Freshmen Score Five, Gophers Top Irish, 5-4
Nov. 9, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The No. 1 University of Minnesota men's hockey program topped No. 3/4 Notre Dame 5-4 on Saturday night in South Bend behind five goals from freshmen. Hudson Fasching tallied twice in the win along with Justin Kloos, Taylor Cammarata and Jake Bischoff.
Cammarata finished the night with three points after adding a pair of assists while Bischoff - a defenseman - now has two goals and an assist in four career games for the Gophers.
"It was a game of runs and a little bit of a roller coaster tonight," Gophers coach Don Lucia said. "I thought our guys came out and played extremely hard."
Minnesota (6-1-1 overall) salvaged a split with the Irish for the weekend and snapped Notre Dame's 11-game winning streak at Compton Family Ice Arena.
"We had a better net focus tonight for sure," Fasching said. "Last night was not our best effort. We had a lot better effort tonight and a lot better result too, obviously."
Cammarata opened the night with his third goal of the year at 7:46 of the first period - Minnesota's first of three tallies in the period. Mike Reilly and Seth Ambroz assisted on the power-play goal, which snapped a two-game, 10 power-play drought for the Gophers. Fasching added his first goal of the night at 10:29 on an unassisted tally before Shayne Taker put the Irish on the scoreboard at 12:35.
Kloos tacked on his third goal of the year at 15:04 of the opening stanza with assists from Nate Condon and Cammarata. The Irish (7-3-0) cut it back to a one-goal lead for Minnesota when Mario Lucia scored his first of two goals on the night with 17 seconds left in the first period.
The Gophers would reclaim a two-goal lead with Fasching's second goal of the night and fifth of the season at 7:09 of the second period. Fasching, who leads the Big Ten rookie scoring race with 11 points this season, was set up by Kyle Rau and Sam Warning on the goal. The two-goal padding wouldn't hold, however, as Lucia tallied again at 13:38 and Stephen Johns added the equalizer with a power-play tally at 19:58 of the second period.
Bischoff's timely goal at 8:57 of the third period proved to be the game winner with Cammarata and Connor Reilly picking up assists.
Adam Wilcox moved to 6-1-1 with the win after making 29 saves. Steven Summerhays also made 29 saves in the losing effort, falling to 7-2-0 on the season. Minnesota and Notre both finished the game at 1-for-4 on the power play while the Gophers outshot the Irish by a 34-33 margin.
Minnesota returns to action next weekend with a home nonconference series against Minnesota State at Mariucci Arena.
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