#4 Irish Primed For Weekend Series With #6 Minnesota
The Irish and Gophers will be meeting for the first time as Big Ten foes

Nov. 22, 2017
Game Notes
By Dan Colleran

-- Fourth-ranked Notre Dame and sixth-ranked Minnesota will be meeting for the first time as Big Ten opponents in a marquee weekend series at the Compton Family Ice Arena (Nov. 24-25).

Games 15 & 16: #4/4 Notre Dame (10-3-1, 4-0-0-0 B1G) vs. #6/6 Minnesota (9-4-1, 3-2-1-1 B1G)
When: Friday, Nov. 24, 7:35 p.m. ET | Saturday, Nov. 25, 7:05 p.m. ET
Where: Notre Dame, Ind. | Compton Family Ice Arena | Tickets
TV (Stream): NBCSN (NBCSports.com & NBC Sports App) | NBC Sports Chicago Plus (NBCSports.com & NBC Sports App)
Listen: WZOC 94.3 FM & UND.com | Darin Pritchett (PxP)
Series History:
Minnesota leads, 26-16-3
Notes: Notre Dame
Social: @NDHockey

Winners of seven in a row, the Irish enter this weekend’s series in first place in the Big Ten standings (12 points in four games; 4-0-0-0), while Minnesota is second (11 points in six games; 3-2-1-1). With sweeps at Ohio State and at home against Penn State to begin B1G play, Notre Dame became the first team to start a Big Ten conference season with four consecutive league wins. Minnesota had the best previous start to Big Ten play in 2013-14 with a 3-0-1-0 record en route to an 8-0-2-0 B1G start.

Last season, No. 4 seed/12th-ranked Notre Dame came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the top-seeded/fifth-ranked Golden Gophers, 3-2, in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H. The win helped propel the Irish to the 2017 Frozen Four in Chicago.

  • Notre Dame is on a seven game winning streak, which is tied with Boston College for the longest active winning streak in the country.
  • It marks Notre Dame’s first winning streak of at least seven games since Feb. 13 - March 21, 2009 when it won 10 straight games.
  • The Irish did have a seven game unbeaten streak last year from Feb. 3-24, 2017 (5-0-2).
  • Cale Morris has started each game during the current seven-game winning streak, posting a 1.57 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage to go along with a pair of 1-0 shutout wins.
  • Jake Evans (2-8-10) and Cal Burke (3-3-6) have led a balanced Irish offensive attack during the win streak.
  • Also during the streak, Notre Dame is averaging 3.29 goals per game and the Irish penalty kill unit is 24-for-27 (88.9%).


  • On Saturday, Nov. 18, Notre Dame (10-3-1) and Clarkson (10-3-1) became the first two teams in the country to reach 10 wins on the season.
  • It marked the first time Notre Dame won 10 of it first 14 games since 2012-13 (10-4-0) with that season’s 10th win coming on Nov. 30, 2012.
  • This season also marks the earliest the Irish have reached 10 wins (based on date) since starting 2007-08 with a 10-4-0 record with that 10th win coming on Nov. 20 (same weekend of the season as Nov. 18 this year).
  • This weekend’s series will mark the second Top-10 showdown this season at the Compton Family Ice Arena, following then No. 4/6 Notre Dame vs. No. 1/1 Denver on Oct. 13-14.
  • Over the last four games, the Irish have killed off 18 straight opponent power plays.
  • Jake Evans enters the weekend tied for second in the NCAA in points (5-17-22).
  • Evans leads the nation with 17 assists, 208 faceoff wins, 15 even strength points and games with at least three points (4).
  • Evans’ 1.57 points per game average ranks fifth nationally.
  • Jordan Gross (5-8-13) and Bobby Nardella (4-9-13) are tied for third in the country in scoring by defensemen (tied with each other for the Big Ten lead among defensemen).
  • Cale Morris’ .945 save percentage ranks fourth in the country (minimum 33% team minutes played), while his nine wins are tied for second with Minnesota’s Eric Schierhorn.