After game one all the way to a shootout, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hockey team was back on the ice to finish their series against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Scoring was hard to come by, as Notre Dame only managed one goal while Minnesota scored their only two goals in the 3rd period for the win.
The first twenty minutes of the game passed without much consequence. Notre Dame managed only one shot on goal and while Minnesota took 15 none made it past Cale Morris.
Just before the midway point of the second period the Irish finally broke through for their goal. Nick Leivermann carried the puck through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone before letting a shot go from the faceoff circle. The puck beat Minnesota goalie Jack LaFontaine five-hole for the 1-0 lead.
Minnesota wasted very little time in the final twenty minutes before finding their own goal. They scored twice, at the 3 and 6 minute marks and held on for the win.
Notre Dame: Nick Leivermann (5) at 8:01 in the 2nd, assisted by Colin Theisen
Minnesota: Ben Meyers (7) at 3:34 in the 3rd, assisted by Brannon McManus
Minnesota: Blake McLaughlin (8) at 6:16 in the 3rd, assisted by Brannon McManus and Sammy Walker
Notre Dame: Jesse Lansdell, 2 for interference at 10:22 in the 1st
Minnesota: Brannon McManus, 2 for holding at 11:06 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Cam Burke, 2 for hooking at 8:11 in the 2nd
Minnesota: Jonny Sorenson, 2 for boarding at 15:06 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Colin Theisen, 2 for tripping at 19:38 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Cam Morrison, 2 for elbowing at 5:29 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Cale Morris made 24 saves on 26 shots in the loss
Minnesota: Jack LaFontaine saved 24 of 25 shots for the win
Notre Dame travels to Ann Arbor next weekend for a series with the Michigan Wolverines Feb 21 and 22.