In a home-and home series, the home team won each game as Michigan State (8-9-1, 5-7-0 CCHA) split with Notre Dame last weekend.
Friday night in South Bend, junior Colton Fretter and sophomore Drew Miller scored before Irish defenseman Wes O'Neill scored with 1:19 left in the third period with goalie David Brown on the bench and the Spartans down two men. Matt Amado then won the game 2:32 into overtime on a rebound in front of sophomore goalie Dominic Vicari.
"We played well, worked hard and it was a good hockey game," said MSU head coach Rick Comley. "Both teams played extremely hard. We took two stupid penalties and that cost us the hockey game."
The following evening at Munn Ice Arena, Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead 42 seconds into the second period before senior Ash Goldie went on a rampage and tallied a hat trick with the last one into an empty net. Sophomore Tommy Goebel recorded MSU's other goal.
Vicari stopped 20 shots for the win.
"The biggest thing is that we got the win and that was all we were hoping to do tonight," said Goldie. "It was a tough night down there, so we just wanted to get out and win this game. So it was huge for us. It was a good feeling, but the biggest thing is those goals lead to the win. I don't want to take away anything from the team and what everybody did tonight. I am just proud of everyone in that room. We did a great job tonight."
MSU will break for final exams and the holidays before returning to action at the 40th annual Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena, Dec. 29-30. MSU will meet New Hampshire on Dec. 29 at 8 p.m.