Gopher Host Notre Dame (10-29-21 & 10-30-21)

Ignatius L Hoops

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Rankings​

Coach Jeff Jackson’s Irish are ranked No. 14 in USCHO.com (media) poll and receiving votes (16th) in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (coaches) poll. … Coach Bob Motzko’s Gophers are ranked No. 7 in both polls.

Recaps​

Notre Dame bounced back from 3-2 (OT) loss to visiting RIT last Thursday with 6-0 victory over Tigers Friday. … Minnesota was swept by Minnesota Duluth, losing 5-3 at Minneapolis Friday and 2-1 at Duluth Saturday.

Rankings​

Coach Jeff Jackson’s Irish are ranked No. 14 in USCHO.com (media) poll and receiving votes (16th) in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (coaches) poll. … Coach Bob Motzko’s Gophers are ranked No. 7 in both polls.

Recaps​

Notre Dame bounced back from 3-2 (OT) loss to visiting RIT last Thursday with 6-0 victory over Tigers Friday. … Minnesota was swept by Minnesota Duluth, losing 5-3 at Minneapolis Friday and 2-1 at Duluth Saturday.


Rivalry​

Teams have played 64 games dating back to 1924-25 season when Gophers scored two 2-1 victories in Minneapolis. … Minnesota leads series 35-24-5 including 20-13-3 in Minneapolis. … Goalie Jack LaFontaine and Gophers captured pair of 3-0 shutouts in South Bend last Feb. 12-13 after Irish won pair 3-2 and 2-1 from then top-ranked Gophers Jan. 15-16 in Minneapolis.

Shavings​

Gophers are defending Big Ten champions after beating Wisconsin 6-4 in postseason tournament played at Notre Dame during the 2020-21 COVID-19 season. … LaFontaine, who won Mike Richter Award as outstanding goalie last season, has played all six games and has 3.22 goals-against average with .867 saves percentage. Blake McLaughlin (1-8-9) leads Gophers in scoring followed by Bryce Brodzinski (4-3-7), Ben Meyers (1-5-6) and Sammy Walker (3-2-5). … Grad-transfer goalie Matthew Galajda, who had 19 shutouts and was twice a Richter Award finalist at Cornell, made 22 saves in Notre Dame’s shutout of RIT and was named Big Ten hockey’s Third Star of the Week. … Galajda is 3-0 for the season with 1.33 average and .943 saves percentage splitting time with Minnesota native Ryan Bischel (1.92 average, .913 saves percentage). … Junior right wing Max Ellis (3-4-7) leads Irish in scoring followed by junior center Trevor Janicke (4-2-6) and sophomore wing Solag Bakich (1-4-5). … Senior center Cal Burke and sophomore left wing Landon Slaggert each have scored three goals. … Defense is led by seniors Nick Leivermann and Spencer Stastney and grad-transfers Adam Karashik and Chase Blackmun. … Notre Dame has killed off all 24 power-play opportunities by opposition. … Irish, who are in their fifth season in the Big Ten, won Big Ten championships in their first two seasons in the league
 



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I have no idea how Bob puts up with all the no look drop passes at the blue line his forwards do. It drives me crazy and I’m just watching on tv. The forwards just put their defenseman in such tough spots with those passes.
 




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