Freshmen are filling up the nets for Notre Dame this weekend.
About five hours after Mandy Laddish sent the women’s soccer team to the national championship Friday afternoon, Irish hockey freshman T.J. Tynan tipped in a third period goal to give his team a 5-4 win over No. 5 Miami. Tynan’s goal pushed Notre Dame (10-4-2) ahead of the RedHawks for first place in the CCHA conference.
Tynan has been tearing it up for Jeff Jackson’s team so far in his young career. He was named the HCA’s National Rookie of the Month in November. The redhead from Orland Park, Ill. is only 5-foot-8 and less than 160 pounds, but he led the conference in scoring with six goals and six assists in November.
His game-winner on Friday night came less than a minute after Miami tied the game at 4-4 on a wrist shot from Matt Tomassoni. Tynan’s goal started with when fellow freshman Anders Lee picked a Miami defenseman’s pocket behind the net. Lee dished the puck to Bryan Rust (yet another frosh) who fed it to Tynan in front of the net. Lee finished the game with a career-high three assists and Rust had two goals of his own to go along with the game-winning helper.
Notre Dame is currently two points ahead of Miami (26-24) in the CCHA and the two teams play again in Oxford, Ohio tonight. Michigan is currently in third place with 22 points.