Notre Dame and Michigan’s football rivalry was renewed this past season after a three-year hiatus. Brian Kelly did his best last night to stoke the fire between the two rivals.
In attendance at Notre Dame hockey’s game against Michigan, Kelly made an appearance on the Compton Family Ice Arena video board midway through the second period. It was there he decided to have some fun with the Wolverines.
“Just like in football…halfway through the game, Michigan hasn’t scored,” Kelly said on-camera. He’s referring to Notre Dame’s 24-17 win over the Maize and Blue on opening night last September.
That game helped propel the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 regular season.
Brian Kelly on the video board at Compton Ice Arena: “Just like in football… halfway through the game, Michigan hasn’t scored.” ? pic.twitter.com/iL62Ij9Dq6
— Pete Byrne (@PeteByrneWSBT) February 13, 2019
Kelly was off on the details here, as Michigan scored its first points that night on a Quinn Nordin field goal with 11:32 left in the first half when they were down 14-0. Still, the joke probably hits home a little.
Kelly is 3-3 in his ND career against Michigan, though technically the NCAA “vacated” the 2012 win. The Fighting Irish have won three of four against the Wolverines after losing five out of six from 2006-11.
Notre Dame and Michigan will meet in Ann Arbor this fall on October 26. Presumably, at least one of these teams will have something on the line that day.