WEST HAVEN \u2014 For three years, Notre Dame-West Haven senior forward Matt Dumas has played in the West Haven Holiday tournament, winning the title the first two years. Dumas was not about to let an opportunity to play in a third straight title game slip away. Scoring twice and adding an assist, Dumas helped the Green Knight score four unanswered goals to defeat Xavier 4-1 at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Thursday night. With the win, Notre Dame (3-1) advances to the tournament final. \u201cThis is huge for us,\u201d Dumas said after finishing with two goals and an assist. \u201cThis is the third year of the tournament and we have won both. We would like to go out with three.\u201d Dumas helped turn the game around for the Green Knights with 4 minutes, 14 seconds remaining in the opening period. Trailing 1-0 on a goal by Xavier\u2019s Andrew Meoli 2:13 earlier, Dumas turned the momentum of the game in Notre Dame\u2019s favor for good. After a sluggish start, the Green Knights were sparked when Ryan Lynch sent a perfect pass across the crease to Dumas, who quickly beat Xavier goaltender Ben Guidobono to even the game at 1. \u201cI thought the goal was huge,\u201d Dumas said. \u201cWe came out a little sluggish. We were not making plays. I thought we got the momentum after the goal. It lit a fire underneath us.\u201d The Green Knights had a golden opportunity to take the lead just before the intermission, but Ryan Lynch\u2019s shot stuck under Guidobono, keeping the game even after one period of play. \u201cI was happy with the way the guys played minus seven or eight minutes in the first period,\u201d Notre Dame coach Tim Belcher said. \u201cThey came out flying and we didn\u2019t. They were ready to play and we were still having Christmas dinner at the table. We need to get off to better starts.\u201d Xavier coach Dan DeConti was pleased with the way his team started the game, but felt a lack of fluidity to the game hurt his team. \u201cWe could not get into any rhythm when we were on the penalty kill so much,\u201d DeConti said. \u201cWe talked about how we had to be better disciplined.\u201d The Falcons gave the Green Knights five power-play opportunities in the contest and Notre Dame capitalized twice, including a second period goal that gave the Green Knights the lead for good. Ryan Lynch did the honors for Notre Dame as he went the length of the ice and beat Guidobono for a 2-1 lead with 6:31 remaining in the middle period. \u201cThe Lynchs, Dumas, they can play hockey,\u201d Belcher said. \u201cThey are hockey players. They have that instinct. You can\u2019t teach that type of instinct.\u201d The Green Knights hung on to the two-goal lead until the third period. After Ryan Lynch was denied in front 28 seconds into the final period and Kyle Lynch was denied on a short-handed bid 2:30 in, the Green Knights finally increased the margin with 5:13 remaining in the third period. On the power play for the fifth time in the game, the Green Knights capitalized when Colin O\u2019Connor one-timed a shot past Guidobono for a 3-1 lead. \u201cI thought we played well,\u201d DeConti said. \u201cThis team is kind of still learning how to play. Five on five, it is a 1-1 game. They got two power-play goals and an empty-net goal. We talked about how we couldn\u2019t take penalties against this team. We did not stay disciplined enough. \u201cWe were supposed to throw everything at them. We could not get anything going.\u201d Dumas clinched the game for the Green Knights with an empty-net goal with 13.4 seconds remaining off assists from Kyle Lynch and Ryan Lynch. Ryan Lynch finished with a goal and two assists, while Kyle Lynch had three assists.