Notre Dame takes down Merrimack in OT, 4-3

Notre Dame takes down Merrimack in OT, 4-3
March 27, 2011, 3:27 am
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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) Anders Lee scored his second goal of the game 5:18 into overtime and Notre Dame rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits to beat Merrimack 4-3 on Saturday night in the NCAA tournament's NortheastRegional.

The Fighting Irish (24-13-5) advanced to play New Hampshire in the regional final Sunday night for a spot in the FrozenFour.

Lee got his stick in front of a clearing pass and knocked the puck backward past Joe Cannata into the net to win it. The Merrimack goalie just slumped to the ice as Lee skated off and was swarmed by his teammates across the ice from the Notre Damebench.

The Irish, who trailed 2-0 and 3-1, held off a frenzied start by Merrimack (25-10-4) inovertime.

The Warriors had the Irish scrambling from the start of overtime, firing off six shots in the first five minutes, prompting Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson to call atimeout.

Just 18 seconds later, Lee poked the puck into thenet.

Cannata made 33 saves for the Warriors, who were in the NCAA tournament for the secondtime.

Mike Johnson stopped 32 shots for Notre Dame, including all six he faced inovertime.

Billy Maday had a goal and an assist for the Irish. Ryan Flanigan led Merrimack with a goal and anassist.