And it got it in 8-1 and 3-1 victories against Northern Michigan last weekend.
Making it even more impressive is that the Wildcats are the only team to beat the Irish at the Joyce Center so far this season.
Now, the question is can the eighth-ranked Irish -- 14-7-3, 11-4-1-1 and in first place in the CCHA -- keep it going?
“To come in against Northern Michigan on the road and come up with two wins and play the way we did, showed us that we had a lot of character,” Irish center Riley Sheahan said.
“That is really hard to do, especially in this league,” said ND goalie Mike Johnson, who ended a little slump of his own with the two wins, allowing only one goal in each.”
It was Notre Dame's first road sweep of the season.
“It's something we have been aiming for all year, is to get a streak going,” Johnson said. “So, hopefully, we can keep that going through this weekend. But it was a big step.”
Up Friday and Saturday night at the Joyce Center is Alaska. Alaska is led in scoring by freshman forward Cody Kunyk with 16 points and junior defenseman Joe Sova with 15. Sophomore right winger Andy Taranto has the most goals, though, with seven in 17 games.
A year ago the two teams split in Alaska.
They are a good defensive team, Sheahan said.
“And they like to be gritty and get under their opponent's skin,” Sheahan said. “We have to play with discipline and play like we did against Northern Michigan.”
Johnson credited his teammates with helping him hold the Wildcats to a goal each game last weekend.
“The guys did a great job this weekend helping me see shots and helping me out with rebounds when I left them out there,” said the sophomore who had been 2-3-2 over his last seven games prior to the road sweep. “So I felt really good last weekend and hopefully we can carry that over against a good Alaska team.”
It's a team for which Johnson has plenty of respect.
“They are going to be tough to play against,” added Johnson, 1-1 vs. the Nanooks a year ago in Fairbanks. “It's going to be a battle.
“We are going to have to be good both nights and see if we can get a win.”
A second straight sweep would give the Irish its second four-game win streak of the season, but the first since October.
“We need to keep improving,” Sheahan said. “We've got to keep going and getting wins here, and get a little streak going.”
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