SouthtownStar Athletes on Campus: T.J. Tynan stars for Notre Dame hockey
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media February 1, 2013 9:40PM
Notre Dame hockey player T.J. Tynan. Supplied photo
Updated: March 4, 2013 6:25AM
University of Notre Dame junior center T.J. Tynan was named the Warrior CCHA Player of the Month for December in men’s hockey.
The Orland Park native helped the Irish to a 4-0-0 record as he scored three goals and added four assists in four contests. He scored once on the power play and had two game-winners while being plus-4 for the month. Tynan scored at least one point in all four games and had three games with two points.
A third-round draft choice of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2011 NHL draft, Tynan opened the month with the game-winning goal and an assist in a 6-1 win Dec. 1 at home vs. Lake Superior State.
On Dec. 7, Tynan again scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 3-2 victory over visiting Michigan State.
The following night, Tynan assisted on a goal as the Irish handed the Spartans a 5-1 loss.
Tynan and Notre Dame closed out the first half of their schedule Dec. 15 with a 4-1 win at Bowling Green. In that game, the 5-foot-8, 165-pounder had a goal and an assist. He was named the first star of the game for his play in the win.
Through its first 26 games Notre Dame was 16-10 overall and 12-6 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Tynan was second on the team with eight goals and 21 points. He was tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (3) and assists (13). Tynan played in all 26 games and has a plus-minus rating of plus-9, good enough for fifth on the Irish.
For the Redbirds
Two Southland residents on Illinois State’s football team received postseason honors.
Junior strong safety Ezra Thompson (Lincoln-Way East) was named to the 2012 All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Newcomer Team.
The Tinley Park resident, a transfer from Colorado State, started in all 11 regular-season games for the Redbirds and finished with 42 tackles, one interception and two pass breakups. He recorded a career-high eight tackles in the season finale against North Dakota State and had an interception and four tackles in ISU’s overtime win over Eastern Illinois.
Sophomore cornerback Mike Banks (Mount Carmel) was one of three Redbirds named honorable mention All-MVFC. The University Park resident was tied for second in the MVFC with 12 passes defended. Banks also was seventh on the team with 55 tackles and added two interceptions, three tackles-for-loss and two quarterback hurries.