Shootout goal advances Notre Dame to Ice Breaker title game after wild 6-6 tie with Mercyhurst

Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin. (Mercyhurst Athletics)
Rick Gotkin’s Mercyhurst Lakers pushed No. 2 Notre Dame to a 6-6 overtime tie but will play in the consolation game of the IceBreaker after losing, 1-0, in a shootout (photo: Mercyhurst Athletics).

Senior Bobby Nardella scored the only goal in a shootout as No. 2 Notre Dame advanced to the finals of the Ice Breaker Tournament, winning the shootout 1-0 after skating to a wild and wooly 6-6 tie through regulation and a five-minute overtime.

Officially, the game will be recorded as a tie.

The goal capped off a wild, back-and-forth nightcap at the 2018 Ice Breaker. Mercyhurst held leads of 2-1 and 4-2 before Notre Dame stormed back to grab leads of 5-4 and 6-5, before Stephen Ipri’s goal with 4:01 left in regulation forced overtime.

Cal Burke scored a hat trick for Notre Dame, with all three goals coming in the third period. Burke post a game-high 10 shots.

The Lakers were led by Taylor Best who posted two goals and two assists of his own.

Notre Dame will face No. 4 Providence in Saturday’s championship game, the USCHO Game of the Week. Providence defeated Miami, 4-0, in the opening semifinal.

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