SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ryan Campbell and Aaron Voros scored two goals each and defenseman Felipe Larranaga had a three-point game (a goal and two assists) to lead Alaska Fairbanks to a 6-5 win over Notre Dame Saturday night at the Joyce Center.
The Nanooks took 5-1 and 6-2 leads only to see the Irish rally with four second-period goals but fall short in the 6-5 loss.
Junior center Connor Dunlop sparked the Irish offense with a four-point night (a goal and three assists) but it was not enough as the Nanooks held off the Irish for the weekend sweep.
The loss, Notre Dame’s sixth in its last seven games, drops the Irish to 9-14-5 overall and 7-11-5 in the CCHA. The Nanooks go to 16-10-2 on the year and move into fourth place in the league with a 12-10-2 record.
UAF took a 3-0 lead in the first period before Notre Dame could get its offense in gear. Campbell got his first of two goals at 7:08 when he scored on a breakaway for his 10th goal of the year.
Larranaga gave the Nanooks a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal at 11:54 as he fired a rebound past Irish goaltender Morgan Cey from the bottom of the left wing faceoff circle.
Campbell got his second goal of the night at 15:00 when he combined with Larranaga on a two-on-one to give Alaska Fairbanks the 3-0 lead.
Notre Dame was able to break through on UAF goaltender Preston McKay when Dunlop took a lead pass from defenseman Derek Smith, got by the defenseman and beat McKay with a wrist shot from between the faceoff circles for his career-best eighth goal of the season.
The Nanooks got their three-goal lead back with just 30 seconds left in the first period as Ryan Lang whipped a centering pass from Cory Rask past Cey for his sixth of the season.
Cey gave way to senior Jeremiah Kimento to start the second period, but the Alaska Fairbanks’ power play clicked again as Voros got his first of the night and one of four on the weekend at the 2:00 mark.
Rob Globke answered back with his ninth of the season off a Yan Stastny setup at 4:49, but Voros got his second of the night and the eventual game-winner as he deflected Keith’s centering pass from the left wing boards past Kimento on a bang-bang play at the crease at 7:28.
The Irish would then score three times in the final 8:11 to make it 6-5 after two periods. Stastny scored on the power play for his fourth of the season and third in three games at 11:49.
Kyle Dolder blasted a shot from the top of the right wing circle that beat McKay to the far post for his second of the season at 12:23. Dunlop picked up his third assist of the night with a nice drop pass to Dolder as he had a hand in Notre Dame’s first four goals.
Neil Komadoski then scored on a slapshot from the left point at 18:52 for his first goal of the season and the Irish were back in the game.
After seeing 11 goals scored in the first two periods, the defenses took over. Alaska Fairbanks replaced McKay with Lance Mayes in goal and he turned away all six Irish shots in the third period as neither team could get on the scoreboard.
Notre Dame finished the game outshooting UAF by a 39-33 margin. Cey made nine saves in 20 minutes of action and Kimento turned aside 18 in his two periods of action. McKay made 28 saves in two periods to go along with Mayes’ six in the final period.