Wednesday Roundup: Gophers Talk Notre Dame, Friends And Brothers

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The Gophers met with the media today and here is what some of them had to say about playing Notre Dame this Saturday in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game.

Zach Budish

Q: What do you know about Notre Dame?

ZB: They are a good team. Their record speaks for itself. They played in the Frozen Four last year and returned pretty much all of their guys from last year's team. They are a good team and we except a good challenge on Saturday.

Q: What are your thoughts about playing only one game this weekend?

ZB: I have never played a one-game series since I have been here, so it is kind of unique in that sense. But that just makes it that much more important and we are playing a top team from the CCHA, who is going to be right there at the end of the year. It is a huge game for us.

Q: You played with Anders Lee in high school, but have you ever played against him?

ZB: We did in high school. He played at St. Thomas eighth through tenth grade, so we played against each other his sophomore year, but not a whole lot really.

Q: What will it be like playing against him?

ZB: He is one of my good friends. We hang out quite a bit over the summer so it will be fun to play against him. But once we get on the ice I don't think we will be friends. We will probably talk a after the game and say hi to each other. But I think he would say the same thing, we are good friends off the ice, but once we get on the ice Saturday night we will act like we don't know one another.

Nate Condon

Q: Your older brother Nick plays for Notre Dame. What would it be like to play against him?

NC: If it happens it will be great. It has always been really competitive between us. Him being a defenseman, hopefully I can get the chance to go down there and plow him into the end board. That would be great. It would be a lot of fun to be out there against him.

Q: Last Saturday against Northeastern, the penalty-killing unit got a lot of work. Despite giving up two five-on-three goals, the unit was pretty good.

NC: The penalty kill was really good. That has been one of our strong points all year, how many penalties we have killed off. Then we got a couple of shorthanded goals and that is never a bad thing either. The only problem is that five-on-three we have let in way too many goals this year. We have button that up and take control of that.

Taylor Matson

Q: What are your thoughts on playing Notre Dame? This is a big non-conference game for you guys.

TM: Notre Dame has been a great team the last couple of years. They have been in the Frozen Four and were the preseason No. 1 team. They have a lot of great top-end talent and we are looking forward to them coming into our building. This is a huge game when it comes down to the end of the year. We are looking forward to it. You want to have a good non-conference record and ours is kind of .500 right now, so we really want to clean that up. With playing only one game this week, we can put all our energy and effort into that game.

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