Minnesota takes on Notre Dame in a matchup on Tuesday that will see the Gophers take on a better goalie in ND’s Steven Summerhays than Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox already is. Let’s go inside the numbers to tell you why.
3: In six games, Notre Dame has three wins versus WCHA schools in 2012-13. The first win was an IceBreaker championship over Nebraska-Omaha by a 3-2 score.
1.53: In shy of 1,000 minutes played for the Irish, goaltender Steven Summerhays has a 1.53 goals against average that merely is ten points better than Adam Wilcox’s 1.63 goals against average. Both goaltenders can play.
12: Minnesota has had twelve of its current skaters play in one game versus the Fighting Irish, with Ben Marshall and Nate Condon each recording two assists. Notre Dame won last year’s meeting by a 4-3 count in Minneapolis.
38: In an all-time total of thirty-eight games played (according to Notre Dame), Minnesota leads the series 22-13-3. In Minneapolis, where a majority of games have occurred, UM leads 14-8-2.
22: Dating back to February 24, 2012, ND’s Steven Summerhays has played in twenty-two of the last twenty-five games. During that time where he’s started in 21 games, he owns a 1.47 GAA and a 15-6-0 record in those starts.
7: Seven is lucky for Minnesota, as the Gophers are 7-3-0 in the last ten games versus the Irish.
34: Let’s take you back to the 2012 Hall of Fame game featuring Minnesota and the Irish. Do you remember what the final shot count was? Minnesota had it, by a 34-30 margin. Fourteen of those shots came in the final twenty minutes. Another nugget about that game is below.
5: Five of the seven goals scored in the game referenced earlier (last year’s HOF game) were either stemming from the power play or came shorthanded. The penalty that was most frequent before a special teams goal? Holding.
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