|#26 Steven Fogarty (John Autey Pioneer Press)|
The big game on Friday night was top ranked Minnesota traveling to South Bend Indiana to take on 4th ranked Notre Dame as part of a 2 game set. Game 1 goes to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4-1 as the Irish did a masterful job of playing defense limiting Minnesota's offensive chances.
Steven Fogarty (NYR 2011 3rd)Vince Hinostroza had a secondary assist on what proved to be Notre Dame's game winning goal. Fogarty got the play going in the Golden Gopher defensive end finding Vince Hinostroza in the right corner and Hinostroza fed Sam Herr perfectly for Notre Dame's 2nd goal. The goal would prove to be the game winner as Notre Dame would hold Minnesota to just 1 game.
Fogarty earned his 2nd assist of the season (1-2-3) on 1 shot but he was 4-7 on his faceoffs. Teammate Robbie Russo (NYI 2011 4th) was scoreless on 1 shot and even for the game. For Minnesota, Brady Skjei (NYR 2012 1st) was scoreless on 2 shots while Taylor Cammarata (NYI 2013 3rd) was scoreless on 1 shot.
Jake Bischoff (NYI 2012 7th) was a healthy scratch for Minnesota as the 2 teams will face off again on Saturday night.
Griffin Reinhart (NYI 2012 1st) had the only assist on his Edmonton Oil Kings 5th goal as the Oil Kings shut out the Kamloops Blazers 5-0 for their 3rd straight shutout win and 4th overall straight win. Reinhart and his blueline corps helped to kill 8 Kamloops penalties. Reinhart is now 1-5-6 on the season.
Teammates Adam Pelech (NYI 2012 3rd) and Troy Donnay (NYR 2013 UFA) were scoreless as their Erie Otters held off the Ottawa 67's 3-2.
Victor Crus-Rydberg (NYI 2013 5th) got a secondary assist on what turned out to be the game tying goal as his Plymouth Whaler Whalers ended a 3 game losing streak after a 3-2 shootout win over the Guelph Storm. Crus-Rydberg is now 3-13-16 on the season after the assist.
B 6th goal of the season late in the 3rd period; his Brandon Wheat Kings were already trailing 6-2. Brandon after taking a 2-1 1st period lead gave up the next 5 straight goals to the Swift Current Broncos as they lost their 2nd straight 6-3. Pulock is 6-8-14 for the season.
Loic Leduc (NYI 2012 4th) by rights should have had 2-3 fighting majors but he was only called for 1 as his Cape Breton Screaming Eagles dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Sherbrooke Phoenix. Leduc was involved with his 1st fight of the season.
Doyle Somerby (NYI 2012 5th) was introduced to his 1st Boston University/Boston College matchup and it did not go well for Somerby's Boston University Terriers as they lost to the 8th ranked Boston College Eagles 5-1. Somerby was scoreless and a -2 for the game.
Stephon Williams (NYI 2013 4th) saw his record fall to 2-4 after his Minnesota Mavericks lost to the Bowling Green Falcons 4-3. It appears that Williams has been hit by the "sophomore jinx" as it seems he just can't buy a win these days. Besides the 2-4 record, Williams has a 3.40 Goals Against and a 0.867 save percentage.
Against the Falcons, Williams gave up 4 goals on just 12 shots before being replaced midway in the 2nd period.
Eamon McAdam (NYI 2013 3rd) did not play and Mackenzie Skapski (NYR 2013 6th) missed his 1st game after suffering a lower body injury last Sunday. Skapski is expected to be out 7-10 days.