While the Notre Dame and USC football teams have been playing since 1926, a new athletic rivalry between the two schools began this weekend in Chicago and South Bend. The Trojans made the trip to the Midwest for two games against Notre Dame’s second-year club hockey team. The Irish swept the two-game series, winning 7-2 on Friday at Johnny’s Ice House in Chicago and 4-3 Saturday at Compton Family Ice Arena to retain the newly-minted Jeweled Shillelagh hockey stick.
Notre Dame jumped off to an early 4-0 first period lead and never looked back on Friday. Receiving goals from sophomore forward J.C. Tellez, sophomore forward Joe Salvi, junior forward Mike Marino, senior forward Conor Kelly, sophomore defenseman Josh Dempsey, and junior forward Dan Lempres. The Trojans managed two third-period goals but were otherwise deterred by the play of junior goalie Justin Dancu, who finished with 27 saves.
On Saturday, the Irish eked out a 4-3 victory in a game dominated by offense and goaltending. Both teams peppered the opposing net with over 50 shots, and both received outstanding goaltending. Sophomore goalie Nick Stasack turned away all but three shots in the win. The Irish got goals from sophomore forward Abdel Medina, freshman defenseman Zach Flynn, senior forward Paul Barron, and the eventual game-winner off the stick of Salvi.
The Irish next play Nov. 3 on the road against Aquinas.
Originally published by recsports.nd.edu on October 26, 2013.at