SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Sixth-ranked Notre Dame skated past Boston College 4-0 on New Year's Eve at the Compton Family Ice Arena to begin the second half of the season. Cale Morris stopped all 20 shots he faced for the shutout in the Irish net.
Notre Dame (12-5-1) scored twice in the span of 34 seconds midway through the first period before adding an insurance goal and empty-netter in the third.
The Eagles dropped to 6-7-1 (6-1-2 HEA) and saw their second four-game unbeaten streak of the season come to an end. Boston College hit the post or crossbar four times on the night, including twice in the third period from Marc McLaughlin and Graham McPhee.
Luke McInnis led the team with four shots on goal and was denied by Morris point-blank at the right post in the second period. JD Dudek rang the crossbar in the first period while the game was scoreless, and Casey Fitzgerald found iron with a one-timer from the high slot in the second.
9:14 1st, ND Goal (0-1) | Joseph Woll (25 saves) denied Michael Graham's shot from the right wing but the rebound caromed into the opposite faceoff circle for Matt Hellickson, who one-timed the puck into the empty net
9:48 1st, ND Goal (0-2) | Matt Steeves collected a puck at the left point and quickly fluttered a shot on target that snuck short side on Woll to double the Notre Dame lead
7:17 3rd, ND Goal (0-3) | With the Eagles less than 30 seconds away from killing off a five-minute major, Colin Theisen wristed a low backhander under the left pad of Woll after Bobby Nardella fanned on a one-timer from the right wing
17:14 3rd, ND Goal (0-4) | From inside his defensive blue line, Dylan Malmquist lifted a high backhand down the ice and the puck trickled into an empty BC net off the left post
Boston College continues its winter break trip with a two-game series against 13th-ranked Arizona State on Friday (Jan. 4) and Saturday (Jan. 5). Both games against the Sun Devils are set to begin at 9 p.m. (ET).