Michigan’s Joe Cecconi scores from behind the opposite blue line pic.twitter.com/SBb47XSqgc
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 5, 2019
The Michigan men’s hockey team is taking on No. 6 Notre Dame outdoors at Notre Dame Stadium, and everything went the Wolverines’ way in the first period. Just ask defenseman Joseph Cecconi.
On Michigan’s first goal of the game, the Wolverines won a face-off at their own blue line and Cecconi received a cross-ice pass just inside his own defensive end. Cecconi made a pretty safe decision to simply fling the puck down ice. Well, something about Cecconi’s clear caught Notre Dame goaltender Cale Morris off guard because it managed to slide through his pads and into the net. It was a stunning goal that gave Michigan all the momentum in the period. Just moments later, Will Lockwood would pot a goal to double the end. By the end of the initial frame, Nolan Moyle had joined the part to give Michigan a 3-0 at the end of the first period.
After Cecconi’s goal slipped past Morris, the Irish just couldn’t recover for the rest of the period. Of course, taking down Notre Dame wouldn’t be anything new for Michigan. The Wolverines knocked off the Fighting Irish by a score of 2-1 back in November on the front end of a back-to-back set in Ann Arbor. Fans can catch the remainder of the game on NBCSN.