Robson makes 42 saves, Gophers beat No. 9 Notre Dame 5-1

Five skaters found the back of the net and Mat Robson made 42 saves to lead the Minnesota Gophers past No. 9 Notre Dame 5-1 on Friday night.

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Minnesota netted five goals on 22 shots in the series opener. Tommy Novak, Blake McLaughlin, Brannon McManus, Sammy Walker and Rem Pitlick each scored in the victory.

After a scoreless first period, the Gophers went on to score four unanswered goals. Novak struck first at 12:04 of the second period with a one-timer in the slot.

McLaughlin followed that up with his first career goal at 5:35 of the third.

McManus scored his seventh of the year at 9:15 before Walker’s fifth goal of the season put the Gophers up 4-0.

Notre Dame got on the board at 16:50, but Pitlick sealed the win with an empty-netter.