Gophers suffer first loss of season, to Notre Dame

After taking a 5-0-1 overall record into South Bend this weekend as one of only two unbeaten teams left in the nation, the Gophers (5-1-1) fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 4-1.

In a game that rivaled last weekend’s series against Boston College for speed, Minnesota just didn’t protect the puck as aggressively as Notre Dame.

Notre Dame lit the lamp first with an unassisted power play goal from Bryan Rust in the second period. Shortly after, Gophers Ben Marshall countered with a blast set up by assists from Sam Warning and Hudson Fasching.

But the Irish’s hard work on the power play paid off again when Sam Herr came out from behind the net and knocked it in to break the tie.

Notre Dame’s Garrett Peterson extended the Irish’s lead early in the third period with a breakaway, and Jeff Costello sealed the win with the final goal.

The Gophers will get their chance for revenge Saturday at 6 p.m.