Irish sophomore forward Juan Carlos Tellez fired a shot through traffic that squeaked under the pads of the IPFW goaltender with 0.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give Notre Dame a 3 - 2 victory over the Mastodons on Saturday night in Fort Wayne, Ind. The goal gave the Irish a split in the weekend series as IPFW bested the Irish 5 - 4 in overtime the night before.
Before Tellez's game-winner on Saturday, junior forward Mike Marino staked the Irish to a 1 - 0 lead early in the second period after blocking a shot and racing in alone on a breakaway. Marino faked left and slipped a wrist shot around the prone IPFW goaltender. After the Mastodons tied the game early in the third, senior forward Conor Kelly put the Irish up again, corralling the rebound of a shot from junior forward Danny Lempres. For the second night in a row, however, IPFW rallied in the third to send the game to overtime. Junior goaltender Nick Stasack made a number of acrobatic saves to keep the game tied in the extra period before Tellez's last-second heroics.
On Friday, the Irish fell in overtime 5 - 4 after digging out of a 3 - 0 first-period hole. Senior defenseman Tomas Abrate found the net three times for the Irish, while senior forward Victor LeVasseur contributed a goal. Stasack played well in the defeat.