'U' Heads to Notre Dame This Weekend
Nov. 22, 2017

 2017-18 Gopher Hockey
 Game 15 No. 6 Minnesota at No. 4 Notre Dame
    Date Friday, Nov. 24, 2017
    Time 6:30 p.m. CT
    TV NBC Sports Network
    Stream NBCSports.comTSNGO
    Radio 1130 KTLK AM | 103.5 FM | Listen Online
 Game 16 No. 6 Minnesota at No. 4 Notre Dame
   Date Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
   Time 6:00 p.m. CT
   Stream NBCSports.com 
   Radio Hot 102.5 FM | Listen Online (Full Game)
1130 KTLK AM | 103.5 FM | Listen Online (After Gopher BB)
 Location Compton Family Ice Arena | South Bend, Ind.
 Tickets GopherSports.com/Tickets
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 Game Notes Minnesota | Notre Dame | Big Ten
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A Big Ten showdown is on deck for the No. 6 Gopher Hockey program as they travel to South Bend, Ind., this weekend for a two-game series against No. 4 Notre Dame at Compton Family Ice Arena.

New Look to a Familiar Face
This weekend's series marks the seventh year in a row that Minnesota and Nortre Dame have squared off although this weekend marks the first time the programs will do so as Big Ten rivals with the Irish joining the league as an affiliate member this season. Notre Dame ended Minnesota's year in 2016-17 with a 3-2 win over the Gophers in the opening game of the NCAA Northeast Regional. Additionally, Gophers head coach Don Lucia is a 1981 alum of Notre Dame and played hockey for the Irish.

Pitlick Paces the Gophers Offense
Sophomore forward Rem Pitlick leads the Maroon & Gold with 17 points and seven goals this year. The Nashville Predators prospect has tallied points in eight-straight games (a new career best for the sophomore) while the forward has points in 12 of Minnesota's 14 games. Pitlick contributed to both of Minnesota's goals on Saturday night, scoring the late equalizer and then setting up the overtime winner. In 50 career games, Pitlick has 49 points (21 goals, 28 assists).

Defending the Home Front
Minnesota's 2-1 overtime win over Harvard last Saturday marked Minnesota's seventh-straight victory at 3M Arena at Mariucci. After falling in the home opener, the Gophers are now 7-1-0 at home this season with the current seven-game home winning streak is Minnesota's longest since putting together 10-straight wins at home between the end of the 2013-14 season and the beginning of the 2014-15 season.

To be the Man, You Have to Beat the Man
Minnesota entered the week with the fourth-toughest strength of schedule in college hockey as 10 of the program's first 14 games have come against nationally ranked teams. Things won't get any easier for the Maroon & Gold with No. 9 coming to 3M Arena at Mariucci next weekend followed by a trip to No. 15 Ohio State to close out the first half. If the rankings hold up, 16 of Minnesota's first 20 games will come against ranked opponents. Additionally, this weekend series against Notre Dame will be Minnesota's second-straight opponent from last year's Frozen Four field (Harvard). The Gophers will have played three Frozen Four teams this year after this weekend after opening the year at Minnesota Duluth.

Streaking on the Blue Line
Steve Johnson leads Minnesota with two game-winning goals this season and has now picked up a point in four-straight games (a new career best for the senior defenseman). Meanwhile, sophomore defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf has six assists already this year (a new career high for points and assists).

Schierhorn Climbs Gophers Records
Two-time Big Ten Goaltender of the Year Eric Schierhorn picked up two wins last weekend and currently owns a 52-33-4 career record (9-4-1 this year). The junior is having his best year with the Gophers with a .915 save percentage and a GAA of 2.26. Schierhorn currently ranks tied for fifth in program history in shutouts (10) and ranks eighth all-time in wins (52). Schierhorn has started 89-straight games since arriving on campus and needs two more starts to tie Notre Dame's Cal Petersen for fifth all-time in NCAA history (91).

Spreading Around the Scoring
Minnesota currently ranks tied for 11th in the nation with 42 goals in 14 games this season while 15 different Maroon & Gold skaters have found the net so far in 2017-18. Rem Pitlick leads the team with seven goals followed by Brent Gates Jr. with five goals. Interestingly enough, Minnesota has only recorded one multi-goal game from an individual this year with McManus notching a hat trick on Oct. 15 in a 6-3 win vs. Penn State.

Gophers Picked to Repeat as B1G Champs
The Gophers made NCAA history in 2016-17 as the Maroon & Gold captured their sixth-straight regular-season conference championship including the first four conference titles in Big Ten history (Minnesota also earned WCHA regular-season titles in its final two seasons in the league). The Gophers were selected as the Big Ten favorite again in the 2017-18 Big Ten Hockey Preseason Coaches’ Poll ahead of Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State.

Sheehy Steps Up as Captain
Forward Tyler Sheehy had one of the best individual seasons in recent program history during the 2016-17 campaign. A First Team All-America, the Big Ten Player of the Year and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, Sheehy tallied 53 points (20 goals, 33 assists) -- the most points in a season by a Gopher since Ryan Potulny notched 63 during the 2005-06 season. Now a junior, Sheehy will serve as team captain for Minnesota this year while Mike Szmatula, Leon Bristedt and Ryan Lindgren will serve as alternate captains.

Gophers, 3M Announce Sponsorship Agreement
On July 10, 2017, the University of Minnesota and 3M announced a new sponsorship agreement -- the latest in a 90-year relationship between two of the state’s largest institutions. The 14-year, $11.2 million sponsorship of Gopher Athletics includes the naming rights to what was previously known as Mariucci Arena. Keeping the historic Mariucci name, the Gopher Hockey facility will now be known as 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Big Ten's Best
In addition to the first four regular-season titles in Big Ten Conference history, Minnesota also boasts a conference-best record of 57-21-8-1 in 86 regular-season games since the inaugural year of Big Ten play in 2013-14. The Gophers also boast an impressive 33-7-3-0 mark in conference games on home ice and have set and matched a conference single-season record with 14 wins in 2013-14, 2015-16 and 2016-17

Gophers in the NHL Draft
Thirteen current Gophers have had their names called at the NHL Entry Draft including newcomers Casey Mittelstadt (2017, 1st Round, eighth overall), Scott Reedy (2017, 4th Round, 102nd overall) and Connor Hurley (2013, 2nd Round, 38th overall). Mittelstadt is Minnesota’s highest current draft pick, the 20th First Round selection in program history and the team’s highest draft pick since 2006. Eleven NHL teams hold draft rights for Gophers, led by the Nashville Predators and the Buffalo Sabres with two each.

Our Home, Our Hockey
The Gophers boast an all-time record of 331-130-48 in the 24-year history of 3M Arena at Mariucci (formerly Mariucci Arena). In the last six years, the Maroon & Gold lead the NCAA in home wins (84) and home winning percentage (.746). Minnesota is 33-7-3-0 in Big Ten games on home ice including one victory at TCF Bank Stadium for the 2014 Hockey City Classic.

Gophers in the NHL
The University of Minnesota boasted 15 alums on NHL rosters as the league began play last month -- Phil Kessel (Pittsburgh), Paul Martin (San Jose), Nick Leddy (New York Islanders), Nate Schmidt (Vegas), Erik Haula (Vegas), Kyle Okposo (Buffalo), Thomas Vanek (Vancouver), Mike Reilly (Minnesota), Brady Skjei (New York Rangers), Nick Bjugstad (Florida), Erik Johnson (Colorado), Aaron Ness (Washington), Alex Goligoski (Arizona), Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg) and Jordan Schroeder (Columbus). Eighteen Gopher Hockey alums played in the NHL last season including Kessel, who won a second-straight Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17. The Maroon & Gold have celebrated 113 NHL alums in program history.




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