Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin in game 2 of Big Ten hockey tournament - freetxp

Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin in game 2 of Big Ten hockey tournament

SOUTH BEND – With Notre Dame’s Big Ten Postseason Tournament hopes on life support Saturday night, senior defenseman Spencer Stastney came to the rescue of the third-seeded Fighting Irish against upset-minded Wisconsin at the Lefty Smith Rink in the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Needing a victory to force a Game 3 in the best-of-three quarterfinal series and a looming overtime just seconds away, Stastney skated into the Wisconsin goal and set up behind Badger goalie Jared Moe before patiently delivering a pass on the doorstep to teammate Trevor Janicke, who found the back of the net with 20 seconds remaining to give the No. 7 Irish a 3-2 victory over the sixth-seeded Badgers before 3,738 fans.

The victory in the penalty-marred game – there were 13 penalties totaling 45 minutes dished out – lifted coach Jeff Jackson’s Irish (26-10-0) over coach Tony Granato’s stubborn Badgers (10-23-3), who won Friday’s series opener 3-1 and rallied Saturday from an early 2-0 deficit and seemed to be in control.

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