Observations from Minnesota's 4-3 Loss to Notre Dame

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Jack Jablonski Fund
Though Minnesota lost its first game of 2012, the Gopher fans (a top-10 Mariucci Arena crowd of 10,242) stepped up, raising over $7,500 for the Jack Jablonski Fund at Mariucci Arena on Saturday. To make a donation of your own online, visit www.jabby13.com.

Notre Dame in the Hall of Fame Game
Minnesota played Notre Dame in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game for the second time on Saturday. The last time the two teams played in a Hall of Fame Game was on Oct. 7, 2000 and the Gophers won that game 7-3. Tonight's contest was UND's first-ever visit to the current Mariucci Arena and the loss by the Gophers dropped them to 13-6-0 in Hall of Fame Games. Minnesota also fell to 8-2-0 in non-conference games and 22-13-3 overall against the Fighting Irish. Both teams were in the WCHA from 1971-1981. Also of note, UM head coach Don Lucia lost for the first time in three meetings against his alma mater in three meetings.

Two Losses in Row
After losing to Northeastern and Notre Dame, Minnesota has lost back-to-back games for the first time all season and for the first time since being swept by Alaska-Anchorage to end the 2010-11 season. The last time the Gophers lost two straight in the regular season was on Feb. 5 and 11, 2011 against Minnesota-Duluth and Denver.

New Student
Sophomore defenseman Chris Student played his first game as a Golden Gopher on Saturday night. A transfer from Northeastern of Hockey East, the game was Student's first in 672 days. He last played on March 6, 2010 against Boston University as a Husky. The former Benilde-St. Margaret's star is one of two former Red Knights on the Minnesota roster. Backup goaltender Mike Shibrowski also went to BSM. Student also became the first player to wear No. 3 for the Maroon and Gold since Sam Lofquist wore the number on Nov. 6, 2009.

Extra Attacker
For the second game in a row, Minnesota pulled goaltender Kent Patterson as part of a last-ditch comeback effort. Though they came up empty in both games, the Gophers drew within one goal in each game thanks in large part to a Taylor Matson goal last Saturday and a Nick Bjugstad tally this Saturday. The two goals with the extra attacker were UM's first with the extra man in 2011-12.

UND-filled Schedule
The Gophers only played Notre Dame once this weekend, but will face a different UND team next weekend when they travel north to take on North Dakota. Minnesota swept its WCHA rival for the first time in Don Lucia's tenure in early November. UM will be looking for its first win of 2012 after a loss to the Fighting Irish on Saturday.

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