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Notre Dame flies past Old Abes in quarterfinal

03/06/2014, 4:45pm CST
By Michael Trzinski

Collin Appleton and McCormick each score twice for NDA


Notre Dame showed they were hungry to get back to the title game as they cruised past Eau Claire Memorial 7-0 in the second game on Q Thursday.

The Tritons scored twice in the first and third period and three times in the second on their way to a convincing victory over the defending state champs.

Notre Dame almost got on the board first, as Mason Appleton had a couple chances in close, but ECM goalie Nick Schreiter denied him with a pair of nice saves just under four minutes in.

The Tritons did score midway through the period on a play where Schreiter could not find the handle and Collin Appleton made the Old Abes pay as he scored on a rebound in a wild scramble. Mason Appleton and Jett Jaraczewski earned assists on the scoring play at the 8:06 mark.

Two minutes later, the Tritons increased the lead to 2-0 on a nice play by Mason Appleton. He skated down the left side, hung a sharp turn to the right and fired a shot from the mid-slot that went past Schreiter's blocker as he was sliding to his left following the movement of the NDA forward. Collin Appleton earned the assist at the 10:04 mark.

The period ended with that 2-0 score, as the Tritons held a slight 9-7 shot edge in the period.

NDA picked up where they left off as they scored a trio of goals in the middle period.

Sam McCormick opened the scoring in the period as he grabbed the puck after a face-off and skated from near the blue line to the top of the right circle before firing a shot that beat the ECM goalie high on the blocker side. Brett Gruber earned an assist on the power play goal at 5:46.

Less than 30 seconds later McCormick notched his second goal to make the lead 4-0 as he scored from the low slot with an assist to Gruber.

The Tritons closed out the scoring with just over nine minutes left when Collin Appleton skated down the middle, crossed to his left and snuck a back-hander between the left post and Schreiter's right skate to make it 5-0. Mason Appleton was given an assist on the play.

Jake Bresser almost got the Old Abes on the board when he beat an NDA player to the puck and cruised in on goal, trying to sneak a shot past the right pad of NDA goalie Aaron 'Soup' Campbell, but was denied as a penalty was called on the Triton player as they crashed into the net.

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The Tritons killed the penalty and three minutes later skated off with a 5-0 lead going into the second break. Notre Dame held a huge 17-3 shot lead in the period.

The Tritons scored less than a minute into the final period while on the penalty kill. Schreiter sent the puck to the boards on the left side and the puck rode on the ledge and dropped off right onto the waiting stick of Gruber, who skated to the slot and fired a shot past the ECM goalie to make it 6-0 and send the game to run time.

ECM switched goalies with 11:02 as Alex Geving came in to play his final game as an Old Abe.

Anton Brix scored the final NDA goal when he came steaming down the left side and fired a shot on Geving that just trickled through the five hole and across the goal line as the netminder watched helplessly midway through the period.

The clock wound down as the Tritons celebrated their 7-0 win.

NDA outshot ECM 7-3 in the period. Campbell stopped 13 shots for the shutout, while Schreiter (23) and Geving (3) combined for 26 saves for ECM.

Notre Dame moves on to tomorrow's semifinal match against Verona.

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