The Notre Dame Fighting Irish finished their series against the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday in Minneapolis with a loss as the home team established momentum from the puck drop and ran with it. This followed a series opener Friday in which the Irish outdid the Gophers 4-2.
Game Summary (Golden Gophers 4, Irish 1)
Barely two minutes into the first period of play, Minnesota’s Rhett Pitlick notched the first goal of the night riding high on an Irish slip-up. A high sticking call on Minnesota’s Jimmy Snuggerud about 12 minutes in provided the sole power play opportunity in the first period, but the Irish failed to capitalize. Once the clock ran out on the Irish power play, however, the Irish offense turned on the jets and eventually Notre Dame’s Carter Slaggert found the back of the net to get his team on the board. By the end of the first, the Irish narrowly outshot the Gophers 14-12.
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As the period neared its halfway point, Minnesota’s Ryan Chesley snagged his team’s second goal of the game. Golden Gopher Jaxon Nelson followed up to bring the score to 3-1, Minnesota with about five minutes left in the second. This time around, the Gophers doubled Notre Dame’s 6 shots with 12 of their own. The two teams played quite the gentlemanly second period with no penalties for either squad.
After nearly 16 minutes of back and forth, Pitlick notched a fourth goal for the Gophers. The Irish pulled netminder Ryan Bischel, but it wasn’t enough to shake the 4-1 score and Minnesota locked in the win.
Minnesota: Rhett Pitlick at 17:50 in the 1st with assists from Connor Kurth and Mike Koster
Notre Dame: Carter Slaggert at 03:22 in the 1st with assists from Ryan Siedem and Tyler Carpenter
Minnesota: Ryan Chesley at 11:33 in the 2nd with assists from Bryce Brodzinski and Cal Thomas
Minnesota: Jaxon Nelson at 04:40 in the 2nd with an assist from Mason Nevers
Minnesota: Rhett Pitlick at 04:25 in the 3rd with assists from Mike Koster and Connor Kurth
Minnesota: Jimmy Snuggerud for high sticking at 07:57 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Danny Nelson for hooking at 13:15 in the 3rd
Minnesota: Brody Lamb for cross-checking at 03:05 in the 3rd
Minnesota: Justen Close, 37 saves
Notre Dame: Ryan Bischel, 29 saves
The Irish will head home to take on the Boston College Eagles at 4 p.m. on Friday, November 24 in South Bend.
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