Notre Dame was on the bubble to make the NCAA men’s hockey tournament, but will play Boston College in the first Northeast Regional game at the Times Union Center at 1 p.m.
The Fighting Irish were 14-12-2 overall and 12-10-2 in the Big Ten in the regular season. They’re coming off a 6-3 loss to Penn State in the Big Ten quarterfinals, despite having beaten the Nittany Lions by a combined 12-3 in the last two regular-season games.
Here are five things to know about Notre Dame:
This will be Notre Dame’s 12th NCAA appearance.
The Fighting Irish have been to the Frozen Four four times, including two of the last three, losing to Minnesota-Duluth 2-1 in the national championship game in 2018 and to Denver 6-1 in the national semifinals in 2017.
Boston College beat Notre Dame 4-1 in the 2008 national championship game.
The Notre Dame head coach has 530 career victories over the course of six seasons with Lake Superior State and 15-plus with Notre Dame.
His Lake Superior State teams won the national championship in 1992 and 1994.
There have been 15 sets of brothers who have played for Notre Dame.
Matt and Alex Steeves, Notre Dame’s leading scorer, and Graham and Landon Slaggert are on the current roster, as is Cam Burke, whose older brother, Cal, signed with the Colorado organization after his senior season in 2019-20.
Sophomore Trevor Janicke’s father, Curtis, played for the Irish from 1989-93, making them the sixth father-son duo in the program.
As of Feb. 15, 13 former Notre Dame players have appeared in an NHL games this season, including Anders Lee of the New York Islanders.
Dave Poulin was the most-accomplished Irish player in the NHL, with 205 goals and 325 assists in 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals.
TAKES AFTER MOM
Senior Dylan St. Cyr’s father, Gerry, played minor league hockey, including one AHL season at center with the New Haven Senators in 1992-93.
But Dylan chose his mother’s position, goalie. Manon Rheaume, who played for Team Canada at the 1998 Olympics, is best known for having been the first woman to appear in an NHL preseason game, with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992.