A late goal from Minnesota Duluth defenseman Dylan Samburg broke a 2-2 tie and gave the No. 3 Bulldogs a come-from-behind 3-2 win over No. 1 Notre Dame in the rematch of last year’s national title game.
The two teams will face-off again on Saturday evening in the non-league series finale.
Notre Dame jumped to a 2-1 lead on second period tallies by Andrew Peeke and Colin Thiesen, that after Duluth opened the scoring early in the frame on a goal by Peter Mackay.
But a Nick Swaney shorthanded goal with 7:23 remaining set up the late game situation.
After Notre Dame’s power play was unable to score late, the Bulldogs transitioned and earned an offensive zone faceoff. Swaney and Peter Krieger worked to win the draw back to Samburg who wrested a puck through significant traffic into the net.
It is the second consecutive Friday where a newly-crowned No. 1-ranked team fell. Ohio State fell last Friday, 6-3, to Massachusetts before earning the split on Saturday.
No. 15 Bowling Green 8, No. 4 Ohio State 2
Sparked by a hat trick by Max Johnson, goals number 4, 5 and 6, on the young season, No. 15 Bowling Green cruised past Ohio State, 8-2.
The Falcons opened a 7-0 lead through two periods before the Buckeyes struck twice in the final frame. Stephen Ballis’ shorthanded tally with 8:23 remaining closed the scoring.
Bowling Green was an impressive 4-for-8 on the power play while limiting the Buckeyes to just a single power play goal in eight chances of their own.
Rensselaer 5, No. 11 Union 3
Prior to the beginning of this rivalry weekend, multiple people said you throw out the records and rankings when RPI and Union meet. We now know why.
Paces by four straight goals between the beginning of the second and early in the third to overcome a 4-2 deficit. Then after Union’s Jack Adams drew the Dutchmen close, Ture Linden buried an empty-netter in the final minute of play to ensure the 5-3 win for the Engineers.
Meirs Moore ties it up in the second period on a feed from Donovan Ott! pic.twitter.com/fyHMTUnBZq
— RPI Men's Hockey (@RPI_Hockey) October 27, 2018
It is the first win of the season for RPI, which improves to 1-3-0, and the first loss of the year for Union, which falls to 4-1-1.
Michigan Tech 6, No. 14 Wisconsin 2
The Huskies scored four consecutive goals after Wisconsin jumped out to a 1-0 lead early and skated to a 6-2 victory in Madison on Friday.
Goals by Trenton Bliss, Tommy Parrottino, Alec Broetzman and Gavin Gould broke open the game between the 5:45 mark of the first and 8:20 of the second.
Wisconsin’s Wyatt Kalynuk remained hot with his fourth goal of the season at 5:24 of the third, but late power play goals by Jake Jackson and Broetzman in a span of 16 seconds sealed things for Tech.
Michigan Tech finished the game 5-for-8 on the power play.
No. 10 Penn State 4, No. 13 Princeton 2
The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Denis Smirnov and Alex Limoges in the first 4:02 and rode that to a 4-2 victory over 13th ranked Princeton in the opening game for the Ivy League opponent.
The Tigers continued to rally in the game and trailed, 3-2, after an Alex Riche goal at 2:23 of the third. But Ludvig Larsson’s third goal of the season with 4:40 remaining provided the final tally.
Michigan State 5, No. 8 Cornell 2
A four-goal third period for Michigan State ruined the season opener for No. 8 Cornell as the Spartans skated to a 5-2 victory.
Taro Hirose netted a goal and added two assists to pace Michigan State while goaltender John Lethemon made 32 saves to earn the win.
No. 6 Providence 5, Boston University 0
The Friars continued their early dominance, this time on the road, shutting out the host Terriers, 5-0.
The loss drops BU, an early-season favorite, to 0-4-0 on the season.
WATCH: Great diagonal feed from Dugan to Thompson and Bjorkqvist is there to clean things up on the power play. pic.twitter.com/veOUDTbg46
— PC Men's Hockey (@FriarsHockey) October 27, 2018
Brandon Duhaime scored twice for the Friars and Kasper Bjorkqvist added a goal and an assist, while netminder Hayden Hawkey made 18 saves for the shutout.