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Notre Dame Hockey Beats Minnesota 5-3

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The Irish picked up their fifth win of the season and first in conference play.

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After falling in double overtime last night (although the game technically went down as a tie for both teams), the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hockey team was back in action Saturday against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. After falling behind 2-0, Notre Dame stormed back to claim the road victory 5-3.

First Period

Minnesota opened the scoring midway through the first, capitalizing on a 2-on-1 chance to take the lead on a goal from Brannon McManus. Minnesota scored again a few minutes later, this time from Jack Perbix, and took the 2-0 lead into the locker room after the first period.

Second Period

Notre Dame cut the deficit in half just five minutes into the second period when Nick Leivermann scored with a shot from the point on the power play for his first goal of the season. Later in the second, Paul Stastney jumped on a rebound in front of the net to tie the game, but Minnesota took the lead back with their third goal of the game just 42 seconds later. Before the end of the period Notre Dame managed to tie things up again when a drop pass from Trevor Janicke found Leivermann in the slot where he fired home his second goal of the game.

Third Period

Less than two minutes into the third period, a pass across the top of the zone from Matt Hellickson found Charlie Raith at the point. From there he found the back of the net for the first time in his career to give the Irish their first lead of the night. Trevor Janicke added an empty net goal late in the game to seal the win for Notre Dame.

Scoring

Minnesota: Brannon McManus (2) at 12:34 in the 1st, assisted by Sampo Ranta and Jackson LaCombe

Minnesota: Jack Perbix (1) at 16:13 in the 1st, assisted by Jaxon Nelson

Notre Dame: Nick Leivermann (1) on the PP at 5:20 in the 2nd, assisted by Alex Steeves and Graham Slaggert

Notre Dame: Spencer Stastney (2) at 13:46 in the 2nd, assisted by Cal Burke and Cam Morrison

Minnesota: Garrett Wait (1) at 14:28 in the 2nd, assisted by Matt Staudacher and Bryce Brodzinski

Notre Dame: Nick Leivermann (2) at 17:53 in the 2nd, assisted by Trevor Janicke and Jesse Lansdell

Notre Dame: Charlie Raith (1) at 1:25 in the 3rd, assisted by Matt Hellickson and Cam Morrison

Notre Dame: Trevor Janicke (3) at 19:49 in the 3rd, assisted by Cam Morrison and Spencer Stastney

Penalties

Notre Dame: Jake Pivonka, 2:00 for tripping at 7:33 in the 1st

Minnesota: Bryce Brodzinski, 2:00 for holding at 4:35 in the 2nd

Minnesota: Jackson LaCombe, 2:00 for hooking at 7:03 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Pierce Crawford, 2:00 for elbowing at 10:08 in the 2nd

Notre Dame: Cam Burke, 2:00 for cross-checking at 2:26 in the 3rd

Minnesota: Ryan Johnson, 2:00 for holding at 7:57 in the 3rd

Goalies

Notre Dame: Cale Morris made 24 saves on 27 shots for the win

Minnesota: Jared Moe saved 34 of 38 shots in the loss

Up Next

Notre Dame returns to South Ben next weekend for a series against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday Nov. 8 and Saturday Nov. 9.