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Third Period Rally Lifts Notre Dame Past Vermont for First Hockey East Win

Three consecutive goals lifted Notre Dame past Vermont to split the weekend series with the Catamounts.

Notre Dame's Bryan Rust had two assists for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame's Bryan Rust had two assists for the Fighting Irish.
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Burlington, Vermont -- Stephen Johns broke the ice and Sam Herr scored the game-tying and game-winning goal as Notre Dame overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat Vermont on Saturday afternoon at the Gutterson Field House. The win marked the first in Hockey East league play for Jeff Jackson's program.

Robert Polessello and Colin Markison scored first period goals for Vermont. UVM Freshman goaltender Michael Santaguida continued his strong play despite the losing effort.

Vermont will travel to Orono to face Maine for a pair of Hockey East games next weekend while Notre Dame will play host to Minnesota in a nonconference series in South Bend.

Jeff Cox covers college and junior hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.