jordan's goal was the second goal they were on the ice for," Head Coach Jeff Jackson said. "That really gave us some momentum to be able to come back."

Then, after Jake Evans won an offensive zone face-off, Andrew Oglevie wired a wrist shot to the top corner past Thatcher Demko's glove at 15:26 to tie it at 3-3.

With 22 seconds left in the third and overtime looming, Dennis Gilbert sent a slap shot through traffic to hand the Irish the 4-3 win, snapping Boston College's 13-game winning streak. It was Gilbert's first career game winner.

"There's no question that was a signature win for us to close the first half," Jackson said. "We've had a chance to play top teams like UMass Lowell and Harvard and now Boston College, so to get the win it was a good chance to prove that we can compete with top teams and that we are a top team, we just have to play at that level moving forward."

The teams were knotted at 1-1 after the first period of play, including Jack Jenkins' first career goal for the Irish.

Early in the second period, Petersen kept it a 1-1 game when he saved Colin White's penalty shot with his left pad. It was the first penalty shot Petersen has faced in his Notre Dame career.

"Cal did a good job considering had some heavy traffic and people lurking around his net all night," Jackson added. "Then the save on the penalty shot was a big save at that moment of the game."

Early in the third, Austin Cangelosi scored back-to-back goals to stake the Eagles to a 3-1 lead, setting the stage for Notre Dame's comeback.

"I can't say enough about the resolve of our guys, not giving up after they [Boston College] scored those two quick goals in the third," Jackson added.

Petersen finished with 23 saves for the Irish, while Demko totaled 35 saves for Boston College as Notre Dame out shot BC, 39-26.

Notre Dame (9-4-4, 6-1-2 HEA) was 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Eagles (13-2-1, 6-1-1 HEA) also finished 0-for-2.

The Irish will now break for final exams and then return to action on Jan. 1-2 at No. 11/12 Denver.

-- Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead at 10:21 of the first period on Jack Jenkins’ first career goal. Boston College tried to break out of the defensive zone but Joe Wegwerth broke the play up and the puck went to Bobby Nardella at the point. Nardella put a shot on net that Demko saved, but Jenkins was there to put in the rebound for an all-freshman class tally.

-- Boston College tied it at 1-1 on an Adam Gilmour goal at 15:04 of the first period when his wrist shot from the slot beat Petersen, with assists going to Austin Cangelosi and Zach Sanford, who combined to break into the offensive zone.

-- After a scoreless second period, Cangelosi gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead at 3:48 of the third period when he tipped in a Teddy Doherty pass from just outside the crease to Petersen’s right. Sanford also assisted on the play.

-- Cangelosi struck again at 7:05 of the third when he converted from in close after Doherty caromed a shot off the end boards. Sanford notched his third assist of the night on the play.

-- Jordan Gross made it a 3-2 game at 8:33 of the third when his wrist shot from the point beat Demko high, with Anders Bjork setting the screen in front. Dennis Gilbert slid the puck across the top of the offensive zone after Dawson Cook was able to get the puck out to the point.

-- Jake Evans won an offensive zone face-off back to Andrew Oglevie, who fired a wrist shot high past Demko’s glove at 15:26 of the third to tie the game at 3-3.

-- Gilbert sent a blast from the point high past Demko with 22 seconds left in regulation to lift the Irish to the win. Gross picked up a pass from Anders Bjork and slid it across to his defensive partner, Gilbert, who waited for the puck to bounce back off the boards before sending his one-timer past Demko. 

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