Nov. 8, 2014
Final Stats Minneapolis, Minnesota – University of Minnesota junior goaltender Adam Wilcox stopped all 20 shots he faced and the Golden Gophers got goals from five different players on the way to a 5-0 shutout of Notre Dame in front of a sellout crowd of 10,052 at Mariucci Arena on Friday night.
Justin Kloos (ppg), Leon Bristedt, MIke Reilly, Sam Warning and Ben Marshall scored for Minnesota as the Gophers peppered Irish goaltender Cal Petersen with 44 shots while Notre Dame had just 20 in the game. This marks the second game in a row that the Irish have surrendered a season-high 44 shots, as Vermont did it on Nov. 1 at the Compton Family Ice Arena
The loss snaps Notre Dame’s six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) that started on Oct. 1, as the Irish fall to 5-3-1 on the season. The win improves top-ranked Minnesota to 6-1-0 on the year and extends the Gophers’ home winning streak to 16 straight games.
Minnesota got what turned out to be the game winner just 2:09 into the game, as Kloos scored his sixth of the year on the power play. With Anders Bjork off for tripping at 1:39, Tyler Cammarata, who had two assists on the game, moved the puck from the right boards to Kyle Rau parked on the goal line to the right of Petersen. He pulled the defense towards him and slid a pass across the crease to Kloos alone on the left side and he lifted the puck over Petersen to make it 1-0. The power-play goal snapped a streak of 13 straight penalties killed by the Irish.
Notre Dame’s best chance in the period came when Bjork and Hinostroza got loose on a two-on-zero scoring bid. Hinostroza took the shot and Wilcox got his blocker on it.
The Gophers out shot Notre Dame 18-6 in the first period.
Notre Dame’s offense generated nine shots in the second period, but Minnesota got the lone goal when Bristedt scored his first collegiate goal, snapping a wrist shot from the left face-off dot over Petersen’s glove hand at 12:04. His goal was one of 14 shots in the second for the Gophers who had a 32-15 advantage after two periods.
Minnesota would put the game away in the third with two goals just 53 seconds apart early in the stanza and then a third goal late for the five-goal margin. Reilly scored his first of the season at 1:49 when he got loose down low on the right side of the goal. Freshman defenseman Jack Glover put a pass right in Reilly’s wheel house and the junior defenseman one-timed a shot from a bad angle under the cross bar to make it 3-0.
Right off the face off, the Gophers went back on the offense and this time, Warning lifted the rebound of a Jake Bischoff shot over Petersen who had no chance on the shot at 2:42 and Minnesota had a 4-0 lead.
With the teams playing four-on-four, Marshall closed the scoring at 17:51when his slap shot from the left point deflected off an Irish defender and over Petersen who was down low to stop the long shot.
The Irish mustered just five shots in the third period and Wilcox was equal to the task on the way to his ninth career shutout.
Notre Dame was 0-for-3 on the power play while the Gophers were 1-for-4. The shutout was the second of the season against the Irish. The first came on Oct. 12, a 3-0 decision, versus Minnesota Duluth in the third-place game of the Ice Breaker tournament.
The shutout ended Mario Lucia’s six-game point streak (7g, 2a, 9 pts) and his three-game goal-scoring streak (3g, 1a, 4 pts).
The five-goal loss was the largest margin of defeat for the Irish since Dec. 2, 2011 when they dropped a 9-2 decision to Northeastern at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The 5-0 shutout loss was the largest shutout against Notre Dame since Dec. 8, 2004 when the Irish dropped an 8-0 decision to Michigan at home.
The two teams will meet in the second game of the series at 4 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, Nov. 9. The game will be televised by ESPNU.
** Since taking a 2-0 lead versus Vermont in the second period of the Oct. 31 game, Notre Dame has given up seven unanswered goals (two to Vermont and five to Minnesota).
** With the win, Minnesota is now 25-14-3 versus Notre Dame, including a 16-8-2 mark at home. The last time the Irish won at Mariucci Arena came on Jan. 7, 2012 by a 4-3 decision.
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 3 - FNotre Dame (5-3-1) 0 0 0 - 0Minnesota (6-1-0) 1 1 3 - 5
1st Period: UM: Justin Kloos 6 (Kyle Rau, Taylor Cammarata), PPG, 2:09.
Penalties: ND: 3 for 6 minutes; UM: 1 for 2 minutes.
2nd Period: UM: Leon Bristedt 1 (Hudson Fasching, Michael Brodzinski), 12:04.
Penalties: ND: 2 for 4 minutes; UM: 1 for 2 minutes.
3rd Period: UM: Mike Reilly 1 (Jack Glover, Rau), 1:49; UM: Sam Warning 2 (Jake Bischoff, Cammarata), 2:42; UM: Ben Marshall 1 (Brodzinski, Connor Reilly), 17:51.
Penalties: NU: 2 for 4 minutes; ND: 3 for 6 minutes.
Shots On Goal:Notre Dame 6 - 9 - 5 - 20Minnesota 18 - 14 - 12 - 44
Goaltender Saves:ND: Cal Petersen (60:00) 17 - 13 - 9 - 39UM: Adam Wilcox (60:00) 6 - 9 - 5 - 20
Power Plays:ND: 0 for 3UM: 1 for 4