Oct. 25, 2006
Notre Dame, Ind. -
The Tournament: The Lightning College Hockey Classic The Teams: #11/#12 Notre Dame (3-1-0); Army (3-0-1); Alabama-Huntsville (1-4-1) and Air Force (2-4-0) Date/Site/Time: Fri.-Sat., Oct. 27-28 5:05/8:05 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum (19,758) The Games: Friday - 5:05 p.m. - Alabama-Huntsville vs. Air Force 8:05 p.m. - Notre Dame vs. Army Saturday - 5:05 p.m. - Third-Place Game 8:05 p.m. - Championship Game Broadcast Information: Radio: Notre Dame hockey can be heard live on ESPN Radio 1490, South Bend's SportsCenter. Mike Lockert, "the voice of Irish hockey" will bring you all the play-by-playaction. Internet Broadcast: At the Notre Dame website - www.und.com. All games available on gametracker.
OFF TO THE SUNSHINE STATE: Notre Dame continues its seven-game road swing this weekend with a trip to Tampa, Fla., where the Irish will serve as hosts to the first-ever Lightning College Hockey Classic at the St. Pete Times Forum. Joining Notre Dame in the tournament are the Army Black Knights, the Air Force Falcons and the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers. The Irish come into the tournament ranked 11th in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll and 12th in the USCHO.com/CSTV poll. Notre Dame is 3-1-0 on the year and is coming off a weekend that saw the Irish knock off No. 1s Army (3-0-1) in the 8:05 p.m. game on Friday night. In the tournament lidlifter, Alabama-Huntsville (1-4-1) faces Air Force (2-4-0) at 5:05 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 28, the third-place game will be played at 5:05 p.m. with the two winners from Friday playing in the title game at 8:05 p.m.
IRISH IN FLORIDA: This is the second time in the program's history that Notre Dame has played in the state of Florida. In December of 2003, the Fighting Irish played in the Everblades Tournament in Estero, Fla. Notre Dame lost to Cornell, 4-0 in the opening game and then defeated Maine, 1-0, to take third place in the tournament. Senior defenseman Noah Babin is a native of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and learned the game there before moving to Detroit to pursue his hockey career at the age of 14. He and his family still reside in Palm Beach Gardens. Former Notre Dame goaltender Morgan Cey `05, is a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization and is currently playing with the Lightning's ECHL affiliate in Johnston, Pa. Former Irish defenseman Chris Trick `06 is a member of the Pensacola Ice Pilots.
IRISH VERSUS BLACK KNIGHTS: Notre Dame and Army have played 15 times in the all-time series with the Irish holding an 8-7-0 edge. The last time the two schools met was on Jan. 26-27, 1996 at Notre Dame with the Irish winning 7-3 and 4-2 at the Joyce Center. Notre Dame is 4-0-0 in the last four meetings and the two teams have never met on neutral ice. The Irish are 5-3-0 against Army in South Bend and 3-4-0 at West Point.
IRISH AGAINST AIR FORCE AND ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE: Notre Dame has faced Air Force 35 times in the all-time series and has a 20-13-2 edge. The two teams have not played since Dec. 29, 1993 when the Irish took a 4-1 decision in the Colorado Banks/Denver Cup tournament.Notre Dame and Alabama-Huntsville have played a total of 15 times with the Chargers holding an 8-6-1 edge in the series. The two programs last met on Nov. 23-24, 1990 at the Joyce Center at Notre Dame with the Irish taking 8-7 and 3-2 wins.
BACK IN THE RANKINGS: The Irish returned to the national rankings this week (#11 in USA Today and #12 in USCHO.com) for the first time since the end of the 2003-04 season when Notre Dame finished the year ranked 12th. The Irish were ranked for six weeks that season, including the final four weeks of the campaign when they advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
WEEKEND IN NEW ENGLAND: The Irish took a pair of games on the East Coast for the first time since Dec. 28-29, 2001 when they swept a series at Princeton. In Friday's 7-1 win over No. 1 ranked Boston College, Notre Dame got a hat trick from junior center Mark Van Guilder (Roseville, Minn.) and two goals from freshman Ryan Thang (Edina, Minn.) to pace the Irish attack. Freshman Kevin Deeth (Gig Harbor, Wash.) (1g, 2a) and sophomore Erik Condra (Livonia, Mich.) (1g, 2a) each turned in three-point games in the win. Goaltender David Brown (Sr., Stoney Creek, Ont.) continued his mastery of the Eagles at Chestnut Hill, Mass., stopping 26-of-27 shots in the win. The lone Eagle goal came on the power play early in the third period. Brown also defeated a No. 1 ranked BC team in 2003-04 at Conte Forum. The Irish were 2-for-11 on the power play while Boston College was 1-for-10. On Saturday at Providence, freshman Dan Kissel (Crestwood, Ill.) was the hero, picking up his first career hat trick with a power-play, even-strength and short-handed goal in the game. Jason Paige (Sr., Saginaw, Mich.), Kevin Deeth and Michael Bartlett (Sr., Morton Grove, Ill.) had single goals in the win. Mark Van Guilder added a pair of assists for the five-point weekend. Brown stopped 22-of-23 shots in the victory.
AWARDS GALORE: Notre Dame players picked up their share of awards after last weekend's sweep at Boston College and Providence College. Senior defenseman Wes O'Neill (Essex, Ont.) was named the CCHA defensive player of the week with a pair of assists in the two games while going +4 on the weekend. Goaltender David Brown was the CCHA goaltender of the week as he stopped 48-of-50 shots in the two wins for a 1.00 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage. Freshman center Kevin Deeth took CCHA rookie of the week honors after getting two goals and two assists while being +4 for the weekend. Junior Mark Van Guilder was named Inside College Hockey.com's player of the week for scoring three goals (all against Boston College) and adding two assists for five points. College Hockey News.com named Notre Dame as its' team of the week.
BEATING THE BEST: Notre Dame has defeated the No. 1 ranked team nine times in the program's 39-year history. Each of the last three times have come at the expense of the Boston College Eagles (`03-'04, `04-'05 and `06-'07). Here's the list of Irish wins versus top-ranked teams in the 39-year history of the program.
10/20/06 - at Boston College, 7-1
10/22/04 - vs. Boston College, 3-2
10/23/03 - at Boston College, 1-0
1/3/99 - at North Dakota, 4-3
11/20/78 - at Minnesota, 3-2
1/13/78 - vs. Denver, 5-3
1/18/74 - vs. Michigan Tech, 7-1
2/24/73 - vs. Wisconsin, 4-3
2/23/73 - vs. Wisconsin, 8-5
The 7-1 win over Boston College was the first for the Irish over a ranked team since 10/22/04 when they defeated the Eagles at the Joyce Center. The win snapped a 21-game (0-18-3) winless streak against ranked teams.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Irish opened the 2006-07 at home on Oct. 12 with a 6-1 win over Minnesota State. After that, the Irish play seven straight on the road. They are currently 2-1 in the first three road games and will play two away from home this weekend in Tampa, Fla., for the first-ever Lightning College Hockey Classic vs. Army (Oct. 27) and then against either Air Force or Alabama-Huntsville (Oct. 28). The road trip will end the following weekend at Ohio State (Nov. 3-4).
TWO FOR 200: Head coach Jeff Jackson needs just two more wins to reach the 200-win mark in his Division I coaching career. Now in his eighth season behind a collegiate bench, Jackson is 198-72-29 with a .711 winning percentage. He has the best winning percentage among active coaches with five or more years experience and his 198 wins rank him 22nd among active coaches. In six seasons at his previous collegiate stop - Lake Superior State (1990-96) - Jackson's teams were 182-52-25 with two national championships, two CCHA regular-season titles and four CCHA tournament championships. Included in his 195 career wins are 36 postseason victories and a .800 winning percentage (36-9 in postseason). In CCHA postseason action at Lake Superior, Jackson's teams were 24-2 (.923) with the two losses coming to Michigan in CCHA Championship games (`94 and `96).
TOURNAMENT NOTES: Notre Dame is appearing in its first in-season tournament since Dec. of 2003, when the Irish participated in the Everblades Classic in Estero, Fla. (see page 5 for table of results). All-time, Notre Dame owns a 17-32-3 in-season tournament record and have not won a tourney since the 1981 Great Lakes Invitational in Detroit, Mich. This is the 27th in-season tournament for the Irish. They have four first-place finishes, six, second-places, five third-places and 11 fourth-place finishes in the program's history.
GOAL-SCORING MACHINE: Part of the reason for Notre Dame's fast 3-1 start this season has been the Irish ability to put the puck in the net. Through the first four games, Notre Dame has outscored the opposition by a 21-6 margin (5.25 to 1.50 per game. Last year, in 36 games, Notre Dame scored just 89 goals (2.47 per game). Last year, the Irish did not score their 21st goal until the seventh game of the season.
BACK-TO-BACK: The Irish recorded back-to-back hat tricks in the games at Boston College and Providence. In the 7-1 win on Friday night, Mark Van Guilder picked up the second, three-goal game of his career. The following night, Dan Kissel scored three times in the 6-1 win over the Friars. That marked the first time since Feb. 7-8, 1992 that Notre Dame players recorded hat tricks in back-to-back games. On Feb. 7, 1992, Lou Zadra had three versus Western Michigan in a 10-4 loss to the Broncos. The following night, Sterling Black scored three times in a 7-5 loss at Western Michigan.
FRESHMEN FIRSTS: Notre Dame's eight-man freshman class has made major contributions early in the season. Five of them have played in games this season and through the first four games have accounted for 10 goals and eight assists and are a combined +15. As a team, the Irish have 21 goals and 30 assists and are a combined +54. Leading the way is center Kevin Deeth who has scored in all four games and is second on the team with four goals and three assists. Right wing Ryan Thang is fourth in scoring with three goals and two assists and left wing Dan Kissel has three goals and an assist for four points. On defense, Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich.) and Brett Blatchford (Temperance, Mich.) each have one assist. Lawson has played in all four games while Blatchford has seen action in two.
CONDRA CAPERS: Sophomore right wing Erik Condra has picked up where he left off in the scoring department as a freshman. Condra, Notre Dame's rookie of the year and a CCHA all-rookie team selection, led the Irish with six goals and 28 assists for 34 points. In four games this year, he has a goal and five assists for six points. In 40 career games, Condra has seven goals and 33 assists for 40 points.
FOR OPENERS: With the 6-1 win on Oct. 12 versus Minnesota State, the Irish improved to 20-17-2 in the opening game of the season. The home win gave Notre Dame a 21-17-1 record in home openers. The 3-2 overtime loss on Oct. 14 dropped the Irish to 14-22-3 in road openers. Last season, the Irish dropped both the road opener (3-1 at Colorado College) and the home opener (5-3 to Princeton).
ALL TIED UP: The overtime loss to Minnesota State was the first for the Irish since March 12, 2005 when they lost a 1-0 overtime decision at Michigan game two of the first round of the CCHA playoffs. Last year, Notre Dame was 0-0-4 in four overtime games. In 54 overtime games since the start of the 1999-2000 season, the Irish are 7-7-40 in overtime. The last overtime win for the Irish came on Dec. 10, 2004 in a 3-2 victory against Michigan State. That win snapped a 16-game winless skid (0-2-14) during the regular season that started on Jan. 25, 2002.
TWO-GOAL GAMES OR MORE: Scoring is definitely contagious. Through four games this season, the Irish have seen players score two or more goals in a game six times already this year. Last season, Notre Dame had a total of seven multiple-goal games, including two hat tricks. Mark Van Guilder and Dan Kissel have had hat tricks against Boston College and Providence, respectively. Freshman Ryan Thang scored twice against Boston College. Sophomore left wing Garrett Regan (Hastings, Minn.) scored twice, including the game winner in the 6-1 win win on Oct. 12. Junior center Mark Van Guilder scored twice in the same game while recording a three-point game. On Oct. 14, it was freshman Kevin Deeth's turn as he collected a short-handed goal and a power-play tally in the 3-2 overtime loss.
MINNESOTA MAGIC: Notre Dame's five Minnesota natives had strong weekends in the home-and-home weekend with Minnesota State. Junior Mark Van Guilder had two goals and one assist in the 6-1 win on Thursday. Sophomore Garrett Regan had two goals in the 6-1 win against the Mavericks. Freshman Ryan Thang had a goal and an assists in the season opener. Seniors Tom Sawatske (Duluth, Minn.) was +1 on the weekend and T.J. Jindra (Faribault, Minn.) was even. An adopted son, Kevin Deeth who played two years of prep hockey at Shattuck St. Mary's (Faribault, Minn.), also had two goals and an assist in two games versus MSU.
PREMIER PUCKSTOPPER: Senior goaltender David Brown is off to a fast start in 2006-07. He is 3-1-0 on the year with a stingy 1.47 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage. Of the six goals he has given up, three have been on the power play, one short-handed and just two at even strength. Brown stopped 36-of-37 shots he faced in the season-opening win versus Minnesota State. That marked the 13th time in Brown's career that he has made 35 or more saves in a game. Notre Dame is 6-6-1 in those games.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Through four games, Notre Dame is 6-for-32 on the power play, converting at an 18.8% rate. The Irish have killed 25-of-28 power-play chances for an 89.3% success rate. Notre Dame has two short-handed goals on the year and has given up one on the year.
SCORING BY PERIODS: Through the first four games of the year, Notre Dame has yet to give up a first-period goal while scoring five of its own. In the second stanza, the Irish have outscored the opposition by a 10-3 margin. In the third, Notre Dame has a 6-2 edge.
CAPTAINS: Senior right wing T.J. Jindra (Faribault, Minn.) will serve as Notre Dame's captain for the second consecutive season. Jindra becomes the first Irish player to serve as captain twice since Evan Nielsen `03 held the responsibility from 2001-03. There have been 14 players to serve as two-time captains with the Irish. Joining Jindra as alternate captains in `06-'07, are senior center Jason Paige (Saginaw, Mich.) and senior defensemen Wes O'Neill (Essex, Ont.) and Tom Sawatske (Duluth, Minn.). Paige has served as an alternate captain since his sophomore year. O'Neill and Sawatske will be alternate captains for the first time at Notre Dame.
BY THE CLASSES: The 26-man Notre Dame hockey roster is made up of eight seniors, five juniors, five sophomore and eight freshmen. The eight seniors are the only remaining Irish players who were on the 2003-04 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program's history.
DROP THE PUCK: For the second season in a row, the Irish hockey team opened the season with their annual "Drop The Puck Dinner" that was held on Oct. 11 at the Joyce Center. Former Pittsburgh Penguin coach and current Chicago Blackhawk TV analyst Ed Olczyk served as guest speaker and over 400 Irish hockey fans attended. The first dinner occurred on Sept. 6, 2005 with over 400 fans in attendance and Scotty Bowman serving as guest speaker. Bowman, who won nine Stanley Cups in his illustrious coaching career, was also invited by Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis to address his team at practice on Sept. 6, just four days prior to the upset win at Michigan.
FAMILY MATTERS: Two members of the Notre Dame hockey team - forwards Erik Condra (Livonia, Mich.) and Garrett Regan (Hastings, Minn.) - have family ties to the Irish hockey program. Condra's uncle is All-American forward Kirt Bjork (`83) who played at Notre Dame from 1979-83. He scored 76 goals with 85 assists for 161 career points in 141 career games. He took All-America honors in 1983 when he had 29 goals and 34 assists for 63 points. Regan's uncle - Sean Regan - was a defenseman for the Irish from1981-83 before finishing his career at the University of Minnesota.
ROOKIE SUCCESS: Sophomore right wing Erik Condra led Notre Dame in scoring last season with six goals and 28 assists for 34 points. He became the first Notre Dame freshman to lead the team in scoring since Jamie Ling `96 led the 1992-93 team with 40 points in his first season. He would go on to lead the Irish in scoring four straight seasons. Condra was selected as Notre Dame's rookie of the year and was selected to the CCHA's all-rookie team. He led all CCHA freshmen in scoring and was seventh in the nation among rookie point scorers.
CCHA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: Senior Jason Paige (Saginaw, Mich.) was Notre Dame's representative on the CCHA Scholar-Athlete team for the 2005-06 season. Paige was one of 12 players (one from each school) selected to the team by the league's faculty representatives. Paige has a 3.71 grade-point average in finance. He follows former Irish captain, Cory McLean (`05), who was selected as the CCHA's first-ever Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winner following the 2004-05 season. McLean was a five-time Dean's List selection and graduated with a degree in Finance from the Mendoza College of Business with a 3.592 grade-point average. To be considered for the CCHA Scholar-Athlete Award, a player had to have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 through the fall term of the selection year to receive the school's Scholar-Athlete award. The award is selected by the 12 faculty representatives, voting based on a system awarding five points for a first-place vote, three points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote. Previously, the CCHA honored an all-Academic team that saw the Irish have at least one honoree in all but one season (2002-03) since their return to the CCHA in `92-'93. The nine first-team selections were: Curtis Janicke and Carl Picconatto ('92-'93), Garry Gruber (`95-'96), Steve Noble (`96-'97, `97-'98), Forrest Karr and Aniket Dhadphale (`98-'99), Andy Jurkowski (99'-'00), Dan Carlson (2000-01), David Inman (2001-02) and Rob Globke (2003-04). During that 12-year span, only Western Michigan (14) produced more CCHA All-Academic selections than Notre Dame's 11.
TURNAROUND YEAR: A year ago, the Notre Dame hockey team turned in a 13-19-4 record in Jeff Jackson's first season behind the bench. A closer look at the mark shows vast improvement for the Irish. Through the first 13 games of the season, Notre Dame was 3-9-1. Over the remaining 23 contests, the Irish were 10-10-3. In CCHA play, Notre Dame went from 3-20-5 in `04-'05 to 11-13-4 in `05-'06, a 15-point improvement from one season to the next. Only Miami's 16-point improvement in the standings was better than Notre Dame's 15-point turnaround.
MR. ZERO: Notre Dame goaltender David Brown (Stoney Creek, Ont.) recorded a pair of shutouts during the 2005-06 season to give him six for his career. That ties him with Morgan Cey `05 for the Notre Dame career mark in shutouts as each now have six. Brown also is Notre Dame's all-time leader in goals-against average (2.77) and is second all-time with a .909 save percentage.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Last season, the Notre Dame clicked at a 16.6% success rate (38-for-229) overall and led the CCHA with a 19.5% percentage (33-for-169). On the other side of the puck, the Irish penalty killers killed of 80.5% overall and (173-of-215) and in the CCHA had success just 78.7% of the time, surrendering 36 power-play goals on 169 chances.
OLD-TIME DEFENSE: Notre Dame's defense is made up of three seniors, three juniors and two freshmen this season. The three seniors - Noah Babin (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), Wes O'Neill and Tom Sawatske will team with junior Brock Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alb.) to form the team's top four. The final two spots will be a battle between juniors Dan VeNard and Brian D'Arcy (Western Springs, Ill.) and freshmen Kyle Lawson and Brett Blatchford (Temperance, Mich.). O'Neill comes into his final year as a candidate for all-CCHA and All-America honors.
NHL DRAFTEES: The Irish have four players on the 2006-07 roster who have been selected in the National Hockey League's Entry Draft. Last June, sophomore right wing Erik Condra (Livonia, Mich.) was selected in the seventh round, 211th overall by the Ottawa Senators. He is joined by freshman defenseman Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich.) who was selected in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh round, 198th overall. Condra and Lawson are joined by senior defenseman Wes O'Neill (Essex, Ont.) who was chosen in the fourth round of the 2004 Entry Draft, 115th overall by the New York Islanders. Also selected in 2004 was senior goaltender David Brown (Stony Creek, Ont.) who went in the eighth round, 228th overall to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
IRON MAN: Graduated right wing Tim Wallace (Anchorage, Alaska) finished his Notre Dame career in 2005-06 as the Notre Dame's all-time `Iron Man." Wallace played in every game of his career, 153 in all. He finished third on the all-time games played list for his four seasons with the Irish. Junior center Mark Van Guilder (Roseville, Minn.) is next in line as he now has played in every game in his first two-plus seasons for a total of 78 consecutive games.
PLAYING IN THE NHL: At times during the 2005-06 season, Notre Dame had five former players in the NHL at the same time. The five were: Ben Simon `00 (Columbus), Rob Globke `04 (Florida), Brett Lebda `04 (Detroit), Mark Eaton (Nashville) and Yan Stastny (Edmonton-Boston). Only one other time, have the Irish had five players in the NHL in one season. That came during the 1982-83 campaign when the Irish had five players see time, in the NHL. That group included: Jim Brown `82 (three games with Los Angeles), Jack Brownschidle `77 (72 games with St. Louis), Jeff Brownschidle `81 (four games with Hartford), Don Jackson `78 (71 games with Edmonton) and Dave Poulin `82 (two games with Philadelphia). As of Oct. 17, Eaton (Pittsburgh), Lebda (Detroit) and Stastny (Boston) were skating with NHL teams.
All-time Notre Dame In-Season Tournament Results (17-32-3)
2003-04 at Everblades College Hockey Classic (Estero, Fla.) - 3rd 12/27/03 - vs. Cornell L, 0-4 12/28/03 - vs. Maine W, 1-0
2002-03 at Ledyard National Bank Tournament (Hanover, N.H.) - Tie 3rd 12/28/02 - at Dartmouth L, 4-6 12/29/02 - vs. Vermont T, 3-3 ot
2000-01 at Rensselaer/HSBC Holiday Tournament (Troy, N.Y.) - 4th 12/29/00 - vs. St. Lawrence L, 3-6 12/30/00 - vs. R.P.I. L, 2-6
2000-01 at Maverick Stampede (Omaha, Neb.) - 3rd 10/13/00 - vs. Boston College L, 1-4 10/14/00 - vs. Niagara T, 3-3 ot (won in a shootout)
1999-2000 at Norwest Denver Cup (Denver, Colo.) - 4th 12/31/99 - vs. Denver T, 3-3 ot (lost in shootout) 1/1/00 - vs. Colorado College L, 2-5
1999-2000 at Ice Breaker Tournament (Denver, Colo.) - 3rd 10/15/99 - vs. Providence College L, 1-2 10/16/99 - vs. Union W, 4-0
1997-98 at Mariucci Classic (Minneapolis, Minn.) - 3rd 12/29/97 - vs. Northeastern L, 2-4 12/30/97 - vs. Brown W, 5-1
1995-96 at Bank One Badger Classic (Milwaukee, Wisc.) - 2nd 12/28/95 - vs. Wisconsin W, 3-2 12/29/95 - vs. Boston University L, 3-8
1994-95 at Great Western Freeze Out (Los Angeles, Calif.) - 4th 11/25/94 - vs. Maine L, 3-4 11/26/94 - vs. Princeton L, 3-6
1993-94 at Great Lakes Invitational (Detroit, Mich.) - 4th 12/29/93 - vs. Michigan L, 3-8 12/30/93 - vs. Michigan Tech L, 6-8
1993-94 at Great Alaska Face-Off (Fairbanks, Alaska) - 2nd 11/25/93 - vs. Michigan Tech W, 5-4 11/26/93 - vs. Alaska Fairbanks L, 5-6
1992-93 at Colorado Banks Denver Cup (Denver, Colo.) - 2nd 12/29/92 - vs. Air Force W, 4-1 12/30/92 - vs. Denver L, 1-6
1989-90 at Milwaukee Tournament (Milwaukee, Wisc.) - 4th 12/28/89 - vs. Wisconsin L, 3-9 12/29/90 - vs. Minnesota-Duluth L, 1-9
1988-89 at R.P.I. Tournament (Troy, N.Y.) - 4th 12/29/88 - vs. R.P.I. L, 0-6 12/30/88 - vs. Air Force L, 5-7
1986-87 at Pointer Classic (Steven's Point, Wis.) - 2nd 11/14/86 - vs. St. John's (MN) W, 6-2 11/15/86 - vs. Wisconsin-Steven's Point L, 2-5
1985-86 at Syracuse Invitational (Syracuse, N.Y.) - 4th 12/27/85 - vs. Colgate L, 7-8 12/28/85 - vs. Western Michigan L, 2-11
1984-85 at Forester Classic (Lake Forest, Ill.) - 4th 1/18/85 - vs. Bowdoin L, 6-9 1/19/85 - vs. Lake Forest L, 2-5
1984-85 at Phoenix Mutual Tournament (Hartford, Conn.) - 4th 1/4/85 - vs. Yale L, 5-10 1/5/85 - vs. Colgate L, 4-13
1982-83 at Great Lakes Invitational (Detroit, Mich.) - 4th 12/28/82 - vs. Michigan Tech L, 6-8 12/29/82 - vs. Michigan L, 3-12
1981-82 at Great Lakes Invitational (Detroit, Mich.) - 1st 12/29/81 - vs. Michigan W, 6-2 12/30/81 - vs. Michigan Tech W, 8-3
1972-73 at ECAC Holiday Tournament (New York, N.Y.) - 2nd 12/19/72 - vs. St. Lawrence W, 8-5 12/20/72 - vs. St. Louis L, 3-5
1971-72 at Motor City Holiday Tournament (Detroit, Mich) - 4th 12/28/71 - vs. Michigan Tech L, 3-6 12/29/71 - vs. Dartmouth L, 6-9
1971-72 at ECAC Holiday Tournament (New York, N.Y.) - 1st 12/18/71 - vs. Boston College W, 7-4 12/19/71 - vs. St. Lawrence W, 4-2
1970-71 at Boston Arena Christmas Tournament (Boston, Mass.) - 2nd 12/28/70 - vs. Northeastern W, 4-1 12/29/70 - vs. Boston University L, 3-7
1969-70 at Nichols Tournament (Buffalo, N.Y.) - 1st 1/2/70 - vs. Hamilton W, 4-2 1/3/70 - vs. Pennsylvania W, 5-2
1969-70 at Merrimack Tournament (Billerica, Mass.) - 1st 12/17/69 - vs. Salem State W, 8-4 12/18/69 - vs. Merrimack W, 5-1
Florida native Noah Babin returns to his home state this weekend when Notre Dame plays in the Lightning College Hockey Classic in Tampa, Fla.