Gophers Sweep Irish 4-2
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – A three-goal first period, complete with three assists from Taylor Cammarata, propelled the No. 1 Gopher Hockey program to a 4-2 win over No. 14/15 Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon at Mariucci.
The two-game sweep for the Maroon & Gold extends the nation’s longest active home unbeaten streak to 17 games.
The Gophers (7-1-0 overall, 0-0-0-0 Big Ten) picked up where they left off on Friday, scoring just 29 seconds into the game on Sam Warning’s third goal of the season, a snipe to the top shelf from the slot. Justin Kloos and Cammarata picked up the assists.
Six minutes later, Hudson Fasching made it 2-0 with a power-play goal off a pretty tic-tac-toe play to score into the open net. Cammarata and Mike Reilly combined to set up Fasching for his fifth marker of the season as the Gophers opened the night with two goals on two shots.
Minnesota went 2-for-2 on the power play on Reilly’s second goal of the year at 15:46 of the first period. The junior’s shot from the point was deflected in front off a Notre Dame defenseman’s stick and past Irish goaltender Cal Petersen as Cammarata and Kyle Rau earned assists on the play. The Gophers would finish the game 2-for-4 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.
Notre Dame (5-4-1, 1-0-1 Hockey East) crept back into the game in the second period when Robbie Russo scored at 12:24, but Minnesota answered back just over a minute later at 13:46 when Michael Brodzinski found the net for the first time this season after being set up by Warning and Kloos. Austin Wuthrich made it a 4-2 game at 16:02, but the Irish would get no closer on Sunday afternoon.
Adam Wilcox made 21 saves for the Maroon & Gold to pick up the win, moving to 7-1-0 on the year, while Cal Peterson suffered the loss in a six-save day. Chad Katuner came in for the final 40 minutes of play for the Irish and made 21 saves.
Minnesota returns to action next weekend with a nonconference, home-and-home series with Minnesota Duluth.