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#4 Irish Clip #6 Golden Gophers 1-0

Nov. 24, 2017

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By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The fourth-ranked University of Notre Dame hockey team pushed its winning streak to eight games Friday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena (4,931), defeating No. 6 Minnesota 1-0 to remain unbeaten in Big Ten Conference play.

Andrew Oglevie‘s second-period goal provided all the cushion the Irish (11-3-1, 5-0-0-0 B1G) needed as goaltender Cale Morris recorded his second straight shutout and third in four games.

Morris turned away all 44 Golden Gopher shots, besting his previous career high in saves (40 vs. Penn State, Nov. 10, 2017).

Special teams were again key for the Irish as Oglevie’s goal came on the power play and Notre Dame’s penalty kill unit went 4-for-4 on the night to move its streak to 22 consecutive kils.

In the Minnesota (9-5-1, 3-3-1-1 B1G) net Eric Schierhorn made 22 saves.

NOTRE DAME SCORING

1-0 | The Irish took the lead less than two minutes into the second period, capitalizing on a power play opportunity after a tripping penalty went against the Golden Gophers. Oglevie’s shot from the slot took a bounce off a Minnesota defender and popped over the shoulder of Schierhorn for the junior’s sixth goal of the season, with Cam Morrison providing the screen in front. Jordan Gross and Bobby Nardella assisted on the play.

COACH JACKSON’S THOUGHTS

On Cale Morris and the defense…
“He’s been in the zone for the last month. He’s very focused. He’s been doing a good job of controlling rebounds. Our guys also did a good job of blocking shots, which probably took away another 10-15 shots.”

“He deserves most of the credit but I thought our defense played well in front of him not allowing second shots. I thought our defensive sticks were pretty good. Minnesota shoots for sticks all over the ice; they’re really good with their sticks offensively. We did a good job of controlling sticks for the most part, so the defense deserves credit, too. But it all starts with your goaltender. He’s got to be the guy back there that keeps the puck in front of him.”

On the speed of Minnesota…
“They’re very fast, very skilled. They’ve got four good lines and they come at you in waves. It was certainly a challenge, but I think we can play better. We need to play better.

“They always come out fast. They’ve been up on everybody the last month in the first period. They come out with a lot of energy and we have to try to match that. That really put us on our heels and then it settled down for a while and then we played pretty well in the second period and late in the first period. We just have to do a good job of making good decisions, especially coming out of our zone.”

On the penalty kill…
“That starts at the goal, but we have a couple of defensemen and forwards that are willing to block shots and that’s a big part of it, too.”

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Irish went 1-for-3 on the power play — with Oglevie’s conversion serving as the game-winner — while holding Minnesota to 0-for-4 with the man advantage. The Irish have now stopped 22 consecutive opponent power-play chances.

NOTES

  • Notre Dame won its eighth game in a row, its longest winning streak since winning 10 games in a row on Feb. 13-March 21, 2009.
  • Jordan Gross skated in the 134th consecutive game of his Irish career (dating back to the first game of his freshman season).
  • Andrew Oglevie scored his sixth goal of the season, and his second game-winning goal of the year.
  • The Irish are 10-1-1 on the season when scoring first.
  • Cale Morris recorded his third career shutout (his third shutout in the last four games).
  • Notre Dame has killed off 22 consecutive opponent power-play chances.

UP NEXT

The Fighting Irish and Golden Gophers close out their weekend series Saturday (Nov. 25) at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:05 p.m. and the game will be televised on NBC Sports Chicago Plus.

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Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame men’s tennis, women’s tennis and fencing programs, in addition to overseeing production of the football Gameday Magazine. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.