Jan. 27, 2018
By Dan Colleran
MINNEAPOLIS — Behind a prolific power play, top-ranked Notre Dame bounced back with a 4-1 win over No. 13/14 Minnesota on Saturday night at the 3M Arena at Mariucci (9,890).
With the victory, Notre Dame (20-5-1, 14-2-0-0) finished the season series against the Gophers with a 3-1-0 mark and posted its 20th win of the season.
In addition to Malmquist’s two goals, Andrew Oglevie finished with three assists to tie his career high and Evans and Gross each posted a goal and an assist.
In net, Cale Morris turned aside 16 of the 17 shots he faced to earn his 19th win of the season.
The Irish finished the night 3-for-6 on the power play while also holding Minnesota to an 0-for-3 mark.
NOTRE DAME GOALS
1-0 | Jordan Gross scored his sixth goal of the season at 16:41 of the first period to give the Irish a 1-0 lead. Bobby Nardella earned the assist by sliding the puck over to Gross at the point, who then fired a slapshot high past Robson, with Jake Evans providing the screen in front. Andrew Oglevie deflected the puck along the boards to stop Minnesota’s clearing attempt, earning the second assist.
2-0 | The Irish struck again on the power, this time when Jake Evans slotted home his ninth goal of the season from the low slot following a great cross-ice pass from Andrew Oglevie. Jordan Gross also assisted on on the play.
3-1 | Dylan Malmquist picked up a Minnesota turnover down low and he slid the puck low past Robson for his first goal of the night, scored at 6:47 of the third.
4-1 | Another tic-tac-toe passing sequence on the power play ended with Malmquist sending a wrist shot high past Robson for his second of the night, scored at 17:40 of the third period.
- Jordan Gross skated in the 145th consecutive game of his Irish career (dating back to the first game of his freshman season).
- With a goal and an assist, Gross moved into sole possession of third place in the Irish record book for career points by a defenseman (32-79-111).
- It marked the fourth multi-point game of the season for Gross and the 25th of his career.
- Jake Evans skated in his 117th consecutive game dating back to his freshman season.
- With three assists, Andrew Oglevie posted his seventh multi-point game of the season and the 16th of his career.
- Oglevie matched his career high assist total, which he did one other occasion.
- Notre Dame is now 7-1-0 on the season when leading after one period and 16-1-0 when leading after two periods.
- Dylan Malmquist posted his third multi-point game of the season and the 11th of his career.
Next weekend, Notre Dame will play a road series on Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3 at No. 12/14 Penn State. Puck drop for game one is slated for 6:30 p.m. and it will be televised by the Big Ten Network, while game two will begin at 4 p.m.
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Dan Colleran, Director of Athletics Communications at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).