After a splitting a home series against the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers, the no. 14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish hit the road again this week, making the trip to 3M Arena at Mariucci to face the no. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers. The series was the Big Ten opener for both schools, who split their four contests last season.
Despite being out-shot 9-4 through the first twenty, it was Minnesota who opened up the scoring thanks to a textbook wraparound goal by Ben Meyers. The teams took turns going on the man advantage in the first, but the Gophers PK held the Irish to just one shot on net, while the Irish PK remained perfect on the season.
After dodging a check by Trevor Janicke, Bryce Brodzinski doubled the Minnesota lead by firing a wrist shot past Matthew Galajda. Just like in the opening period, both teams found themselves on the power-play in the second, but failed to capitalize. Carl Fish nearly extended the lead in the closing minutes of the period, but was denied by Galajda.
Galajda with the stop! The graduate student lays out to protect the net!!— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) October 30, 2021
He's got 17 saves through 2⃣ periods.
The 3rd period is now underway!
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Graham Slaggert made it a one-goal game in the third after putting his own rebound past Jack LaFontaine, thanks to a Minnesota turnover at center ice. The goal was his second of the season and assisted by his younger brother, Landon Slaggert. However, a Mason Nevers backhander went over the glove of Galajda to put Minnesota back up by two. Blake McLaughlin then tacked on an empty netter to seal it for the Gophers.
Minnesota: Ben Meyers at 14:46 in the 1st, assisted by Ryan Johnson
Minnesota: Bryce Brodzinski at 05:50 in the 2nd, assisted by Ryan Johnson
Notre Dame: Graham Slaggert at 05:31 in the 3rd, assisted by Landon Slaggert
Minnesota: Mason Never at 18:04 in the 3rd, assisted by Matthew Knies and Matt Staudacher
Minnesota: Blake McLaughlin (ENG) at 19:59 in the 3rd, assisted by Jack Perbix
Minnesota: Rhett Pitlick for hooking at 06:41 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Grant Silianoff for slashing at 16:35 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Grant Silianoff for tripping at 13:05 in the 2nd
Minnesota: Carl Fish for roughing at 15:49 in the 2nd
Minnesota: Jaxon Nelson for roughing at 00:00 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Solag Bakich for tripping at 06:26 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Matthew Galajda, 25 saves
Minnesota: Jack LaFontaine, 28 saves
The Irish will conclude their series with Minnesota on Saturday, October 30, at 6:00 PM ET. The game can be streamed on Big Ten Network Plus.