Waffle Luck Kicks ‘U’

MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 7 men’s hockey program Gopher completed a winning streak against Notre Dame No. 14 on Saturday night, closing the weekend with a 3-2 win at 3M Arena in Mariucci in the first action of the Big Ten Conference of the Year.

Minnesota (5-3-0 overall, 2-0-0-0-0 Big Ten) have now won four straight games against the Irish (4-3-0, 0-2-0-0-0 Big Ten ).

Six Gophers scored points in the win with goals coming from Grant Cruikshank, Jonny sorenson and Bryce Brodzinski.

The “U” improved to 3-0-0 this year when they scored the opening goal as Cruikshank found the net for their second of the year at 11:25 of the opening period. Jackson LaCombe set up the first goal while Rhett pitlick also collected an assist for his point as a Gopher. The Gophers would maintain a lead until the last second of the second period when Grant Silianoff scored for the Irish.

Minnesota bounced back early in the third period when Sorenson scored his first goal of the season on an unassisted total at 2:27, but Notre Dame also responded quickly with another equalizer from Solag Bakich at 2:56.

And with three Big Ten points on the line late in the game, the Gophers’ top scorer stepped up for Maroon & Gold with the match winner as Bryce Brodzinski found the net for the sixth time this season at 5:45 pm thanks to assists from Blake mclaughlin and Brock Faber.

Jack LaFontaine (5-3-0) added another victory to his record books as reigning award winner Mike Richter made 26 saves on 28 shots in the series final and finished the weekend with 54 saves on 57 shots.

Notre Dame had a 28-24 shooting advantage while Minnesota was 3-for-3 on the power play and 0-for-1 on the power play.

Coach comments
“It was a huge weekend for us… I really think Jack was awesome,” Minnesota head coach Bob motzko noted. “Hopefully this is another step forward for us in the right direction.”

McLaughlin and Brodzinski have now contributed points in six of Minnesota’s eight games this season and are the team’s two best two-pointers this year at 11 and nine, respectively.

Next stop: border battle in Madison
Minnesota continues the 2021-22 season next weekend with a two-game Big Ten streak against Wisconsin in Madison. The Battle for the Borders begins Friday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. CT (TV: Bally Sports North PLUS; Stream: BTN + / Bally Sports App; Radio: 1130 KTLK-AM / 103.5 FM) with the series finale scheduled for Saturday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m. CT (TV: Bally Sports North PLUS; broadcast: BTN + / Bally Sports app; radio: 1130 KTLK-AM / 103.5 FM). Both matches will be played at the Kohl Center.

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