Gophers Fall to Irish in Series Opener

  1st 2nd 3rd F
Minnesota 0 1 0 1
Notre Dame 0 2 2 4
 1 Final Stats  4

 Scoring Summary
First Period
Team Time Scorer Assist
No Scoring
Second Period
Team Time Scorer Assist
ND 1:58 Rust (2) PPG Unassisted
MINN 6:48 Marshall (2) Fasching, Warning
ND 16:54 Herr (6) PPG Hinostroza, Fogarty
Third Period
Team Time Scorer Assist
ND 3:14 Peterson (1) Unassisted
ND 19:09 Costello (4) ENG Johns
 Goalies
  GA SVS
 Wilcox (UM) 3 29
 Summerhays (ND) 1 31
 Team Statistics
  UM ND
 Shots on Goal 32 31
 Power Play 0-4 2-5
 Penalties 5-10 4-8
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Nov. 8, 2013

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The final two unbeaten teams in Division I men’s college hockey fell on Friday night including No. 1 Minnesota. The top-ranked Gophers dropped a 4-1 nonconference battle to No. 3/4 Notre Dame at Compton Family Ice Arena, giving Minnesota its first loss of the 2013-14 season.

In their first trip to South Bend since 1980, the Gophers (5-1-1 overall, 0-0-0-0 Big Ten) allowed just one even-strength goal in Friday’s series opener but surrendered a pair of power-play goals as well as an empty netter to seal the win for the Irish (7-2-0, 1-1-0 Hockey East).

After a scoreless first period, Bryan Rust’s power-play goal at 1:58 of the second period put the Irish up by a goal early only for Ben Marshall to even the score at 1-1 minutes later at 6:48 with his second tally of the season. Marshall’s even-strength goal was set up by Hudson Fasching and Sam Warning. Notre Dame would get out of the second period with a one-goal lead though as Sam Herr notched the eventual game winner at 16:54 with assists from Vince Hinostroza and Steven Fogarty.

The Irish would tack on an early third period goal from Garrett Peterson at 3:14 of the third before finding an empty netter from Jeff Costello at 19:09 (assisted by Stephen Johns).

Adam Wilcox suffered the loss for Minnesota, making 29 saves to fall to 5-1-1 on the season while Steven Summerhays moved to 7-1-0 with the win after a 31-save performance.

The Gophers and Irish close out the nonconference series tomorrow night at 6 p.m. CT. The Saturday night finale is available on NBCSports.com with radio on 1500 ESPN.

-Pride on Ice-